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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 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. 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

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Product Lumen Leaseweb
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... CDN Edge Compute
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) CDN and/or CDN Edge Compute
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB)
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization part of CDN Edge Compute
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain
WAFWeb Application Firewall WAF
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Lumen DDoS Hyper (on-demand) and DDoS Mitigation Service DDoS IP Protection
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs CDN Mesh Delivery for Enterprise Private CDN
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Edge Compute

Network

Region Lumen Leaseweb
North America 28 6
Latin America 11 0
Europe 35 6
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 7 2
China 0 0
Oceania 5 0
Middle-East 4 0
Africa 3 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

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Extra costs
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Web acceleration Lumen Leaseweb
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Not yet, but coming soon. Leaseweb needs 1 business day to get you started
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? No longer than 15 minutes - Often instant Instant
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 No global Anycast
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 the edge
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
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Can set max-age override and set 404 caching TTL
Cache control - client caching
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble CDN serves cached if origin is down
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Instant Instant most of the time
Purge - capabilities Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Purge per file and purge all
Analytics Bandwidth, geo distribution and more
Log files One hour delay. Fetch via FTP
API Purge, analytics, configuration Purge, analytics, configuration
HTTPS & Content Protection Lumen Leaseweb
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Free. SNI
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Free. SNI
Token authentication
Geo blocking
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content
IP white/blacklisting

Support

Customer support Lumen Leaseweb
Documentation Yes, but not public Yes, public KB
Humans 24/7 personal support via telephone and email.