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Medianova versus CenturyLink

Easily compare Medianova and CenturyLink 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 Medianova CenturyLink
Short profile 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. CenturyLink owns and operates a global Tier-1 network and - logically - their CDN runs on top of it. CenturyLink CDN has POPs on all continents and their product focus is on video and large object delivery. CenturyLink CDN is part of the Google Cloud CDN Interconnect.

Products

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Product Medianova CenturyLink
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Dynamic Site Acceleration No
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes 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 Internet Live Streaming Yes CDN Mesh Delivery
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Video on Demand Yes CDN Mesh Delivery
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes Image Optimization No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No No
WAFWeb Application Firewall No No
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Yes
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Yes Private CDN No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Unknown Unknown

Network

Region Medianova CenturyLink
North America 7 29
Latin America 1 9
Europe 13 36
Russia & CIS 1 0
Asia excl. China 2 7
China 0 0
Oceania 1 4
Middle-East 5 4
Africa 2 3

Pricing

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

Features

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  • Extra costs = Extra costs
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Web acceleration Medianova CenturyLink
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Yes One to three minutes Unknown
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Yes No No global Anycast
HTTP/2 Yes No
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? No Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Compress on the fly. Brotli support! Sortof/partially Resend from origin only
tooltip Does not 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 Can be different from origin host Yes 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 Yes Extra costs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Yes FTP, SFTP, Rsync Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Sortof/partially
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 Cache-Control extensions support Unknown
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant. Purge all may take up to 1 minute Yes Instant
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge file paths, purge all Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Yes Near real-time Yes
Log files Yes Not by default, only on request Yes
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration, encoding Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited)
HTTPS & Content Protection Medianova CenturyLink
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Free (not SNI) No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate No Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes SNI Extra costs
Token authentication Yes Extra costs
Geo blocking Yes Streaming Extra costs
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Streaming Unknown
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content No Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Yes Streaming Unknown

Support

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