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CloudFlare Announces Plans to Expand Network and Rework API

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Security and website optimization service provider CloudFlare plans to expand its data center facilities globally, expand developer control over the CloudFlare platform and extend SSL with perfect forward secrecy support to all users in 2014.

According to a company blog post, CloudFlare plans to add data center locations in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and parts of Asia where it currently lacks coverage. Trailing the US, China is CloudFlare’s second largest market, and Brazil is its third. Locating network nodes closer to its growing customer base will better serve these customers.

CloudFlare is also responding to customer requests to expand the control developers can have over CloudFlare’s platform by providing them access to all features and settings through a RESTful API.

And in light of NSA and other government agency surveillance brought to the public’s attention in 2013, CloudFlare is planning on making available state-of-the-art encryption technologies to protect customer data on its network. Specifically, it will be providing SSL with PFS support to all customers including those at the free tier.

“[W]e believe it’s disappointing that there are only about 2 million SSL-protected sites online today,” CloudFlare co-founder and CEO Matthew Prince stated in the blog post. “One day in 2014 we plan to double that. We think it’s one of the most important things we can do to further our mission of building a better web.”

Google has provided forward secrecy by default since 2011 to users of its Gmail service, Google Docs, encrypted search and other services.

This has been a big year for CloudFlare. By most measures including page views, revenue and traffic across its network, the company has grown more than 400 percent in 2013, and its staff has doubled in size. Partly fueling this growth was a $50 million Series C funding round closed about a year ago but only recently disclosed.

About the Author

David Hamilton is a Toronto-based technology journalist who has written for the National Post and other news outlets. He has covered the hosting industry internationally for the Web Host Industry Review with particular attention to innovative hosting solutions and the issues facing the industry. David is a graduate of Queen’s University and the Humber College School of Media Studies.

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  1. You have to rework the API as security is really important in cloud hosting. Hackers now are also getting smarter.

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