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Lumen versus ChinaCache

Easily compare Lumen and ChinaCache 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 ChinaCache
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 1998, publicly traded on NASDAQ (CCIH), ChinaCache is the first CDN in China and generally considered to be one of the better CDNs for China delivery because of their network, knowledge and experience from working with (enterprise) multinational customers. The ChinaCache network and services are not limited to mainland China and ChinaCache has been growing steadily outside China in the past years.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Lumen ChinaCache
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes CDN Edge Compute Yes Dynamic Content Acceleration
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes CDN and/or CDN Edge Compute Yes Static Content Acceleration
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Yes Download Acceleration
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 No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Unknown Yes
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes WAF Yes
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Lumen DDoS Hyper (on-demand) and DDoS Mitigation Service Yes
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Yes CDN Mesh Delivery for Enterprise No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Edge Compute Unknown

Network

Region Lumen ChinaCache
North America 28 8
Latin America 10 1
Europe 35 3
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 7 10
China 0 400
Oceania 4 0
Middle-East 4 1
Africa 2 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Lumen ChinaCache
Minimum contract term Unknown 12 months
Minimum monthly costs Unknown Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown None
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

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Lumen ChinaCache
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 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 Yes At customer request
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Sortof/partially Resend from origin only
tooltip Does not compress on the edge
Unknown
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 Yes
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 CDN can honor origin headers
tooltip Custom rules can be set by CDN support team
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 <3 minutes delay
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Sortof/partially Purge all, purge by directory
Analytics Yes Yes
Log files Yes Sortof/partially Logs are daily or hourly
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, billing. Not configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Lumen ChinaCache
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Sortof/partially Only for testing
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 No
IP white/blacklisting Yes Yes

Support

Customer support Lumen ChinaCache
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Sortof/partially Yes, but not public.
Humans Unknown Yes Different levels of support are available.