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StackPath versus Lumen

Easily compare StackPath 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 StackPath Lumen
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. 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

  • Yes = Yes
  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Unknown = Unknown
Product StackPath Lumen
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Sortof/partially 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? Sortof/partially Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization No Yes part of CDN Edge Compute
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes Managed DNS Unknown
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Web Application Firewall Yes WAF
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes DDoS Mitigation Yes Lumen DDoS Hyper (on-demand) and DDoS Mitigation Service
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Sortof/partially Coming soon Yes CDN Mesh Delivery for Enterprise
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Yes Edge Compute Yes Edge Compute

Network

Region StackPath Lumen
North America 14 28
Latin America 2 10
Europe 8 35
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 5 7
China 0 0
Oceania 2 4
Middle-East 0 4
Africa 0 2

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration StackPath Lumen
Minimum contract term One month Unknown
Minimum monthly costs $10 Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None Unknown
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown Unknown
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 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 Instant! 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 No No No global Anycast
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Yes Yes
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 Yes
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 Yes
Cache control - client caching Yes Full and granular control with EdgeRules Yes
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Yes Yes
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
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited)
HTTPS & Content Protection StackPath Lumen
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Free. SNI Yes
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Yes Yes
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes Free. SNI Yes
Token authentication Yes Yes
Geo blocking Yes Yes
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Yes
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Yes Yes
IP white/blacklisting Yes Yes

Support

Customer support StackPath Lumen
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 Unknown