Level3 compared to Internap

On this page you can find an overview of the features and pricing of Level3 and Internap. 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 Level3 Internap
PoPs 98 19
Purge All Fully supported Unknown
Instant Purge Not instant Unknown
Control panel Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Push Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Pull Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Shield Fully supported Not supported
GZIP Compression Fully supported Fully supported
Custom Rules Fully supported Fully supported
HTTP/2 Protocol Not supported Not supported
SPDY Protocol Not supported Not supported
Raw Access Logs Fully supported Unknown
Real time statistics Fully supported Fully supported
Online signup Not supported Not supported
API Unknown Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management
Custom CNAMEs Fully supported Unknown
Shared SSL Certificates Fully supported Fully supported
Custom SSL Certificates Fully supported Fully supported
Wildcard SSL Certificates Unknown Not supported
Support
  • Email and Phone support
  • Level3’s CDN Enhanced Support (paid)
Email and Phone support
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 Fully supported

Pricing Level3 vs Internap

Level3 Internap
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.

INTERNAP Description

Internap (Internap Network Services Corp.) is a large Internet infrastructure provider based in Atlanta, Georgia, US that has been around since 1996. The company offers data centre services, Internet Protocol (IP) services, colocation, virtual and bare metal cloud hosting and CDN services. Their trio of enterprise IP optimisation, CDN and TCP acceleration is geared to deliver an optimal end-user experience.

Acquisitions by Internap have been:

  • CO Space (2000) - telco and datacenter services
  • VPNX.com (2003) - VPN technology, formerly known as Switchsoft Systems
  • VitalStream Holdings Inc. (2007) - CDN services, digital media storage
  • Voxel Holdings Inc. (2012) - enterprise cloud and hosting
  • iWeb (2013) - cloud hosting

In 2014 Internap announced their commercially available OpenStack compute service named AgileCLOUD. The cloud service exposes the native OpenStack API and provides integrated hybridisation functionality to address a wide range of client needs. The Internap AgileCLOUD is included in the OpenStack Marketplace.

Internap was founded in 1996 and delivers CDN services to customers such as Hi-Rez Studios, Georgia Institute of Technology, Boinc, engage:BDR, Vermont Teddy Bear and Rhapsody.

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