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Lumen versus Tata Communications

Easily compare Lumen and Tata Communications 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 Tata Communications
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. Tata Communications is a full service, carrier grade, global CDN that has been in operation since their acquisition of BitGravity in 2012. The CDN rides on Tata’s global infrastructure which is the largest Tier 1 network in the world. Tata’s ownership of the network and peering relationships enable it to be very competitive when it comes to price.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Lumen Tata Communications
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 Whole Site Acceleration
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Yes Large Object Rapid Delivery
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 Video On Demand
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes part of CDN Edge Compute Yes
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Unknown No
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes WAF Yes CDN Security
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Lumen DDoS Hyper (on-demand) and DDoS Mitigation Service Yes CDN Security
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 Tata Communications
North America 28 8
Latin America 10 0
Europe 35 4
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 7 10
China 0 0
Oceania 4 1
Middle-East 4 1
Africa 2 0

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Lumen Tata Communications
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

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Lumen Tata Communications
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Not yet, but coming soon. No
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially No longer than 15 minutes - Often instant Sortof/partially <10 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 Global Anycasted network
tooltip Tata recommends against root domain though, as they may make changes in DNS at any time
HTTP/2 Yes No End of 2017
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Sortof/partially Resend from origin only
tooltip Does not compress on the edge
Sortof/partially Resend from origin
tooltip Always fetch compressed from origin
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
Sortof/partially Can't configure specific other Host header
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Extra costs Tiered architecture, not single POP shield
tooltip Tata support is needed to enable/configure this
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 Full and granular control
Cache control - client caching Yes Yes Full and granular control
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Sortof/partially
tooltip Tata support is needed to enable/configure this
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Yes No longer than 2 mins, often much faster
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Sortof/partially Purge all, purge by directory, not by tag or header
Analytics Yes Yes Many metrics in the UI
tooltip 2 seconds refresh ('instant') possible at extra charge
Log files Yes Sortof/partially Refreshed every 24h. Available via FTP
tooltip 15m refresh possible at extra charge
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Sortof/partially Purge, configuration. Not analytics
HTTPS & Content Protection Lumen Tata Communications
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Yes No
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Extra costs SNI. Pricing is custom.
tooltip Update cert via UI or API
Token authentication Yes Extra costs
Geo blocking Yes Yes
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Yes Their support team is needed
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes No
IP white/blacklisting Yes Yes White or black listing. IP addresses and CIDR blocks
tooltip Customer can configure self in UI

Support

Customer support Lumen Tata Communications
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Sortof/partially Some documentation, not public
Humans Unknown Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support.