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QUANTIL versus CenturyLink

Easily compare QUANTIL 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 QUANTIL CenturyLink
Short profile QUANTIL launched their CDN services in 2012. They have a strong focus on live stream delivery with continued support for RTMP, L-HLS, HDS, HTTP TS and HTTP FLV. QUANTIL has a full-featured IPv4+IPv6 network and a big network of POPs in 34 countries including mainland China (ChinaNetCenter). 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

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product QUANTIL CenturyLink
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Website 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 Download Acceleration Yes
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Live Stream Acceleration Yes CDN Mesh Delivery
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Video On Demand Acceleration Yes CDN Mesh Delivery
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization No No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain No No
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes No
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Cloud Security Yes
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Unknown No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Unknown Unknown

Network

Region QUANTIL CenturyLink
North America 10 29
Latin America 0 9
Europe 6 36
Russia & CIS 1 0
Asia excl. China 22 7
China 550 0
Oceania 3 4
Middle-East 4 4
Africa 6 3

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration QUANTIL CenturyLink
Minimum contract term 12 months 12 months
Minimum monthly costs $1000 Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred None None
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 QUANTIL CenturyLink
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. No No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially Depends on number of POPs turned on Unknown
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Extra costs Purchase auth DNS that integrates with their CDN No No global Anycast
HTTP/2 Yes No
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes Unknown
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Sortof/partially Resend from origin only
tooltip Does not compress on the edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes Yes HTTP and HTTPS.
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Yes 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 Sortof/partially Custom config, done by their support team Extra costs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs One-time $500 setup fee, $150/TB per month 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 Sortof/partially Custom config, done by their support team Unknown
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Sortof/partially Sometimes takes up to 10 min Yes Instant
Purge - capabilities Yes Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Yes Many metrics. API outputs near real-time data. The customer portal is updated every 1-2 hours Yes
Log files Sortof/partially Delay is 1-3 hours. Download through API or from portal Yes
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
API Sortof/partially XML output Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited)
HTTPS & Content Protection QUANTIL CenturyLink
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs SNI. Custom pricing Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs SNI. Custom pricing Extra costs
Token authentication Yes
tooltip Available for ingress and egress points of the CDN. MD5 and SHA256
Extra costs
Geo blocking Yes
tooltip Customers can provide a list regions and/or countries to whitelist and/or blacklist
Extra costs
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Unknown
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content No Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Yes
tooltip Whitelist and/or blacklist IP address. Self-configure.
Unknown

Support

Customer support QUANTIL CenturyLink
Documentation Yes Yes, but not everything is public. API docs are public. Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Sortof/partially Standard support (Monday to Friday, 9-6 pm PST) for small customers, and emergency support (24/7) for large customers. Support Availability. Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support