What is Cloudflare anyway?

What is Cloudflare anyway?

If you haven’t heard about CloudFlare before, Cloudflare is a web performance and security company. In short, they protect and accelerates any websites.

Today, hundreds of thousands of websites—ranging from individual blogs to E-commerce sites to the websites of Fortune 500 companies to national governments—use CloudFlare to make their sites faster and more secure. They power more than 65 billion monthly page views—more than Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Zynga, AOL, Apple, Bing, eBay, PayPal and Instagram combined—and over 25% of the Internet’s population regularly passes through our network.

Faster web performance

Cloudflare runs 34 data centers strategically located around the world. So when you sign up with Hostmoko and activate CloudFlare, we begin routing your traffic to the nearest data center.

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As your traffic passes through the data centers, Cloudflare intelligently determine what parts of your website are static versus dynamic. The static portions are cached their servers for a short period of time, typically less than 2 hours before they check to see if they’ve been updated. By automatically moving the static parts of your site closer to your visitors, the overall performance of your site improves significantly.

CloudFlare’s intelligent caching system also means you save bandwidth, which means saving money, and decreases the load on your servers, which means your web application will run faster and more efficiently than ever. On average, CloudFlare customers see a 60% decrease in bandwidth usage, and a 65% in total requests to their servers. The overall effect is that CloudFlare will typically cut the load time for pages on your site by 50% which means higher engagement and happier visitors.

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Broad web security
Over the course of 2011, CloudFlare identified a 700% increase in the number of distributed denial of service attacks  (DDoS) they track on the Internet (see the chart below). As attacks like these increase, CloudFlare is stepping up to protect sites.

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CloudFlare’s security protections offer a broad range of protections against attacks such as DDoS, hacking or spam submitted to a blog or comment form. What is powerful about their approach is that the system gets smarter the more sites that are part of the CloudFlare community. Cloudflare analyze the traffic patterns of hundreds of millions of visitors in real time and adapt the security systems to ensure good traffic gets through and bad traffic is stopped.

 

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