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Lumen versus Cloudflare

Easily compare Lumen and Cloudflare 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 Cloudflare
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. Cloudflare provides a global CDN with unique performance capabilities and a strong focus on security. The company has a global infrastructure built from the ground up using only next-generation, high-performance equipment—no legacy software or hardware. The result is a CDN that's easy to set up, affordable, and built to continuously adapt and integrate emerging technologies to meet future needs of everyone's Internet properties.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Lumen Cloudflare
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 No
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery Yes Stream
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes part of CDN Edge Compute Yes Image Resizing, Mirage, Polish
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Unknown Yes DNS
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes WAF Yes Cloud Web Application Firewall
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Lumen DDoS Hyper (on-demand) and DDoS Mitigation Service Yes DDoS Protection
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 Workers

Network

Region Lumen Cloudflare
North America 28 46
Latin America 10 38
Europe 35 43
Russia & CIS 0 7
Asia excl. China 7 37
China 0 17
Oceania 5 9
Middle-East 4 12
Africa 2 19

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Lumen Cloudflare
Minimum contract term Unknown None
Minimum monthly costs Unknown $0
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
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown $0
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown $0

Features

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  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Lumen Cloudflare
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Not yet, but coming soon. Yes
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially No longer than 15 minutes - Often instant Yes Instant
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com No No global Anycast Yes Global Anycast network
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes Yes
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 Can be an IP address
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Extra costs Tiered Cache, included in all paid plans
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply No
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Yes Page rules for overriding caching headers
Cache control - client caching Yes Yes
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Sortof/partially Only 'stale while revalidate'
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Yes ~ 5 seconds
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Sortof/partially Purge per file and purge all
Analytics Yes Yes Web analytics, threats and more. Live-updating for paying customers
Log files Yes Extra costs Only for Enterprise customers, instantly available
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Lumen Cloudflare
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Yes SNI
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Yes Extra costs More info
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Extra costs
Token authentication Yes Yes More info
Geo blocking Yes Yes Access Rules
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Yes
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes Sortof/partially Possible with Workers
IP white/blacklisting Yes Yes Access Rules

Support

Customer support Lumen Cloudflare
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Yes Yes, public. Cloudflare Community.
Humans Unknown Sortof/partially Email support for all. Phone only for Enterprise customers