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Lumen versus CDNetworks

Easily compare Lumen and CDNetworks 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 CDNetworks
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. Founded in 2000, CDNetworks has been in the content delivery space longer than most other CDNs. CDNetworks always had, and still has, a strong focus on emerging markets like Brazil and Russia. CDNetworks has a wide range of content delivery/acceleration and security products.

Products

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  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Lumen CDNetworks
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes CDN Edge Compute Yes Dynamic Web Acceleration
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes CDN and/or CDN Edge Compute Yes Content Acceleration
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 Media Acceleration
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery Yes Media Acceleration
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes part of CDN Edge Compute Yes Cloud Image Optimization
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Unknown Yes Cloud DNS+
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes WAF Yes Web Application Firewall
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Lumen DDoS Hyper (on-demand) and DDoS Mitigation Service Yes DDoS Mitigation
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Yes CDN Mesh Delivery for Enterprise No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Edge Compute Yes Edge Computing Platform

Network

Region Lumen CDNetworks
North America 28 11
Latin America 10 7
Europe 35 13
Russia & CIS 0 17
Asia excl. China 7 20
China 0 20
Oceania 4 1
Middle-East 4 9
Africa 2 4

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Lumen CDNetworks
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 CDNetworks
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 Sortof/partially ~ 15 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 Non-Anycasted network
HTTP/2 Yes No
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
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 Extra costs Multiple POPs can act as shield
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply Extra costs
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
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Sortof/partially Completion time is 5 - 10 minutes
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Yes Purge all, purge by directory, by file extension
Analytics Yes Yes
Log files Yes Yes
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Lumen CDNetworks
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Yes Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Extra costs
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 Yes
IP white/blacklisting Yes Yes

Support

Customer support Lumen CDNetworks
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Unknown Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support