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Lumen versus CacheFly

Easily compare Lumen and CacheFly 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 CacheFly
Short profile Lumen (formerly known as Centurylink 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. Launched in 2002, CacheFly developed the world's first TCP-anycast based content delivery network. CacheFly has a focus on optimizing the CDN for throughput and has steadily built out the network to now have 50+ POPs on 6 continents. CacheFly provides a 100% uptime SLA and takes pride in acting as 'consultants to our customers'.

Products

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Sort of/partially
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Extra costs
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Product Lumen CacheFly
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... CDN Edge Compute
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) CDN and/or CDN Edge Compute
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB)
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery Ultra Low Latency Video Streaming
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery VoD
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization part of CDN Edge Compute Smart Image Optimization
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain
WAFWeb Application Firewall WAF
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Lumen DDoS Hyper (on-demand) and DDoS Mitigation Service
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs CDN Mesh Delivery for Enterprise Fully custom solution
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Edge Compute Custom solutions available for edge scripting

Network

Region Lumen CacheFly
North America 28 17
Latin America 11 11
Europe 35 14
Russia & CIS 0 2
Asia excl. China 7 7
China 0 2
Oceania 5 3
Middle-East 4 5
Africa 3 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Lumen CacheFly
Minimum contract term Unknown 1 month
Minimum monthly costs Unknown $595 (35 TB/m)
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown No
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown Yes
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown n/a
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown n/a
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown n/a

Features

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Sort of/partially
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Extra costs
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Web acceleration Lumen CacheFly
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not yet, but coming soon.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? No longer than 15 minutes - Often instant 5 - 180s depending on the change
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Available with Section product for an additional fee Must purchase dedicated IP
tooltip Or use DNS provider that can do CNAME flattening
HTTP/2
WebSockets
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6?
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Resend from origin, or compress on edge Resend from origin, or compress on edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? HTTP and HTTPS. HTTP and HTTPS
tooltip Match client to edge request protocol is possible
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Configure specific other Host header
tooltip CDN can also forward client request Host header to origin
Set specific Host header value or forward value from client to edge request
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply FTP. Some storage free, more storage available at additional costs
Cache control - CDN caching Origin headers are honored. Can config overrides
Cache control - client caching Origin headers are forwarded to client. Can config overrides
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble CacheFly support team can activate this edge behaviour
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Instant Purge Speed
Purge - capabilities Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Purge all and by directory, not by tag or header
Analytics Near real-time, lots of metrics
Log files Pull via FTP or have pushed to customer endpoint
tooltip Logs are 5 minutes delayed
API Purge, analytics, configuration Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Lumen CacheFly
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Free
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Custom pricing
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN EV cert and/or Non-SNI possible
Token authentication Self-service activation/configuration
Geo blocking Self-service activation/configuration. Predefined and custom rules
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Available in a Custom/Private CDN scenario
IP white/blacklisting Custom rules can be scripted (by support team at no extra charge)

Support

Customer support Lumen CacheFly
Documentation Yes, but not public Yes, public
Humans All customers get 24/7 email and phone support and a dedicated implementation/solutions engineer. Extra support ('Elite managed') available at a fee with SLA for support response time