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CloudFlare

45 Ratings

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26 Ratings
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CloudFlare

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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon CloudFront

Amazon CloudFront is best suited when there is a need of speed in serving static and dynanic web contents of a web application. If the content is already in that edge location, CloudFront delivers it immediately. If the content is not currently in that edge location, CloudFront retrieves it from an Amazon S3 bucket or an HTTP server. Amazon CloudFront is not appropriate in case users can tolerate some delays or servers are present near to the location of user. It also Integrates through the W3 Total Cache plugin. Amazon CloudFront Pricing based on bandwidth usage that's the best part of it.
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CloudFlare

I can't think of a scenario where CloudFlare isn't appropriate. The only time somebody shouldn't use it is if they have internal requirements prohibiting them from using alternate DNS managers. It can be slightly more cumbersome for a novice user to have to set up another account to manage their domain too, but it's 100% worth the few extra minutes to get this up and running.
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Pros

  • Solid CDN services, does what it says on the tin
  • Lots of configuration options, which allow for different setups and pricing strategies
  • Lambda@Edge integration allows for really quite complex behaviours to be executed in the cloud at the edge node itself. This means there are a huge amount of possibilities for shaping and altering traffic close to the viewer.
  • Simple integration to other AWS services (e.g. S3)
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  • CloudFlare's free CDN and free SSL tier are both great tools for those who are new to web development
  • CloudFlare's basic product includes basic DDoS protection
  • CloudFlare's cost structure is well-suited to most applications; there is a tremendous amount of functionality available on the free and $20/mo tiers
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Cons

  • The UI is godawful. I would almost say you need to be technical to feel confident that you're not going to break something, which is an issue for us as not all of our graphics team can use it.
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  • There is a bug when Free CloudFlare accounts coming from a cPanel host who have the CloudFlare plugin installed attempt to sign up for an account with CloudFlare directly.
  • They could/should reward their partners for paid accounts upgrades or free accounts which have converted to paid. Monetarily is one way, but it does not necessarily have to be money. Mentions and co-branding or other marketing would be nice as well.
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Alternatives Considered

We went with CloudFront primarily because we have all of our other services with Amazon already. We are using EC2, S3, Elastic Beanstalk, and are very familiar with the interface. It did not disappoint.
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CloudFlare has a simple and easy dashboard, any newbie can get started with it.
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Return on Investment

  • Occasionally a generated image will fail, and we need to manually bust the cache in order for the fixed image to surface, but overall it has been an asset to the company.
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  • Even on the free tier, Cloudflare's CDN usage can drive down overall bandwidth usage
  • Cloudflare's free DDoS protection ensures that traffic spikes are legitimate, and will block malicious users from reaching the origin server
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Pricing Details

Amazon CloudFront

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

CloudFlare

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details