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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 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. 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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Product Lumen CacheFly
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes CDN Edge Compute Yes
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 Yes Ultra Low Latency Video Streaming
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery Yes VoD
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes part of CDN Edge Compute Yes Smart Image Optimization
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Unknown No
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes WAF Unknown
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Lumen DDoS Hyper (on-demand) and DDoS Mitigation Service Unknown
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Yes CDN Mesh Delivery for Enterprise Yes Fully custom solution
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Edge Compute Sortof/partially Custom solutions available for edge scripting

Network

Region Lumen CacheFly
North America 32 17
Latin America 11 11
Europe 36 14
Russia & CIS 0 2
Asia excl. China 6 7
China 0 2
Oceania 1 3
Middle-East 4 5
Africa 2 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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  • Extra costs = Extra costs
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Web acceleration Lumen CacheFly
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Not yet, but coming soon. No
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially No longer than 15 minutes - Often instant Sortof/partially 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 No No global Anycast Extra costs Must purchase dedicated IP
tooltip Or use DNS provider that can do CNAME flattening
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes No
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
tooltip Match client to edge request protocol is possible
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 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 Yes Yes
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply Extra costs FTP. Some storage free, more storage available at additional costs
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Yes Origin headers are honored. Can config overrides
Cache control - client caching Yes Yes 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 Yes Yes CacheFly support team can activate this edge behaviour
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Yes Instant (under 5s)
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Sortof/partially Purge all and by directory, not by tag or header
Analytics Yes Yes Near real-time, lots of metrics
Log files Yes Extra costs Pull via FTP or have pushed to customer endpoint
tooltip Logs are 5 minutes delayed
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Lumen CacheFly
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Yes Free
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Yes Extra costs Custom pricing
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Extra costs EV cert and/or Non-SNI possible
Token authentication Yes Yes Self-service activation/configuration
Geo blocking Yes Yes Self-service activation/configuration. Predefined and custom rules
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Yes
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes Extra costs Available in a Custom/Private CDN scenario
IP white/blacklisting Yes Yes Custom rules can be scripted (by support team at no extra charge)

Support

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