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StackPath versus CenturyLink

Easily compare StackPath 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 StackPath CenturyLink
Short profile StackPath launched in 2016 and promises global, high performance content delivery + top notch security (integrated web application firewall and DDoS mitigation) while keeping things simple, transparent and affordable. StackPath is developer-friendly with 24/7/365 support and a fully-documented API. 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 StackPath CenturyLink
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Sortof/partially 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? Sortof/partially Yes CDN Mesh Delivery
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Yes CDN Mesh Delivery
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization No No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes Managed DNS No
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Web Application Firewall No
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes DDoS Mitigation Yes
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Sortof/partially Coming soon No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Edge Compute Unknown

Network

Region StackPath CenturyLink
North America 14 29
Latin America 2 9
Europe 8 36
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 5 7
China 0 0
Oceania 2 4
Middle-East 0 4
Africa 0 3

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration StackPath CenturyLink
Minimum contract term One month 12 months
Minimum monthly costs $10 Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown None
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.03 per GB Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.03 per GB Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.03 per GB Unknown

Features

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration StackPath 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 Instant! Unknown
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com No 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 Resend from origin, or compress on edge 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 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 Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Full and granular control with EdgeRules Sortof/partially
Cache control - client caching Yes Full and granular control with EdgeRules Sortof/partially
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Unknown
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Instant! Yes Instant
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Yes Real-time! Yes
Log files Yes Only for larger volume plans Yes
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited)
HTTPS & Content Protection StackPath CenturyLink
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Free. SNI No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Yes Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Free. SNI Extra costs
Token authentication Yes Extra costs
Geo blocking Yes Extra costs
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Unknown
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Yes Unknown

Support

Customer support StackPath CenturyLink
Documentation Yes Yes, public Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Yes 24/7 phone and email support included in all plans. Higher volume plans get a dedicated technical account manager Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support