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SwiftServe versus CenturyLink

Easily compare SwiftServe 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 SwiftServe CenturyLink
Short profile SwiftServe CDN, operated by Conversant, has a strong POP presence in Asia and especially Indonesia. Their services include web acceleration, file download optimisation, video on demand (VoD) and live streaming. Conversant operates the largest CDN Federation in Asia. 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 SwiftServe 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? Yes 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 No No
WAFWeb Application Firewall No No
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. No Yes
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs Yes No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Unknown Unknown

Network

Region SwiftServe CenturyLink
North America 2 29
Latin America 0 9
Europe 1 36
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 20 7
China 1 0
Oceania 0 4
Middle-East 0 4
Africa 1 3

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration SwiftServe CenturyLink
Minimum contract term 12 months 12 months
Minimum monthly costs Unknown 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 SwiftServe 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 15 minutes 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 No No
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? No 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? Sortof/partially Can't configure specific other Host header 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 No Extra costs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Sortof/partially FTP or upload in portal. Storage costs apply Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Set override caching rules. Per file type. 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 No Unknown
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Yes Up to 15 minutes Yes Instant
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge file, all and by directory Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Sortof/partially Updated daily or hourly (premium)
tooltip No metrics per config/zone
Yes
Log files Extra costs Logs are daily Yes
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited)
HTTPS & Content Protection SwiftServe CenturyLink
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net No No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN No Extra costs
Token authentication Yes Extra costs
Geo blocking Yes Extra costs
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content No Unknown
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content No Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Yes Unknown

Support

Customer support SwiftServe CenturyLink
Documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Yes All customers get email support. 24/7 phone support is available (costs extra) Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support