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Lumen versus Leaseweb

Easily compare Lumen and Leaseweb 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 Leaseweb
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. Leaseweb has been an established player in the (enterprise) hosting market for many years and launched their CDN mid 2013. Leaseweb claims 'the most competitive price in the CDN market' and has a reseller program.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Lumen Leaseweb
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes CDN Edge Compute Sortof/partially
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
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery Yes
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes part of CDN Edge Compute No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Unknown No
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes WAF Unknown
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Lumen DDoS Hyper (on-demand) and DDoS Mitigation Service Extra costs DDoS IP Protection
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Yes CDN Mesh Delivery for Enterprise Yes Private CDN
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Edge Compute Unknown

Network

Region Lumen Leaseweb
North America 28 6
Latin America 10 0
Europe 35 6
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 7 2
China 0 0
Oceania 4 0
Middle-East 4 0
Africa 2 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Lumen Leaseweb
Minimum contract term Unknown One month
Minimum monthly costs Unknown $49
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 $0.06 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.06 per GB
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.06 per GB

Features

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Lumen Leaseweb
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Not yet, but coming soon. No Leaseweb needs 1 business day to get you started
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 No No global Anycast
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes No
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 the 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
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 Yes
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Sortof/partially Can set max-age override and set 404 caching TTL
Cache control - client caching Yes Sortof/partially
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Sortof/partially CDN serves cached if origin is down
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Yes Instant most of the time
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 Bandwidth, geo distribution and more
Log files Yes Sortof/partially One hour delay. Fetch via FTP
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Yes Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Lumen Leaseweb
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Yes Free. SNI
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Yes No
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Yes Free. SNI
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 Leaseweb
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Yes Yes, public KB
Humans Unknown Yes 24/7 personal support via telephone and email.