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Imperva versus Lumen

Easily compare Imperva and Lumen for POP locations, products, pricing, features & support. We hope this helps you better understand the similarities and differences between these content delivery networks.

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Company

Company Imperva Lumen
Short profile Imperva's CDN (formerly Incapsula) makes your websites and applications faster, more reliable and safer. A global network of servers provides content caching, load balancing and failover, while an enterprise-grade cloud web application firewall and DDoS protection safeguard your site from the latest threats. Lumen (formerly known as Centurlink or Level 3) owns and operates a global Tier-1 network and - logically - their CDN runs on top of it. Lumen CDN has POPs on many continents and their product focus is on video, large object delivery and edge computing.

Products

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Product Imperva Lumen
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Content Delivery Network Yes CDN Edge Compute
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Content Caching Yes CDN and/or CDN Edge Compute
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Yes
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? No Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video No Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes Image Compression Yes part of CDN Edge Compute
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Sortof/partially Name Server (NS) Protection
tooltip Name Server (NS) Protection is a secure proxy in front of your authoritative DNS
Unknown
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Web Application Firewall Yes WAF
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes DDoS Protection Yes Lumen DDoS Hyper (on-demand) and DDoS Mitigation Service
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No Yes CDN Mesh Delivery for Enterprise
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Unknown Yes Edge Compute

Network

Region Imperva Lumen
North America 11 28
Latin America 3 10
Europe 11 35
Russia & CIS 1 0
Asia excl. China 11 7
China 0 0
Oceania 3 4
Middle-East 3 4
Africa 1 2

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Imperva Lumen
Minimum contract term Unknown Unknown
Minimum monthly costs Unknown Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown Unknown
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown Unknown
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown

Features

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Web acceleration Imperva Lumen
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes No Not yet, but coming soon.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Yes Instant Sortof/partially No longer than 15 minutes - Often instant
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Yes Anycasted network (regional) No No global Anycast
HTTP/2 Yes FAQ Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes IPv6 support Yes
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Compress on the edge Sortof/partially Resend from origin only
tooltip Does not compress on the edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP and HTTPS.
tooltip Can be IP address
Yes HTTP and HTTPS.
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Yes Can configure specific other Host header.
tooltip Forward client request Host header is possible
Yes Configure specific other Host header
tooltip CDN can also forward client request Host header to origin
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Extra costs Yes
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin No Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Granular control/override rules possible Yes
Cache control - client caching Yes Granular control/override rules possible Yes
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Yes
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Yes Instant
Purge - capabilities Yes Purge all, by directory, by file extension, by tag(s) Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Yes Real time perf and security events dashboard Yes
Log files Yes Available via UI, API, or full SIEM integration
tooltip Logs are not delayed
Yes
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited)
HTTPS & Content Protection Imperva Lumen
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes CDN and SSL/TLS Yes
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Yes Yes
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Yes
Token authentication Yes Via authentication header Yes
Geo blocking Yes Yes
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Yes
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes Two Factor Authentication Yes
IP white/blacklisting Yes IP address/ranges/subnets, self-service in UI Yes

Support

Customer support Imperva Lumen
Documentation Yes Yes, public Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Yes Imperva’s team of support engineers deliver technical assistance 24x7x365 via phone, email, or online via the self service portal Unknown