Cloud Next is excited to announce our partnership with CloudFlare. If you haven’t heard about CloudFlare before, their value proposition is simple: they’ll make any website twice as fast and protect it from a broad range of web threats.
They power more than 400 billion monthly page views – more than Amazon, Wikipedia, Twitter, Zynga, AOL, Apple, Bing, eBay, PayPal and Instagram combined – and over 1.2 billion monthly users regularly pass through their network.
What Cloudflare with Cloud Next Offer
Faster web performance
CloudFlare is designed to take a great hosting platform like Cloud Next and make it even better.
They run data centres strategically located around the world and when you sign up for CloudFlare via Cloud Next, they begin routing your traffic to the nearest data centre. As your traffic passes through these data centres, they intelligently determine what parts of your website are static versus dynamic. The static portions are cached on 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 our 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.
Broad web security including a FREE SSL certificate
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. As attacks like these increase, CloudFlare is stepping up to protect sites. 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. They analyse 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.
In time, their goal is nothing short of making attacks against websites a relic of history. And, given their scale and the billions of different attacks they see and adapt to every year, they’re well on our way to achieving that for sites on the CloudFlare network.
Any website can deploy CloudFlare, regardless of your underlying platform. By integrating closely with Cloud Next, the process of setting up CloudFlare through your existing Cloud Next Account Control Panel is easy. Simply login and then follow the link to Cloudflare Integration and follow the simple steps. That’s it!
By enabling Cloudflare on your existing Cloud Next web hosting space, you will automatically receive a FREE SSL certificate, Improved Speed and Caching and Analytics. Cloudflare integration is available to all domains managed by Cloud Next and allocated to web hosting.
Have any questions? Contact our support team via a support ticket from your Account Control Panel and they will be happy to help!