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Verizon Media versus CenturyLink

Easily compare Verizon Media 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 Verizon Media CenturyLink
Short profile The Verizon Media Platform is a division of Verizon. In 2013, Verizon acquired EdgeCast's Content Delivery Network (CDN) along with upLynk's video workflow technology to create a next-generation platform. This platform streamlines the streaming video workflow including encoding, SSAI and delivery, plus accelerates and secures websites and content for broadcasters, retailers and enterprises. 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 Verizon Media CenturyLink
Dynamic content deliveryNon-cacheable content delivery. User login, shopping cart ... Yes Network No
Small file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of small files (file size <1 MB) Yes Network Yes
Large file deliveryStatic object delivery; caching of large files (file size >1 MB) Yes Network Yes
Live videoDelivery of live video. RTMP? Transcoding/transmuxing? Yes Live Events Yes CDN Mesh Delivery
Video on demandDelivery of on demand video Yes Encode Yes CDN Mesh Delivery
Image OptimizationAutomatic image transformation/compression/optimization Yes Dynamic Imaging No
DNSAuthoritative DNS for customer domain Yes DNS No
WAFWeb Application Firewall Yes Web Application Firewall No
Anti-DDoSDDoS attack protection. Specific product(s) for this. Yes DDoS Yes
Private CDNDedicated edge resources & custom configs No No
Edge ComputeRun your code on CDN edge servers Sortof/partially Edge Compute
tooltip Rules and Lua scripting
Unknown

Network

Region Verizon Media CenturyLink
North America 18 29
Latin America 13 9
Europe 15 36
Russia & CIS 0 0
Asia excl. China 12 7
China 100 0
Oceania 3 4
Middle-East 3 4
Africa 2 3

Pricing

Pricing & contract duration Verizon Media CenturyLink
Minimum contract term Unknown 12 months
Minimum monthly costs Unknown Unknown
Requests costsCustomers pay for client to CDN requests Unknown None
Ingress costsCustomers pay for origin-to-CDN bytes transferred Unknown None
NA/EU traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
APAC traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown
LATAM traffic (low volume) Unknown Unknown

Features

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  • Sortof/partially = Sort of/partially
  • No = No
  • Extra costs = Extra costs
  • Unknown = Unknown
Web acceleration Verizon Media CenturyLink
Instant setupSign up, configure, start testing. Sortof/partially Available through Microsoft Azure No Can't sign up and get started. Must talk to sales.
Change propagation delayHow fast do config changes propagate to all POPs? Yes A few minutes Unknown
Apex/root domain OK Blog: Root domain on CDN and performanceNo performance degradation when using http(s)://domain.com Yes Anycasted network (regional) 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 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 Extra costs Single POP shield or multiple. Full control Extra costs
Push / uploadStore your content directly on CDN, no customer origin Extra costs Origin Storage Extra costs FTP, SFTP, rsync. Storage costs apply
Cache control - CDN caching Yes Full and granular control Sortof/partially
Cache control - client caching Yes Full and granular control 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 No longer than 1 min, often much faster Yes Instant
Purge - capabilities Yes Purge all, purge by directory, by file extension Sortof/partially Purge all but not purge by directory or tag or header
Analytics Yes Real-time, with many metrics in the UI Yes
Log files Yes < 60 seconds Yes
tooltip Logs are 24h delayed
API Yes Purge, analytics, configuration Sortof/partially Purge, analytics, configuration (but limited)
HTTPS & Content Protection Verizon Media CenturyLink
CDN domain HTTPSUse the CDN's domain, like cloudfront.net Yes No
Customer domain HTTPSYour domain in the CDN's certificate Extra costs Non-SNI. Pricing is custom. Wildcard possible Extra costs
Customer cert HTTPSYour certificate on the CDN Extra costs Pricing is custom Extra costs
Token authentication Yes Included as core feature Extra costs
Geo blocking Yes Included as core feature Extra costs
Hotlink protectionThird parties cannot deeplink to your content Yes Included as core feature Unknown
Basic authenticationUser logs in on the CDN to get content Extra costs Supported via special configuration Unknown
IP white/blacklisting Yes Included as core feature Unknown

Support

Customer support Verizon Media CenturyLink
Documentation Yes Yes, public Sortof/partially Yes, but not public
Humans Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support. Yes All customers get 24/7 email and phone support