Content delivery network
CloudFlare: a next-generation content delivery network
At the forefront of hardware, routing, and web-server technology, CloudFlare has built an innovative content delivery network. Easy to set up, extremely affordable, and consistently high performing, CloudFlare’s cloud-based network efficiently processes millions of requests per second from anywhere in the world.
The CloudFlare team builds all the hardware it needs from the ground up, and runs its own network. Because CloudFlare uses multiple data centers across the Internet – and around the world – your content will always be available, relatively near your site visitors. These strategically located "edge nodes" are essential to ensuring fast page load times and maximum performance.
The map below shows CloudFlare's key strategic locations – giving your website a true global presence. The basic plan is available at no extra cost to you!
- CloudFlare makes your site faster
- CloudFlare's global content delivery network automatically caches static files at its edge nodes around the globe. This means your static files are stored closer to your visitors, and only your dynamic content is delivered directly from your web server.
CloudFlare uses a technology called "Anycast" to route your visitors to the nearest data center. The result is that your website, on average, will load twice as fast for your visitors with CloudFlare, regardless of where they are located.
- Always Online™
- If your server ever goes offline, CloudFlare will serve a limited copy of your cached website to keep it online for your visitors. CloudFlare builds the Always Online™ version of your website to showcase your most popular pages!
- Protect against traffic surges
- CloudFlare's content delivery network will absorb surges in traffic, ensuring your server stays online. By enabling CloudFlare’s core services, you will receive an average of 65% fewer requests to your servers and save 60% of your bandwidth.
- 99.999% uptime
- Thanks to CloudFlare's distributed network, if there is an issue in one data center, visitors to the other data centers are unaffected. If the issue persists, CloudFlare will reroute visitors to the next closest data center, offering a seamless experience for your visitors, even in the case of unexpected events.