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Lumen versus Medianova

Easily compare Lumen and Medianova 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 Medianova
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. Medianova is originally a Turkey CDN, but in the last few years has grown quickly to become a global player with a strong presence in Europe. Medianova uses modern technologies like their patent pending Dockerized CDN Platform, HTTP/2, BBR and Brotli.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
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  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Lumen Medianova
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes CDN Edge Compute Yes Dynamic Site Acceleration
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 Internet Live Streaming
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery Yes Video on Demand
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes part of CDN Edge Compute Yes Image Optimization
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Unknown No
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes WAF No
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Lumen DDoS Hyper (on-demand) and DDoS Mitigation Service Yes
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 Medianova
North America 32 7
Latin America 11 1
Europe 36 13
Russia & CIS 0 1
Asia excl. China 6 2
China 0 0
Oceania 1 1
Middle-East 4 5
Africa 2 2

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Lumen Medianova
Minimum contract term Unknown 12 months
Minimum monthly costs Unknown Varies by product and service
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 Confidential, market competitive
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown Confidential, market competitive
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown Not applicable

Features

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  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Lumen Medianova
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 One to three minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com No No global Anycast Yes
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 Compress on the fly. Brotli support!
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 Yes
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply Yes FTP, SFTP, Rsync
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Yes
Cache control - client caching Yes Yes
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Yes Cache-Control extensions support
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Yes Instant. Purge all may take up to 1 minute
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Sortof/partially Purge file paths, purge all
Analytics Yes Yes Near real-time
Log files Yes Yes Not by default, only on request
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Yes Purge, analytics, configuration, encoding
HTTPS & Content Protection Lumen Medianova
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Yes Free (not SNI)
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Yes No
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Yes SNI
Token authentication Yes Yes
Geo blocking Yes Yes Streaming
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Yes Streaming
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes No
IP white/blacklisting Yes Yes Streaming

Support

Customer support Lumen Medianova
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Yes Yes, public
Humans Unknown Yes All customers get 24/7 email support with 3 minutes response time and access to Technical Account Managers