Azure CDN vs. Cloudflare

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Azure CDN
Score 8.5 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft offers a content delivery network, Azure CDN.N/A
Cloudflare
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
Cloudflare, from the company of the same name in San Francisco, provides DDoS and bot mitigation security for business domains, as well as a content delivery network (CDN) and web application firewall (WAF).
$20
per month
Pricing
Azure CDNCloudflare
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Pro
$20
per month
Business
$200
per month
Free
Free
Enterprise
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Azure CDNCloudflare
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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Azure CDNCloudflare
Considered Both Products
Azure CDN

No answer on this topic

Cloudflare
Chose Cloudflare
Cloudflare is easier to use and more user friendly. It is really a great tool for average users. It's convenient and fast to use. I really like it better than other tools out there. It is superior in many ways. Really one of the best CDNs out there by far.
Chose Cloudflare
In my opinion it is the best one to manage and has a lot of resources written for you to be able to grasp any concept that you might need help in. It is a tool that you can handle alone if you have the basic knowledge.
Chose Cloudflare
Cloudflare proved to be the winning choice over its competitors because it was the only solution that's so complete. The other solutions we analyzed were convincing for the caching/CDN aspect but had gaps in other aspects such as security or DDoS protection. Cloudflare also …
Chose Cloudflare
1. It's very cost effective if compared with other cloud CDN.
2.It's Easier to manage multiple domains from a single CloudFlare account.
3.SSL is very cheap.
Chose Cloudflare
CloudFlare shines in a situation where you need a low-cost solution that can be un-integrated with other aspects of your deployment. For websites that have larger DDoS risk, their DDoS solutions are also attractive. Up-market, their enterprise offerings are on par with services …
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Best Alternatives
Azure CDNCloudflare
Small Businesses
Cloudflare
Cloudflare
Score 9.0 out of 10

No answers on this topic

Medium-sized Companies
Cloudflare
Cloudflare
Score 9.0 out of 10
BIG-IP
BIG-IP
Score 8.8 out of 10
Enterprises
Amazon CloudFront
Amazon CloudFront
Score 8.6 out of 10
BIG-IP
BIG-IP
Score 8.8 out of 10
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User Ratings
Azure CDNCloudflare
Likelihood to Recommend
10.0
(7 ratings)
9.0
(154 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.9
(5 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
8.6
(9 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.5
(2 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.5
(2 ratings)
Support Rating
8.0
(1 ratings)
8.8
(123 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.8
(2 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
8.1
(2 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
9.5
(2 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Azure CDNCloudflare
Likelihood to Recommend
Microsoft
Azure CDN has at hand an infinity of applications and tools to implement in your system and have better control of your data in a clean and secure platform on the web, we recommend this program since the percentage of solutions provided by this program is very high and find a way to make each user's job easier.
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Cloudflare
It is easy to set up, and within 10 minutes it is up and running. You can add many domains in one dashboard. So no need for a separate Cloudflare account. I can access all my domain DNS, and customize/add it further. For example by adding the Google Webmaster DNS key or my email provider.
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Pros
Microsoft
  • I found the CDN very easy to setup and configure within the Azure Portal.
  • Being Azure, there are plenty of free tools that allow you to manage the CDN from a UI that is not the portal. This was especially handy when I trained end users how to manage content within their specific realm.
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Cloudflare
  • Registrar and DNS services are impeccable, with registrations done at cost and without ADs. DNS services setting standards for speed of resolution.
  • DDOS protection. With their content distribution network to back them they have the bandwidth and tools to be both proactive and reactive to bad actors.
  • WAF - Their Web Application Firewall helps mitigate common site vulnerabilities and has active zero-day protection running for breaking exploits
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Cons
Microsoft
  • Tough learning curve--you have to be comfortable with the Azure Cloud logic and UI to use it easily
  • Special or uncommon use cases' pricing can be hard to forecast/follow
  • Can be expensive for simple use cases
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Cloudflare
  • In some cases, using Cloudflare can actually lead to slower website speeds if the network is congested or if the website's traffic is particularly heavy.
  • Some website owners may find that the level of customization offered by Cloudflare is limited, especially in comparison to other solutions.
  • While Cloudflare is easy to set up and manage, it may be too complex for users who are not familiar with web technologies.
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Likelihood to Renew
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Cloudflare
lower cost
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Usability
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Cloudflare
Everything is extremely concise and all settings apply immediately and take effect globally. There is no reason to explicitly plan/think in terms of individual regions as one would have to traditional cloud offerings (AWS, OCI, Azure). All Cloudflare products integrate seamless as part of a single pipeline that executes from request to response.
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Reliability and Availability
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Cloudflare
In 6+ years of relying on Cloudflare, I think we experienced one or two brief outages that were Cloudflare's fault.
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Performance
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Cloudflare
Their Argo for the global network is the core feature we love.
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Support Rating
Microsoft
Great support from the team whenever we're stuck. Very proactive in resolving issues and also making changes as per the requirements of the organization.
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Cloudflare
We really like to talk to a person on the phone or using chat. But the system is very slow and sending to much email to get the issue solve. Something we don't like to spend time writing on the community forum our issue because we don't want to share detail information of our POC.
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Implementation Rating
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Cloudflare
Very well executed implementation where our team was able to handle the implementation with guidance.
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Alternatives Considered
Microsoft
More user friendly and it’s so easy to learn, the prices may be close to each other, but the service is excellent.
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Cloudflare
Firebase can be a good starter for basic projects but as I scaled up, I found it lacking the maturity Cloudflare has. Naturaly, I opted for Cloudflare for bigger projects. I still use Firebase, but for small scale hobby projects only.
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Scalability
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Cloudflare
They are built for scale and have the capacity to handle all the traffic we could ever expect to get.
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Return on Investment
Microsoft
  • Azure CDN reduced origin instance load by removing the need to constantly serve large numbers of static files, meaning applications can be deployed with smaller/fewer instances.
  • Azure CDN reduces apparent load times to customers by serving cached files out of POPs in the local region of those clients, instead of requiring those clients to make multiple, lengthy requests through to the origin servers.
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Cloudflare
  • A lot of requests are cached and so egress costs from downstream providers are mitigated.
  • DDoS protection has also managed to keep our site up and our cloud computing bill down.
  • Setting up a proxy with a worker made putting various Google Cloud Functions running behind a single URL very easy and performant. Plus they offer API Shield on top of this.
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