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Lumen versus Tencent Cloud

Easily compare Lumen and Tencent Cloud 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 Tencent Cloud
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. Tencent Cloud is a leading global CDN that has resources distributed in 50+ countries and the highest service volume of all CDNs in Asia. It has a massive network with 1,100+ nodes in mainland China, extending beyond major ISPs to more than a dozen local providers.

Products

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Lumen Tencent Cloud
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes CDN Edge Compute Yes ECDN (Enterprise CDN)
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes CDN and/or CDN Edge Compute Yes CDN
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Yes CDN
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery Yes LVB (Live Video Broadcast )
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery Yes VOD
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes part of CDN Edge Compute No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Unknown Yes DNSpod
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes WAF Yes WAF
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Lumen DDoS Hyper (on-demand) and DDoS Mitigation Service Yes Anti-DDoS Advanced
tooltip Anti-DDoS Pro also available
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Yes CDN Mesh Delivery for Enterprise No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Edge Compute Sortof/partially Serverless Cloud Function

Network

Region Lumen Tencent Cloud
North America 32 11
Latin America 11 2
Europe 36 6
Russia & CIS 0 1
Asia excl. China 6 21
China 0 1100
Oceania 1 1
Middle-East 4 4
Africa 2 1

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Lumen Tencent Cloud
Minimum contract term Unknown None
Minimum monthly costs Unknown None
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 $0.055 per GB
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.081 - $0.12 per GB (varies per region)
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown $0.12 per GB

Features

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Lumen Tencent Cloud
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No Not yet, but coming soon. Yes Self-service, credit card required
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially No longer than 15 minutes - Often instant Sortof/partially 5 minutes
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com No No global Anycast Unknown
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
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
Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge
tooltip Fetch compressed or uncompressed from origin (configurable)
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP and HTTPS. Yes HTTP, HTTPS, match protocol
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 IP address or hostname
tooltip Can be same host as in client-to-CDN requests
Origin ShieldOne POP pulls from origin, other POPs pull from the shield POP Yes Sortof/partially Custom implementation by Tencent DevOps team
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply Yes Cloud Object Storage with free tier. Upload in the portal or via API
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 Serve stale if origin sends 5xx
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant Sortof/partially 5 minutes
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header Sortof/partially Purge all, purge by directory
Analytics Yes Yes Many metrics available in console and via API
Log files Yes Yes W3C formatted. Available for download in console and via API. Log roll period and delay depends on traffic volume.
API Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited) Yes Purge, configuration, analytics, logs
HTTPS & Content Protection Lumen Tencent Cloud
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Unknown
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Yes Yes SNI. First 20 DV certs are free. Wildcard allowed
tooltip TrustAsia is the Certificate Authority
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Yes SNI and free. Wildcard allowed.
Token authentication Yes Yes 4 types of token/URL signing available
Geo blocking Yes Sortof/partially Not self-service, support is needed
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Yes Based on Referrer or IP address
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes No
IP white/blacklisting Yes Yes Console and API. Block/allow individual IPs and IP ranges

Support

Customer support Lumen Tencent Cloud
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Yes Good, extensive and public documentation
Humans Unknown Yes 24/7 support via the console. Multiple VIP support packages are available