Cloudflare vs. IBM Domain Name Services (DNS)

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Cloudflare
Score 8.8 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
IBM Domain Name Services (DNS)
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
IBM offers managed DNS via the IBM Cloud, providing full-service domain registration and administration featuring a simple interface and account activity tracking.N/A
Pricing
CloudflareIBM Domain Name Services (DNS)
Editions & Modules
Pro
$20
per month
Business
$200
per month
Free
Free
Enterprise
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
CloudflareIBM Domain Name Services (DNS)
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
CloudflareIBM Domain Name Services (DNS)
Considered Both Products
Cloudflare
Chose Cloudflare
Cloudflare has a much more robust set of features, many of which are complimentary for our usage levels.
IBM Domain Name Services (DNS)

No answer on this topic

Top Pros
Top Cons
Best Alternatives
CloudflareIBM Domain Name Services (DNS)
Small Businesses

No answers on this topic

Cloudflare
Cloudflare
Score 8.8 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
BIG-IP
BIG-IP
Score 9.0 out of 10
Cloudflare
Cloudflare
Score 8.8 out of 10
Enterprises
BIG-IP
BIG-IP
Score 9.0 out of 10
Google Cloud DNS
Google Cloud DNS
Score 9.0 out of 10
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User Ratings
CloudflareIBM Domain Name Services (DNS)
Likelihood to Recommend
8.6
(159 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
8.7
(4 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Usability
8.5
(8 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Availability
9.5
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Performance
9.5
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Support Rating
8.4
(128 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.7
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Configurability
9.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Ease of integration
8.2
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Product Scalability
9.5
(2 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
7.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
8.0
(1 ratings)
-
(0 ratings)
User Testimonials
CloudflareIBM Domain Name Services (DNS)
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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IBM
I have been using IBM DNS That Matter for years to host my domains. When I was looking to find a new service provider, I had a lot of demands on my list. I needed a host that was going to be fast, reliable, secure, and above all else, easy to use. I found all of this and more with IBM Cloud. On top of that, they're always coming out with new services and solutions. IBM Cloud is a great choice if you are looking for a new hosting service.
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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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IBM
  • Super fast response time.
  • Advanced security.
  • Domains are managed on IBM central system which makes it more reliable.
  • More then 99% uptime.
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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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IBM
  • Customer support could be improved.
  • All other features are excellent except customer support team.
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Likelihood to Renew
Cloudflare
lower cost
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IBM
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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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IBM
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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IBM
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Performance
Cloudflare
Their Argo for the global network is the core feature we love.
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IBM
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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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IBM
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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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IBM
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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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IBM
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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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IBM
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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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IBM
  • IBM's friendly interface help to manage all our domain in single platform.
  • Secure DNS makes us tension free.
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