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Lumen versus BaishanCloud

Easily compare Lumen and BaishanCloud 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 BaishanCloud
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. BaishanCloud is a leading provider of cloud data services in China and around the world. As the only service provider based in China to be recognized by Gartner as possessing 'global' network capabilities, BaishanCloud is one of the fastest growing companies in the CDN space.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Lumen BaishanCloud
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes CDN Edge Compute Yes Dynamic Acceleration
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes CDN and/or CDN Edge Compute Yes Cloud Delivery
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Yes Cloud Delivery
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery Yes Streaming
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery Yes Streaming
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes part of CDN Edge Compute Yes Cloud Delivery
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Unknown No Available in Q4 2020
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes WAF Yes Cloud Security
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Lumen DDoS Hyper (on-demand) and DDoS Mitigation Service Yes Cloud Security
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Yes CDN Mesh Delivery for Enterprise No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Edge Compute Unknown

Network

Region Lumen BaishanCloud
North America 32 11
Latin America 11 1
Europe 36 6
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 6 18
China 0 400
Oceania 1 4
Middle-East 4 2
Africa 2 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Lumen BaishanCloud
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

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Lumen BaishanCloud
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Not yet, but coming soon. No Account creation requires a BaishanCloud employee's assistance
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially No longer than 15 minutes - Often instant Sortof/partially 30 minutes
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
Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge
tooltip Fetch compressed or uncompressed from origin (configurable)
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
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 Yes
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply Yes Upload in the portal or via API
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Yes Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Yes Yes Full and granular control
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Yes Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Yes Instantly (<1 second)
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Yes Purge all, purge by directory, soft purge
Analytics Yes Yes Many metrics in the UI
Log files Yes Yes Available for download in Portal or via API. Format can be customized.
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Yes Purge, configuration, analytics, logs
HTTPS & Content Protection Lumen BaishanCloud
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Yes Extra costs SNI. Pricing is custom.
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Extra costs Pricing is custom
Token authentication Yes Yes Not self-service, support is needed
Geo blocking Yes Yes Not self-service, support is needed
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Yes Not self-service, support is needed
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes Yes Not self-service, support is needed
IP white/blacklisting Yes Yes Not self-service, support is needed

Support

Customer support Lumen BaishanCloud
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Sortof/partially Good documentation but not public
Humans Unknown Yes 24/7 email support and phone support. Multiple support packages are available