Amazon CloudFront compared to Level3

On this page you can find an overview of the features and pricing of Amazon CloudFront and Level3. We hope this helps you compare these two Content Delivery Networks. You can find additional tips that help you select the right CDN here.

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Fully supported Partially supported Additional costs Not supported Unknown
Features Amazon CloudFront Level3
PoPs 41 98
Purge All Not supported Fully supported
Instant Purge Not supported Not instant
Control panel Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Push Partially supported Fully supported
Origin Pull Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Shield Not supported Fully supported
GZIP Compression Fully supported Fully supported
Custom Rules Partially supported Fully supported
HTTP/2 Protocol Fully supported Not supported
SPDY Protocol Not supported Not supported
Raw Access Logs Fully supported Fully supported
Real time statistics Not supported Fully supported
Online signup Fully supported Not supported
API Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management Unknown
Custom CNAMEs Fully supported Fully supported
Shared SSL Certificates Fully supported Fully supported
Custom SSL Certificates Partially supported Fully supported
Wildcard SSL Certificates Partially supported Unknown
Support Phone and Email support (extra charge), Community Forum (free)
  • Email and Phone support
  • Level3’s CDN Enhanced Support (paid)
Video On Demand (VoD) Additional costs Fully supported
RTMP Streaming Additional costs Fully supported
Multiple CDNs Not supported Not supported
CDN balancing tech Not supported Not supported
Storage Additional costs Additional costs

Pricing Amazon CloudFront vs Level3

Amazon CloudFront Level3
Global flat fee N/A N/A
NA/EU Traffic (low volume) $0.085 per GB N/A
NA/EU Traffic (high volume) $0.040 per GB (350TB+) N/A
APAC Traffic $0.140 - $0.170 per GB N/A
LATAM Traffic $0.250 per GB N/A
Extra costs
  • $0.0075 per 10,000 HTTP Requests (US)
  • $0.0100 per 10,000 HTTPS Requests (US)
  • $0.0090 per 10,000 HTTP Requests (EU/RoW ex. SA)
  • $0.0120 per 10,000 HTTPS Requests (EU/RoW ex. SA & AU)
  • $0.0160 per 10,000 HTTP Requests (SA)
  • $0.0220 per 10,000 HTTPS Requests (SA)
  • $0.0125 per 10,000 HTTPS Requests (AU)
  • $0.005 per file invalidation (purge) request (first 1000 per month are free)
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AMAZON CLOUDFRONT Description

Cloudfront is a CDN by Amazon, which can be used on a stand-alone basis, or in combination with other Amazon web products.

The CDN integrates very well with Amazon Web Services (AWS), and is often used in combination with their storage solution Amazon S3.

Amazon Cloudfront offers on-demand, no-commitment pricing plans which can be found on their website. The pricing overview of Cloudfront is slightly complex; customers should be aware that the unit prices for bandwidth and requests differ per region.

Current customers of Cloudfront are not published, but CDN Overview has located a few such as: NHL and Nasty Gal. We’ll be updating the list as we find more.

To compare Cloudfront to other providers, click the links at the bottom of this page, or enter your own comparison using the search function.

LEVEL3 Description

Level3 Communications is an Internet Service Provider (ISP) and a provider of telecommunication services. The company was founded in 1885 and is currently headquartered in Colorado, in the United States. The Level3 brand is well-known; the company operates a large, physical network of the Internet and offers a wide range of networking services. Level3 is the network, and it owns a Tier 1 backbone and operates its own points-of-presence (PoPs). One notable customer of Level3 is Netflix.

Level3 has made some notable acquisitions, including companies such as Black Lotus (DDoS protection), TW Telecom (business Internet solutions), Genuity (AS1) and the CDN services business of Savvis - a subsidiary of CenturyLink that provides hosting and colocation services. The CDN was acquired in 2006 and is run by Level3 to this day. In 2016 Level3 has been acquired by CenturyLink.

Additional CDN-related services by Level3 include DDoS protection, SSL, Encryption, Geo Blocking, (live) video streaming and website acceleration.

Together with Fastly, CloudFlare, Highwinds, Akamai and EdgeCast, Level3 is part of the Google Cloud Platform CDN Interconnect program. The interconnection agreement between the backbones of both parties will benefit customers on both sides; traffic over these interconnects enjoys reduced latency and increased reliability compared to the public Internet. Clients using a Google Cloud origin receive a discount to their egress traffic when peering with Level3 or any other CDN that is part of the collaboration.

Level3 does not publish customer information. CDN overview has located some of customers of the CDN service, such as CloudVPS. We’ll keep the list updated.

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