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Lumen versus G-Core Labs

Easily compare Lumen and G-Core Labs 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 G-Core Labs
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. G-Core Labs is a global CDN with a strong POP map in Russia and CIS. They acquired SkyparkCDN in 2017. G-Core Labs is headquartered in Luxembourg, with offices in Moscow, Minsk and Perm.

Products

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Product Lumen G-Core Labs
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 Yes Live Streaming
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery Yes VoD
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes part of CDN Edge Compute Sortof/partially
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Unknown Yes DNS
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes WAF Yes WAF
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 No

Network

Region Lumen G-Core Labs
North America 28 13
Latin America 10 9
Europe 35 15
Russia & CIS 0 32
Asia excl. China 7 8
China 0 0
Oceania 5 2
Middle-East 4 6
Africa 2 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Lumen G-Core Labs
Minimum contract term Unknown None
Minimum monthly costs Unknown $25
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown First 1 billion free, more cost $0.0075/million
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown Yes
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.025 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.025 per GB
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.025 per GB

Features

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  • Extra costs = Extra costs
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Web acceleration Lumen G-Core Labs
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 ~30 seconds
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com No No global Anycast Sortof/partially Custom solution (host your DNS zone ...)
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 different from origin host
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Extra costs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply Unknown
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Yes Origin or CDN controlled
Cache control - client caching Yes Yes Origin or CDN controlled
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Yes Always Online
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Sortof/partially A few minutes
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Yes Purge all, directory, and by file type/pattern
Analytics Yes Yes Many metrics, real-time updates
Log files Yes Extra costs Real-time streaming of logs to your server (S3 or FTP)
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Lumen G-Core Labs
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Yes
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Yes No
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Yes Manage self in control panel
Token authentication Yes Yes Secure Token
Geo blocking Yes Yes Country Access Policy
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Yes Referer Access Policy
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes No
IP white/blacklisting Yes Yes IP Access Policy

Support

Customer support Lumen G-Core Labs
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Yes Yes, public
Humans Unknown Yes Phone, chat and email support is free and available 24/7