Level3 compared to Akamai

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

Fully supported Partially supported Additional costs Not supported Unknown
Features Level3 Akamai
PoPs 98 ~2200
Purge All Fully supported Fully supported
Instant Purge Not instant Not supported
Control panel Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Push Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Pull Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Shield Fully supported Additional costs
GZIP Compression Fully supported Fully supported
Custom Rules Fully supported Fully supported
HTTP/2 Protocol Not supported Fully supported
SPDY Protocol Not supported Not supported
Raw Access Logs Fully supported Fully supported
Real time statistics Fully supported Not supported
Online signup Not supported Not supported
API Unknown Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management
Custom CNAMEs Fully supported Fully supported
Shared SSL Certificates Fully supported Fully supported
Custom SSL Certificates Fully supported Additional costs
Wildcard SSL Certificates Unknown Additional costs
Support
  • Email and Phone support
  • Level3’s CDN Enhanced Support (paid)
Phone and Email support, Community Forum
Video On Demand (VoD) Fully supported Fully supported
RTMP Streaming Fully supported Fully supported
Multiple CDNs Not supported Not supported
CDN balancing tech Not supported Not supported
Storage Additional costs Not supported

Pricing Level3 vs Akamai

Level3 Akamai
Global flat fee N/A N/A
NA/EU Traffic (low volume) N/A N/A
NA/EU Traffic (high volume) N/A N/A
APAC Traffic N/A N/A
LATAM Traffic N/A N/A
Extra costs N/A N/A

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.

AKAMAI Description

One of the older, and most well-known CDN providers is Akamai Technologies. Founded in 1998, the company has served notable customers such as Twitter, Adobe, Facebook, Nintendo, Sky and Fox, BBC and CNN, and Bing.

Accounting for a large portion of the world’s Web traffic, Akamai’s Intelligent Cloud Computing Platform is built on top of 200,000 servers, in over 110 countries, within more than 1,400 networks in the world.

In the CDN industry, Akamai Technologies is a large player. The company holds a variety of CDN related patents, and is no stranger to patent infringement disputes. In 2005 Akamai Technologies acquired competitor Speedera, a move that ended a long-lasting dispute over Speedera-held patents. Additionally, Akamai has been in a dispute with Limelight Networks since 2006 over an alleged patent infringement - a case that came to an end in August 2015, with Limelight being held liable for the infringement.

Through the Google Cloud Platform CDN Interconnect program, Akamai has established a peering arrangement with Google’s Cloud Platform. Joined by Highwinds, CloudFlare, Fastly, Level3 and EdgeCast, Akamai has established private interconnects with Google edge locations, to the benefit of both parties customers. Compared to data traffic routing over the public Internet, traffic via the interconnects suffers less latency, and the connection is more reliable. Google Cloud platform who use GCE as their origin receive a discount to their egress origin traffic routed via Akamai.

AKAMAI Resellers

Akamai has an extensive reseller program and works with a large amount of partners to resell its services. One of those parties is Warpcache.

Interested in learning more about the company, Akamai services and Akamai pricing? Contact Warpcache here.

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