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Limelight versus CenturyLink

Easily compare Limelight 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 Limelight CenturyLink
Short profile Limelight (NASDAQ: LLNW) has been a strong player in the CDN market since 2001. Limelight has a large, high-capacity network with POPs on many continents and offers digital content delivery, live and on-demand video, cloud security and edge computing services. 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 Limelight CenturyLink
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Web Acceleration Services No
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Content Delivery Services Yes
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Content Delivery Services Yes
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Realtime and Live Streaming Yes CDN Mesh Delivery
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Video Delivery Services Yes CDN Mesh Delivery
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Extra costs Image Optimization optional No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes Managed DNS Services No
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Web Application Firewall No
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes DDoS Attack Interceptor Yes
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Yes Global Private CDN No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Network-Enhanced Edge Compute Unknown

Network

Region Limelight CenturyLink
North America 20 29
Latin America 9 9
Europe 15 36
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 16 7
China 10 0
Oceania 3 4
Middle-East 9 4
Africa 3 3

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Limelight CenturyLink
Minimum contract term 12 months 12 months
Minimum monthly costs Varies by product and service Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Yes None
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) Confidential, market competitive Unknown

Features

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Limelight CenturyLink
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially A few minutes Unknown
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Extra costs Alias support optional No No global Anycast
HTTP/2 Yes No
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Resend from origin, or compress on 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 Match protocol
Yes HTTP and HTTPS.
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Yes Configure specific other Host header
tooltip CDN can also forward client request Host header to origin
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 Self-service control Extra costs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Origin Storage. Upload via UI or API Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Sortof/partially
Cache control - client caching Yes Sortof/partially
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Unknown
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Yes Instant
Purge - capabilities Yes Purge by path, all, pattern, wildcard. Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Yes Yes
Log files Extra costs Download logs via FTP, SFTP, rsync and scp
tooltip Delay is ~10 minutes
Yes
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration, OVP, origin storage Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited)
HTTPS & Content Protection Limelight CenturyLink
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Free. SNI No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Extra costs
Token authentication Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Extra costs
Geo blocking Yes IP access control by Geo and IP Extra costs
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Unknown
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Unknown

Support

Customer support Limelight CenturyLink
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support. Customers who purchase Advanced Services have access to a designated Limelight Advanced Services team member. Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support