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Lumen versus BelugaCDN

Easily compare Lumen and BelugaCDN 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 BelugaCDN
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. BelugaCDN launched their services in 2015 and is a pay-as-you-go, low-cost CDN provider. They have a full-featured IPv4+IPv6 network and POPs on 5 continents.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Lumen BelugaCDN
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
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 Sortof/partially Only delivery of the HTTP video streams, no transcoding or transmuxing
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery Yes Pseudo-streaming (progressive streaming), byte range requests support
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes part of CDN Edge Compute No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Unknown No
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 Yes Available upon request. Extra costs apply
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Edge Compute Unknown

Network

Region Lumen BelugaCDN
North America 28 13
Latin America 10 1
Europe 35 4
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 7 5
China 0 0
Oceania 5 1
Middle-East 4 0
Africa 2 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Lumen BelugaCDN
Minimum contract term Unknown None
Minimum monthly costs Unknown $5
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown 5000 requests per GB included. Overages $0.0035 per 10k requests
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown None
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.01 per GB
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 BelugaCDN
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 Often instant, sometimes a few minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com No No global Anycast Sortof/partially Global Anycasted IP available, but Beluga recommends against it
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 Compress on the fly
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
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Extra costs Available upon request
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply Extra costs Available upon request
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Yes Honor origin sent headers or configure overrides
Cache control - client caching Yes Yes
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes No
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Yes Instant
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Sortof/partially Purge all and purge using regex
Analytics Yes Yes All metrics are aggregated every 10 seconds, exported in real-time
Log files Yes Extra costs Real-time export to Elastic Search or Redis. FTP.
tooltip 10 million requests/month free, $0.50/million events exported overage
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Lumen BelugaCDN
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Yes No
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Yes Free (SNI)
tooltip TLS support includes full TLS Dynamic Record Sizing and ECDSA support per Q1 2017
Token authentication Yes Yes
Geo blocking Yes Yes
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Yes
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes No
IP white/blacklisting Yes Yes

Support

Customer support Lumen BelugaCDN
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Yes Yes, public
Humans Unknown Yes Basic support (setup & troubleshooting: M-F, 9AM-5PM EST) is included for all accounts. Platinum (monthly spend more than $500) accounts receive priority. Enterprise customers receive phone support (w/ custom SLA).