Company profile

CloudFlare launched its services in July 2009 and has established quite a name for itself in CDN land, primarily because it offers a free CDN product and does not charge for data transfer/bandwidth. Also, CloudFlare is generally considered to be very innovative, especially in the area of SSL/HTTPS. Per mid 2016, CloudFlare sits in front of 4 million websites and has 80+ POPs.

Network Map

CloudFlare has ~ 80 POPs per mid July and launches a new POP 'every week'.

Pricing & Contract duration

CloudFlare offers a Free plan and other paid plans, all the way up to Enterprise. For the paid plans, CloudFlare determines a flat monthly price per customer based on average bandwidth, geography, and other factors. . The latest info is available at https://www.cloudflare.com/plans/

Pricing & Contract duration
Price US/EU traffic - low volume$0.00 per GB
Price US/EU traffic - high volume$0.00 per GB
Extra charge for APAC region trafficNo extra charge
Storage

Note: custom price plans are very common in the CDN market, especially for large volume customers. We recommend you always talk to the CDN provider about your needs and requirements and work with them to get a best-fit deal.

Features & Support

CloudFlare has an impressive and modern feature set, including serve stale (if origin is unreachable) and lots of HTTPS goodies. The UI and API have 100% feature parity.

Features & Support
Origin-PullYes
Push (upload to CDN servers)No
PurgeYesHelpAverage purge time is 5 seconds, which means files on POP edge servers are 'instantly'.
Purge AllYesHelpNot possible to purge per directory though.
GzipResend from origin, or compress on edgeHelpEnterprise customers can specify which file types get sent compressed to the client.
Persistent connectionsYes
Honors all origin server headersYes
Can override origin server headersYes
Set caching headers for pushed filesYes
Custom CNAMEsYes
HTTPSYesHelpCloudFlare provides a range of SSL/TLS features, including uploading your own certificate, Keyless SSL and they support both TLS Tickets and TLS IDs for faster TLS session resumption.
Control Panel & statisticsYes
Access LogsYesHelpOnly available to Enterprise customers (at no extra charge)
APIYesHelpRestful JSON. HTTPS endpoint. 100% feature parity between UI and API.
SupportYesHelpEnterprise customers have dedicated support representatives/engineers and 24/7 phone support.

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