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Lumen versus CDNvideo

Easily compare Lumen and CDNvideo 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 CDNvideo
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. CDNvideo is a global CDN provider with a wide network of servers located on five continents and a part of Wangsu group owning the second largest CDN in the world (>86K servers + bandwidth of 42 TB/sec). Their specialties are live streaming, VoD, HTTP caching, transcoding and website acceleration. CDNvideo has developed an unlimited cloud storage and an HTML5 player enabling P2P streaming and 360-degree video demonstration.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Lumen CDNvideo
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes CDN Edge Compute Unknown
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes CDN and/or CDN Edge Compute Yes Website 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 Live Streaming
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery Yes Video On Demand
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes part of CDN Edge Compute No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Unknown Unknown
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 Unknown
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Edge Compute Unknown

Network

Region Lumen CDNvideo
North America 28 13
Latin America 10 7
Europe 35 11
Russia & CIS 0 37
Asia excl. China 7 23
China 0 100
Oceania 4 4
Middle-East 4 8
Africa 2 7

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Lumen CDNvideo
Minimum contract term Unknown 1 month
Minimum monthly costs Unknown $50
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown None
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.05
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.05
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.05

Features

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Lumen CDNvideo
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Not yet, but coming soon. Yes 5 minutes
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially No longer than 15 minutes - Often instant Sortof/partially 5 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 Yes
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
Sortof/partially Resend from origin only
tooltip Does not compress on the edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP and HTTPS. Yes HTTP and HTTPS.
tooltip IP address as origin 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 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 Unknown
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply Extra costs Upload via web interface. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Yes
Cache control - client caching Yes Yes
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 Purging takes a few minutes
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Yes Sortof/partially 1-5 minutes delay
Log files Yes Sortof/partially Download from the UI
tooltip Logs are ~ 30 minutes delayed
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Yes Purge, analytics and configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Lumen CDNvideo
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Yes Free
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Yes Yes Free
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 CDNvideo
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Sortof/partially Yes, the Starters Guide is available to the public
Humans Unknown Yes All customers get 24/7 email, Skype and phone support