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Lumen versus Imperva

Easily compare Lumen and Imperva 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 Imperva
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. Imperva's CDN (formerly Incapsula) makes your websites and applications faster, more reliable and safer. A global network of servers provides content caching, load balancing and failover, while an enterprise-grade cloud web application firewall and DDoS protection safeguard your site from the latest threats.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
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  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Lumen Imperva
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes CDN Edge Compute Yes Content Delivery Network
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes CDN and/or CDN Edge Compute Yes Content Caching
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 No
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes part of CDN Edge Compute Yes Image Compression
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Unknown Sortof/partially Name Server (NS) Protection
tooltip Name Server (NS) Protection is a secure proxy in front of your authoritative DNS
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes WAF Yes 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 Unknown

Network

Region Lumen Imperva
North America 28 11
Latin America 10 3
Europe 35 11
Russia & CIS 0 1
Asia excl. China 7 11
China 0 0
Oceania 4 3
Middle-East 4 3
Africa 2 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Lumen Imperva
Minimum contract term Unknown Unknown
Minimum monthly costs Unknown Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown Unknown
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

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  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
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Web acceleration Lumen Imperva
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 Anycasted network (regional)
HTTP/2 Yes Yes FAQ
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes Yes IPv6 support
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Sortof/partially Resend from origin only
tooltip Does not compress on the edge
Yes Compress on the edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP and HTTPS. Yes HTTP and HTTPS.
tooltip Can be IP address
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 configure specific other Host header.
tooltip Forward client request Host header is possible
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 No
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Yes Granular control/override rules possible
Cache control - client caching Yes Yes Granular control/override rules possible
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 Yes Instant
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Yes Purge all, by directory, by file extension, by tag(s)
Analytics Yes Yes Real time perf and security events dashboard
Log files Yes Yes Available via UI, API, or full SIEM integration
tooltip Logs are not delayed
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Lumen Imperva
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Yes CDN and SSL/TLS
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Yes Yes
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Yes
Token authentication Yes Yes Via authentication header
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 Yes Two Factor Authentication
IP white/blacklisting Yes Yes IP address/ranges/subnets, self-service in UI

Support

Customer support Lumen Imperva
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Yes Yes, public
Humans Unknown Yes Imperva’s team of support engineers deliver technical assistance 24x7x365 via phone, email, or online via the self service portal