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Medianova versus Lumen

Easily compare Medianova and Lumen 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 Lumen
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. 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.

Products

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

Network

Region Medianova Lumen
North America 7 28
Latin America 1 10
Europe 13 35
Russia & CIS 1 0
Asia excl. China 2 7
China 0 0
Oceania 1 4
Middle-East 5 4
Africa 2 2

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Medianova Lumen
Minimum contract term 12 months Unknown
Minimum monthly costs Varies by product and service 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) 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 Lumen
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes No Not yet, but coming soon.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Yes One to three minutes Sortof/partially No longer than 15 minutes - Often instant
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 Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? No Yes
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 Yes
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 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 Cache-Control extensions support Yes
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
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration, encoding Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited)
HTTPS & Content Protection Medianova Lumen
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Free (not SNI) Yes
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate No Yes
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes SNI Yes
Token authentication Yes Yes
Geo blocking Yes Streaming Yes
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Streaming Yes
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content No Yes
IP white/blacklisting Yes Streaming Yes

Support

Customer support Medianova Lumen
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 Unknown