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Lumen versus Akamai

Easily compare Lumen and Akamai 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 Akamai
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. Akamai is one of the oldest CDNs and generally considered to be the largest global CDN. They have 'servers everywhere' and a wide range of products and services. The company is actively involved in Let's Encrypt and is pushing HTTP/2 adoption.

Products

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  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Lumen Akamai
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes CDN Edge Compute Yes Dynamic Site Accelerator
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes CDN and/or CDN Edge Compute Yes Ion
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Yes Download Delivery
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery Yes Adaptive Media Delivery
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery Yes
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes part of CDN Edge Compute Yes Image & Video Manager
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Unknown Yes Edge DNS
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes WAF Yes Web Application Protector
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Lumen DDoS Hyper (on-demand) and DDoS Mitigation Service Yes Kona DDoS Defender
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Yes CDN Mesh Delivery for Enterprise Unknown
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Edge Compute Yes EdgeWorkers

Network

Region Lumen Akamai
North America 28 Unknown
Latin America 10 Unknown
Europe 35 Unknown
Russia & CIS 0 Unknown
Asia excl. China 7 Unknown
China 0 Unknown
Oceania 4 Unknown
Middle-East 4 Unknown
Africa 2 Unknown

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Lumen Akamai
Minimum contract term Unknown 12 months
Minimum monthly costs Unknown Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown Unknown
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown Unknown
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown

Features

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  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
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Web acceleration Lumen Akamai
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Not yet, but coming soon. 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 No longer than 15 minutes - Often 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 Extra costs If you also use their Fast DNS for your domain
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Sortof/partially Resend from origin only
tooltip Does not compress on the edge
Yes Resend from origin, or compress on 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 Configure specific other Host header
tooltip CDN can also forward client request Host header to origin
Unknown
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Unknown
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply Unknown
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Unknown
Cache control - client caching Yes Unknown
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 Unknown
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Unknown
Analytics Yes Unknown
Log files Yes Unknown
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Unknown
HTTPS & Content Protection Lumen Akamai
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Unknown
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Yes Unknown
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Unknown
Token authentication Yes Unknown
Geo blocking Yes Unknown
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Unknown
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Yes Unknown

Support

Customer support Lumen Akamai
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Unknown Unknown