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Limelight versus Lumen

Easily compare Limelight 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 Limelight Lumen
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. 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 Limelight Lumen
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Web Acceleration Services Yes CDN Edge Compute
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Content Delivery Services Yes CDN and/or CDN Edge Compute
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 and/or CDN Mesh Delivery
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Video Delivery Services Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Extra costs Image Optimization optional Yes part of CDN Edge Compute
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes Managed DNS Services Unknown
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Web Application Firewall Yes WAF
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes DDoS Attack Interceptor Yes Lumen DDoS Hyper (on-demand) and DDoS Mitigation Service
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Yes Global Private CDN Yes CDN Mesh Delivery for Enterprise
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Network-Enhanced Edge Compute Yes Edge Compute

Network

Region Limelight Lumen
North America 20 32
Latin America 9 11
Europe 15 36
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 16 6
China 10 0
Oceania 3 1
Middle-East 9 4
Africa 3 2

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Limelight Lumen
Minimum contract term 12 months Unknown
Minimum monthly costs Varies by product and service Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None Unknown
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Yes Unknown
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

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Web acceleration Limelight 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? Sortof/partially A few minutes 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 Extra costs Alias support optional No No global Anycast
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes Yes
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 Yes
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 Yes
Cache control - client caching Yes 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 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
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration, OVP, origin storage Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited)
HTTPS & Content Protection Limelight Lumen
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Free. SNI Yes
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Yes
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Yes
Token authentication Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Yes
Geo blocking Yes IP access control by Geo and IP Yes
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Yes
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Yes
IP white/blacklisting Yes MediaVault. Highly customizable Yes

Support

Customer support Limelight Lumen
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. Unknown