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Leaseweb versus CenturyLink

Easily compare Leaseweb and CenturyLink 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 Leaseweb CenturyLink
Short profile Leaseweb has been an established player in the (enterprise) hosting market for many years and launched their CDN mid 2013. Leaseweb claims 'the most competitive price in the CDN market' and has a reseller program. CenturyLink owns and operates a global Tier-1 network and - logically - their CDN runs on top of it. CenturyLink CDN has POPs on all continents and their product focus is on video and large object delivery. CenturyLink CDN is part of the Google Cloud CDN Interconnect.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Leaseweb CenturyLink
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Sortof/partially No
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Yes
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Yes
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Yes CDN Mesh Delivery
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Yes CDN Mesh Delivery
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization No No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No No
WAFWeb Application Firewall Extra costs Domain Protection No
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Extra costs DDoS IP Protection Yes
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Yes Private CDN No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Unknown Unknown

Network

Region Leaseweb CenturyLink
North America 6 29
Latin America 0 9
Europe 6 36
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 2 7
China 0 0
Oceania 0 4
Middle-East 0 4
Africa 0 3

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Leaseweb CenturyLink
Minimum contract term One month 12 months
Minimum monthly costs $49 Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred None None
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.06 per GB Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.06 per GB Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.06 per GB Unknown

Features

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Leaseweb CenturyLink
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Leaseweb needs 1 business day to get you started No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Yes Instant Unknown
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com No No global Anycast No No global Anycast
HTTP/2 Yes No
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? No Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Resend from origin or 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 Yes HTTP and HTTPS.
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Yes 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 Yes Extra costs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Yes Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Sortof/partially Can set max-age override and set 404 caching TTL Sortof/partially
Cache control - client caching Sortof/partially Sortof/partially
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Sortof/partially CDN serves cached if origin is down Unknown
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant most of the time Yes Instant
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge per file and purge all Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Yes Bandwidth, geo distribution and more Yes
Log files Sortof/partially One hour delay. Fetch via FTP Yes
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited)
HTTPS & Content Protection Leaseweb CenturyLink
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Free. SNI No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate No Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Free. SNI Extra costs
Token authentication Yes Extra costs
Geo blocking Yes Extra costs
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Unknown
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content No Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Yes Unknown

Support

Customer support Leaseweb CenturyLink
Documentation Yes Yes, public KB Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Yes 24/7 personal support via telephone and email. Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support