MaxCDN compared to Level3

On this page you can find an overview of the features and pricing of MaxCDN 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 MaxCDN Level3
PoPs 18 98
Purge All Fully supported Fully supported
Instant Purge Fully supported Not instant
Control panel Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Push Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Pull Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Shield Additional costs Fully supported
GZIP Compression Fully supported Fully supported
Custom Rules Fully supported Fully supported
HTTP/2 Protocol Not supported Not supported
SPDY Protocol Fully supported Not supported
Raw Access Logs Fully supported Fully supported
Real time statistics Additional costs 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 Additional costs Fully supported
Wildcard SSL Certificates Additional costs Unknown
Support Phone, Chat and Email support
  • Email and Phone support
  • Level3’s CDN Enhanced Support (paid)
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 Not supported Additional costs

Pricing MaxCDN vs Level3

MaxCDN Level3
Global flat fee N/A N/A
NA/EU Traffic (low volume) $0.06 per GB N/A
NA/EU Traffic (high volume) $0.03 per GB (310TB+) N/A
APAC Traffic $0.095 per GB N/A
LATAM Traffic N/A N/A
Extra costs N/A N/A

MAXCDN Description

MaxCDN is a Los Angeles-based CDN provider, founded in 2009. In 2013 the company re-branded their video on demand solution HDDN (High Definition Distribution Network), CloudCache and NetDNA products under a single MaxCDN banner.

jQuery and BootstrapCDN are hosted on the MaxCDN network, and the company supports Google’s SPDY.

Notable customers of MaxCDN include Kodak, Nissan, The Next Web, Forbes, WP Engine and WPBeginner, and BuySellAds. Some of these brands are no longer customer of MaxCDN at the time of writing.

MAXCDN Resellers

MaxCDN is resold by Warpcache. As a multi-CDN provider, Warpcache both sells a variety of CDNs in a single package, or separately depending on a client’s wishes. Get in touch here, for more information about MaxCDN, pricing and features.

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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