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Lumen versus AdvancedHosting

Easily compare Lumen and AdvancedHosting 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 Lumen AdvancedHosting
Short profile 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. AdvancedHosting provides dedicated servers, cloud servers, cloud storage, CDN, AnycastDNS, DevOps as a Service and domain registration since 2002. The CDN has ~25 POPs on 4 continents, supporting delivery of video and static assets.

Products

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

Network

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

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Lumen AdvancedHosting
Minimum contract term Unknown None
Minimum monthly costs Unknown $0.01
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown Yes
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.025 per GB or $0.5 per Mbps
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.025 per GB or $0.5 per Mbps
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.025 per GB or $0.5 per Mbps

Features

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Lumen AdvancedHosting
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Not yet, but coming soon. Yes
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially No longer than 15 minutes - Often instant Sortof/partially 2 to 3 minutes (video takes longer)
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com No No global Anycast No
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes Yes
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Sortof/partially Resend from origin only
tooltip Does not 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
tooltip Video: only pull over HTTP
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 Can be different from origin host
tooltip Video: only origin Host
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Yes Free.
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply Extra costs $25/TB
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Yes Origin or CDN controlled
Cache control - client caching Yes Yes Origin or CDN controlled
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 Sortof/partially A few minutes
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Yes Purge specific files, purge all (not for VideoCDN)
Analytics Yes Sortof/partially Cache hit ratio and error rate not yet available
Log files Yes No Available on request (support ticket)
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Lumen AdvancedHosting
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Yes
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Yes Sortof/partially Let's Encrypt with auto-renewal. CDN handles all.
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Yes Can be an EV certificate. Free.
Token authentication Yes Yes Antihotlink protection
Geo blocking Yes Sortof/partially VideoCDN only
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Yes Set allow and/or block list.
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes No
IP white/blacklisting Yes Sortof/partially VideoCDN only

Support

Customer support Lumen AdvancedHosting
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Sortof/partially API docs and VoD API docs
Humans Unknown Yes Ticket system, Skype and email support is free.