Cloudflare vs. Google Cloud CDN

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cloudflare
Score 8.7 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
Google Cloud CDN
Score 8.6 out of 10
N/A
The Google Cloud CDN is touted as a low cost option with tight integration with Google Cloud apps and services.N/A
Pricing
CloudflareGoogle Cloud CDN
Editions & Modules
Pro
$20
per month
Business
$200
per month
Free
Free
Enterprise
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
CloudflareGoogle Cloud CDN
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional Details
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Community Pulse
CloudflareGoogle Cloud CDN
Considered Both Products
Cloudflare
Chose Cloudflare
In my opinion, it is the easiest one to manage, and it provides a great deal of textual resources that can assist you in understanding any idea with which you might require assistance. If you are equipped with the necessary knowledge, you will be able to operate the tool on …
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.
Google Cloud CDN
Chose Google Cloud CDN
We are already using Google Cloud for our infrastructure needs, so it felt like a natural extension to use. We were earlier using AWS CloudFront and some workloads were using Cloudflare. Though to centralise everything, we moved them to Google Cloud CDN. This helps in easier …
Chose Google Cloud CDN
It has More transparency in pricing as well as more services at a lower cost. The ability to stream video and other specialized features, and the ability to manage all projects can be accessed through a separate creative dashboard. The initial setup is very simple and you can …
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Best Alternatives
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Small Businesses

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Cloudflare
Cloudflare
Score 8.7 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
BIG-IP
BIG-IP
Score 9.0 out of 10
Cloudflare
Cloudflare
Score 8.7 out of 10
Enterprises
BIG-IP
BIG-IP
Score 9.0 out of 10
Amazon CloudFront
Amazon CloudFront
Score 8.5 out of 10
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User Ratings
CloudflareGoogle Cloud CDN
Likelihood to Recommend
8.5
(160 ratings)
9.1
(9 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.7
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
8.5
(8 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
9.4
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.4
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.3
(129 ratings)
7.0
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.7
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
8.4
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.4
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
7.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
CloudflareGoogle Cloud CDN
Likelihood to Recommend
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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Google
Google Cloud CDN is available globally and supports various load balancers available in different regions around the globe, so I find Google Cloud CDN as one of the best choices for CDN as it serves globally and it is really fast, safe, and secure. It might be not suitable for you if you do not have any technical background.
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Pros
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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Google
  • The intelligent categorization and management of site content cache in Google Cloud CDN is unique and offers the best results with simple settings.
  • It has powerful servers in all geographical regions of the world and the speed of the site will increase many times for the customer with smart routing.
  • It has AnyCast IP feature and website receives a single global IP address. In this case, the site loads at the same speed worldwide.
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Cons
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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Google
  • Unable to use any kind of code to show different content.
  • Absence of cloud workers as provided by Cloudfront, Cloudflare and Akamai.
  • No support for dynamic routing.
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Likelihood to Renew
Cloudflare
lower cost
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Google
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Usability
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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Google
No answers on this topic
Reliability and Availability
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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Google
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Performance
Cloudflare
Their Argo for the global network is the core feature we love.
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Google
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Support Rating
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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Google
I didn't have the need to use support from Google when I was either testing or setting up my website. Information was easily found by searching online if I needed to, and the options that I needed to install or enable were there on the setup page. Honestly, I was a former systems administrator so most of this stuff is not challenging for me.
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Implementation Rating
Cloudflare
Very well executed implementation where our team was able to handle the implementation with guidance.
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Google
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Alternatives Considered
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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Google
We have limited software developers and don't have the need for a big cloud service provider along with their costs. Google Cloud CDN brings to usr, reliability and brand familiarity. Google Cloud CDN also doesn't bother us with pitches or 1000 emails about the products. We went and signed up for it, without dealing with a pushy salesperson.
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Scalability
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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Google
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Return on Investment
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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Google
  • Google Cloud CDN has worked great as a tool to provide more reliable and faster interactive web experiences such as with e-learning sites.
  • The product can require additional training costs, even for experienced IT administrators.
  • Overall, ongoing costs can also be prohibitive for organizations with smaller web presences.
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