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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 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. 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
Sort of/partially
No
Extra costs
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Product Lumen CDNvideo
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... CDN Edge Compute Acceleration of non-cacheable dynamic content
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) CDN and/or CDN Edge Compute Website acceleration
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 Live Streaming
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery Video On Demand
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization part of CDN Edge Compute Image optim
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Managed cloud-based authoritative DNS
WAFWeb Application Firewall WAF Cloud WAF
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Lumen DDoS Hyper (on-demand) and DDoS Mitigation Service Network and Application Anti-DDoS
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs CDN Mesh Delivery for Enterprise White Label
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Edge Compute K8S and Docker container orchestration

Network

Region Lumen CDNvideo
North America 28 13
Latin America 11 7
Europe 35 11
Russia & CIS 0 37
Asia excl. China 7 23
China 0 100
Oceania 5 4
Middle-East 4 8
Africa 3 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

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Sort of/partially
No
Extra costs
Unknown
Web acceleration Lumen CDNvideo
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not yet, but coming soon. 5 minutes
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? No longer than 15 minutes - Often instant 5 minutes
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 Non-Anycasted network
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 only
tooltip Does not compress on the edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? HTTP and HTTPS. HTTP and HTTPS.
tooltip IP address as origin 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
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
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply Upload via web interface. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching
Cache control - client caching
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Instant Purging takes a few minutes
Purge - capabilities Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics 1-5 minutes delay
Log files Download from the UI
tooltip Logs are ~ 30 minutes delayed
API Purge, analytics, configuration Purge, analytics and configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Lumen CDNvideo
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Free
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Free
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN
Token authentication
Geo blocking
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content
IP white/blacklisting

Support

Customer support Lumen CDNvideo
Documentation Yes, but not public Yes, the Starters Guide is available to the public
Humans All customers get 24/7 email, Skype and phone support