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Lumen versus EdgeNext

Easily compare Lumen and EdgeNext 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 EdgeNext
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. EdgeNext is a leading provider of edge cloud services specializing in China, APAC, MEA and global cloud delivery. As the only service provider with extensive POPs in China to be recognized by Gartner as possessing 'global' network capabilities, EdgeNext is one of the fastest-growing companies in the CDN space.

Products

Yes
Sort of/partially
No
Extra costs
Unknown
Product Lumen EdgeNext
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... CDN Edge Compute Dynamic Acceleration
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) CDN and/or CDN Edge Compute Cloud Delivery
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Cloud Delivery
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery Streaming
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery Streaming
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization part of CDN Edge Compute
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Global, including China
WAFWeb Application Firewall WAF Part of the Security CDN
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Lumen DDoS Hyper (on-demand) and DDoS Mitigation Service Part of the Security CDN
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs CDN Mesh Delivery for Enterprise
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Edge Compute

Network

How many POP locations do Lumen and EdgeNext have in different parts of the world?

Region Lumen EdgeNext
North America 28 29
Latin America 11 7
Europe 35 16
Russia & CIS 0 2
Asia excl. China 7 35
China 0 1100
Oceania 5 1
Middle-East 4 16
Africa 3 4

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Lumen EdgeNext
Minimum contract term Unknown None for self-service customers
Minimum monthly costs Unknown None for self-service customers
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 Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown

Features

Yes
Sort of/partially
No
Extra costs
Unknown
Web acceleration Lumen EdgeNext
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not yet, but coming soon. Self-service create account and configure account (EdgeNext to approve account)
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
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, or compress on edge
tooltip Fetch compressed or uncompressed from origin (configurable)
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? HTTP and HTTPS. HTTP and HTTPS
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
Waiting RoomDuring peak traffic, route users to a virtual waiting room
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply Upload in the portal or via API
Cache control - CDN caching Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Full and granular control
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Instant Instant
Purge - capabilities Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Purge all, purge by directory, soft purge
Analytics Many metrics in the UI
Log files Available for download in Portal or via API. Format can be customized.
API Purge, analytics, configuration Purge, configuration, analytics, logs
HTTPS & Content Protection Lumen EdgeNext
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate SNI. Pricing is custom.
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Pricing is custom
Token authentication Not self-service, support is needed
Geo blocking Not self-service, support is needed
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Self-service
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Self-service
IP white/blacklisting Self-service

Support

Customer support Lumen EdgeNext
Documentation Yes, but not public Good documentation but not public
Humans 24/7 email support and phone support. Multiple support packages are available