Cloudflare Partners with Google to Give Cloud Credits to Developers

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Cloudflare is funding development on its Apps Platform with up to $100,000 in Google Cloud Platform (GCP) credits through a collaboration with Google Cloud.

Early-stage developer startups may be eligible for a range of benefits under the new program, including $3,000 to $100,000 in GCP credits for one year, while some are eligible for 24/7 technical support and access to the GCP technical solutions team.

Cloudflare and venture capital investors announced the $100 million Cloudflare Developer Fund in June, when the company unveiled its Cloudflare Apps Platform. The Apps Platform is a collection of APIs allowing developers to build applications leveraging Cloudflare’s global network infrastructure.

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The partnership enables developers to use GCP credits to host interactive elements of apps, perform advanced analytics, and use Google’s machine learning and artificial intelligence APIs to innovate Cloudflare Apps.

“We’ve been collaborating with Google for years, and working together for this initiative was a no-brainer. Now we’re working together to help drive innovation and democratize access to Internet tools that help developers and our customers accomplish things that were impossible before,” Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare said. “This is just another example of how we’re continuing to find new and collaborative ways to encourage app development and unlock access to Cloudflare’s global infrastructure in a scalable way.”

First-time GCP developers are eligible for a $500 credit through the program, and existing users can claim a $200 credit, while early-stage startups receive a $3,000 credit, and “exceptional apps” can be awarded $20,000 in credits, extendable to $100,000 based on first-year usage, according to a blog post.

Building up the Cloudflare Apps Platform will help the company add value for its customers ahead of a planned 2018 IPO.

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