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Tencent Cloud versus Lumen

Easily compare Tencent Cloud 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 Tencent Cloud Lumen
Short profile Tencent Cloud is a leading global CDN that has resources distributed in 50+ countries and the highest service volume of all CDNs in Asia. It has a massive network with 1,100+ nodes in mainland China, extending beyond major ISPs to more than a dozen local providers. 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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  • Unknown = Unknown
Product Tencent Cloud Lumen
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes ECDN (Enterprise CDN) Yes CDN Edge Compute
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes CDN Yes CDN and/or CDN Edge Compute
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes CDN Yes
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes LVB (Live Video Broadcast ) Yes CDN and/or CDN Mesh Delivery
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes VOD 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 DNSpod Unknown
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes WAF Yes WAF
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes Anti-DDoS Advanced
tooltip Anti-DDoS Pro also available
Yes Lumen DDoS Hyper (on-demand) and DDoS Mitigation Service
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No Yes CDN Mesh Delivery for Enterprise
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Sortof/partially Serverless Cloud Function Yes Edge Compute

Network

Region Tencent Cloud Lumen
North America 11 32
Latin America 2 11
Europe 6 36
Russia & CIS 1 0
Asia excl. China 21 6
China 1100 0
Oceania 1 1
Middle-East 4 4
Africa 1 2

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Tencent Cloud Lumen
Minimum contract term None Unknown
Minimum monthly costs None Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests None Unknown
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred None Unknown
NA/EU traffic (low volume) $0.055 per GB Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) $0.081 - $0.12 per GB (varies per region) Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) $0.12 per GB Unknown

Features

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  • Extra costs = Extra costs
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Web acceleration Tencent Cloud Lumen
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Yes Self-service, credit card required No Not yet, but coming soon.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Sortof/partially 5 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 Sortof/partially Use DNSPod for DNS No No global Anycast
HTTP/2 Yes Yes
IPv6Do the edge servers have IPv6? Unknown Yes
Compression CDN Guide: CompressionReduce file size for faster delivery Yes Resend from origin, or compress on edge
tooltip Fetch compressed or uncompressed from origin (configurable)
Sortof/partially Resend from origin only
tooltip Does not compress on the edge
Origin pull - protocolHTTP only or HTTPS possible too? Yes HTTP, HTTPS, match protocol Yes HTTP and HTTPS.
Origin pull - Host headerUse client > edge value? Set specific value? Yes Can be IP address or hostname
tooltip Can be same host as in client-to-CDN requests
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 implementation by Tencent DevOps team Yes
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Yes Cloud Object Storage with free tier. Upload in the portal or via API Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Full and granular control Yes
Cache control - client caching Yes Full and granular control Yes
Serve Stale CDN Guide: Serve StaleCDN serves cached but expired content in case origin is in trouble Sortof/partially Serve stale if origin sends 5xx Yes
Purge CDN Guide: PurgeInvalidate or delete cached objects on CDN Sortof/partially 5 minutes Yes Instant
Purge - capabilities Sortof/partially Purge all, purge by directory Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Yes Many metrics available in console and via API Yes
Log files Yes W3C formatted. Available for download in console and via API. Log roll period and delay depends on traffic volume. Yes
API Yes Purge, configuration, analytics, logs Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited)
HTTPS & Content Protection Tencent Cloud Lumen
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes Yes
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Yes SNI. First 20 DV certs are free. Wildcard allowed
tooltip TrustAsia is the Certificate Authority
Yes
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Yes SNI and free. Wildcard allowed. Yes
Token authentication Yes 4 types of token/URL signing available Yes
Geo blocking Sortof/partially Not self-service, support is needed Yes
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Based on Referrer or IP address Yes
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content No Yes
IP white/blacklisting Yes Console and API. Block/allow individual IPs and IP ranges Yes

Support

Customer support Tencent Cloud Lumen
Documentation Yes Good, extensive and public documentation Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Yes 24/7 support via the console. Multiple VIP support packages are available Unknown