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Level 3 versus Tata Communications

Easily compare Level 3 and Tata Communications 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 Level 3 Tata Communications
Short profile Level 3 owns and operates a global Tier-1 network and - logically - their CDN runs on top of it. Level 3 CDN has POPs on all continents and their product focus is on video and large object delivery. Level 3 CDN is part of the Google Cloud CDN Interconnect. Tata Communications is a full service, carrier grade, global CDN that has been in operation since their acquisition of BitGravity in 2012. The CDN rides on Tata’s global infrastructure which is the largest Tier 1 network in the world. Tata’s ownership of the network and peering relationships enable it to be very competitive when it comes to price.

Products

Product Level 3 Tata Communications
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Not available/supported Partially
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Available/supported Available/supported
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Available/supported Available/supported
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Available/supported Available/supported
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Available/supported Available/supported
Image OptimizationAutomatic image compression/optimization Not available/supported Not available/supported
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Not available/supported Not available/supported
WAFWeb Application Firewall Not available/supported Not available/supported
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Available/supported Not available/supported
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Not available/supported Not available/supported

Network

Region Level 3 Tata Communications
North America 30 8
Latin America 9 0
Europe 38 4
Russia & CIS 4 0
Asia, excl China 8 10
China 0 0
Oceania 1 1
Middle-East 5 1
Africa 4 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Level 3 Tata Communications
Minimum contract term 12 months Unknown
Minimum monthly costs Unknown Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None Unknown
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred None Unknown
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown

Features

Web acceleration Level 3 Tata Communications
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not available/supported Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales. Not available/supported
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Unknown Partially <10 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Not available/supported No global Anycast Available/supported Global Anycasted network
tooltip Tata recommends against root domain though, as they may make changes in DNS at any time
HTTP/2 Not available/supported Not available/supported End of 2017
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin Resend from origin
tooltip Always fetch compressed from origin
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS.
tooltip
Available/supported HTTP and HTTPS
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Available/supported Configure specific other Host header
tooltip CDN can also forward client request Host header to origin
Partially Can't configure specific other Host header
Origin shieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Extra costs Extra costs Tiered architecture, not single POP shield
tooltip Tata support is needed to enable/configure this
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply Not available/supported
Cache control - CDN caching Partially Available/supported Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Partially Available/supported Full and granular control
Serve stale CDN Guide: Serve staleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Unknown Partially
tooltip Tata support is needed to enable/configure this
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Available/supported Instant Available/supported No longer than 2 mins, often much faster
Purge - capabilities Partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Partially Purge all, purge by directory, not by tag or header
Analytics Available/supported Available/supported Many metrics in the UI
tooltip 2 seconds refresh ('instant') possible at extra charge
Log files Available/supported
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
Partially Refreshed every 24h. Available via FTP
tooltip 15m refresh possible at extra charge
API Partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Partially Purge, configuration. Not analytics
HTTPS & Content Protection Level 3 Tata Communications
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Not available/supported Not available/supported
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Not available/supported
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Extra costs SNI. Pricing is custom.
tooltip Update cert via UI or API
Token authentication Extra costs Extra costs
Geo blocking Extra costs Available/supported
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Unknown Available/supported Their support team is needed
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Unknown Not available/supported
IP white/blacklisting Unknown Available/supported White or black listing. IP addresses and CIDR blocks
tooltip Customer can configure self in UI

Support

Customer support Level 3 Tata Communications
Documentation Partially Yes, but not public Partially Some documentation, not public
Humans Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email and phone support Available/supported All customers get 24/7 email and phone support.