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CloudFlare Expands Global CDN Footprint Through Equinix Data Centers

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Web content acceleration and security company CloudFlare has significantly expanded its points of presence in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific through a partnership with interconnection and data center provider Equinix.

The new deal between Equinix and CloudFlare more than doubles CloudFlare’s footprint within Equinix’s data centers, and also takes advantage of its cloud partner and customer ecosystem. CloudFlare’s new POPs include: Amsterdam, Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Hong Kong, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Seattle, Silicon Valley, Singapore, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto and Washington, D.C.

The expansion of its global presence boosts the performance of its cloud-based content delivery network to serve its growing customer base, and deal with an increase in the traffic passing through its network, which jumped 400 percent in the past year.

Having servers in close proximity to its worldwide customers, which number more than 1.5 million, helps increase performance at different locations and reduce latency. Fully 95 percent of the world’s population is now geographically located 10 milliseconds of latency away from the closest CloudFlare data center.

The Equinix data centers also increases CloudFlare’s capacity for mitigating Distributed Denial of Service attacks by more effectively absorbing and dispersing the massive volumes of traffic associated with large-scale DDoS attacks, which are becoming increasingly common.

Earlier in the year, CloudFlare announced plans to increase it network including locations in Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, and parts of Asia where it currently lacks coverage. CloudFlare’s largest markets in order of size are the US, China and Brazil.

And it seems that global expansion is necessary in its mission to “build a better Internet,” which has included its Project Galileo initiative, which is designed to protect political and artistically important sites from DDoS attacks which impact individuals’ ability to express themselves freely.

With a network of more than 100 data centers, Equinix provides data centers to more than 450 cloud service providers. It has been a data center partner in the international expansion of New York-based cloud hosting provider Digital Ocean, which opened its new London data center at an Equinix facility earlier this week.

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. To be honest I think performance results when using cloud-flare are negligible at best.

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