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CloudFlare vs Google Cloud CDN: What are the differences?

What is CloudFlare? The Web Performance & Security Company. Cloudflare speeds up and protects millions of websites, APIs, SaaS services, and other properties connected to the Internet.

What is Google Cloud CDN? Low-latency, low-cost content delivery using Google's global network. Google Cloud CDN leverages Google's globally distributed edge caches to accelerate content delivery for websites and applications served out of Google Compute Engine. Cloud CDN lowers network latency, offloads origins, and reduces serving costs. Once you've set up HTTP(S) Load Balancing, simply enable Cloud CDN with a single checkbox.

CloudFlare and Google Cloud CDN can be categorized as "Content Delivery Network" tools.

Some of the features offered by CloudFlare are:

  • CDN
  • WAF (Web Application Firewall)
  • DDOS Protection

On the other hand, Google Cloud CDN provides the following key features:

  • Anycast
  • Invalidation
  • HTTP/2

According to the StackShare community, CloudFlare has a broader approval, being mentioned in 2300 company stacks & 712 developers stacks; compared to Google Cloud CDN, which is listed in 6 company stacks and 3 developer stacks.

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What is CloudFlare?

Cloudflare speeds up and protects millions of websites, APIs, SaaS services, and other properties connected to the Internet.

What is Google Cloud CDN?

Google Cloud CDN leverages Google's globally distributed edge caches to accelerate content delivery for websites and applications served out of Google Compute Engine. Cloud CDN lowers network latency, offloads origins, and reduces serving costs. Once you've set up HTTP(S) Load Balancing, simply enable Cloud CDN with a single checkbox.

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    What are some alternatives to CloudFlare and Google Cloud CDN?
    Akamai
    If you've ever shopped online, downloaded music, watched a web video or connected to work remotely, you've probably used Akamai's cloud platform. Akamai helps businesses connect the hyperconnected, empowering them to transform and reinvent their business online. We remove the complexities of technology, so you can focus on driving your business faster forward.
    MaxCDN
    The MaxCDN Content Delivery Network efficiently delivers your site’s static file through hundreds of servers instead of slogging through a single host. This "smart route" technology distributes your content to your visitors via the city closest to them.
    Incapsula
    Through an application-aware, global content delivery network (CDN), Incapsula provides any website and web application with best-of-breed security, DDoS protection, load balancing and failover solutions.
    Netlify
    Netlify is smart enough to process your site and make sure all assets gets optimized and served with perfect caching-headers from a cookie-less domain. We make sure your HTML is served straight from our CDN edge nodes without any round-trip to our backend servers and are the only ones to give you instant cache invalidation when you push a new deploy. Netlify is also the only static hosting service with integrated continuous deployment.
    Fastly
    Fastly's real-time content delivery network gives you total control over your content, unprecedented access to performance analytics, and the ability to instantly update content in 150 milliseconds.
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    Reviews of CloudFlare and Google Cloud CDN
    Review ofCloudFlareCloudFlare

    I first wore my first domain cloudflare IE "https://rifqiarief.tk" until now can still be visited, I am really grateful to the cloudflare, thanks to rare to my website down cloudflare, before my website is down so often, because I'm wearing a great resource, and dilimit by my hosting party "be advised, I wear free hosting:D" now thanks to him, to my website really stable, unless it's really my full server connection my server, run faster, regardless of my location in Indonesia, unfortunately the cloudflare doesn't have a datacenter in Indonesia, if you don't believe me, please visit my website "https://rifqiarief.tk"

    How developers use CloudFlare and Google Cloud CDN
    Avatar of Tim Lucas
    Tim Lucas uses CloudFlareCloudFlare

    Cloudflare sits in front of the entire site providing HTTP2 and HTTPS, which is particularly important due the large number of SVG images for the headings that need to be send down to the browser in parallel. Cloudflare also manages the DNS for DKIM TXT records, a dynamic root ALIAS record to the Heroku application, and GeoIP country headers.

    Avatar of ShadowICT
    ShadowICT uses CloudFlareCloudFlare

    We use CloudFlare to protect our network from breaches as well as to reduce bandwidth on the servers themselves and therefore freeing up the bandwidth for our other projects. We also use CloudFlare for instant DNS propagation across the internet where possible.

    Avatar of Adminout
    Adminout uses CloudFlareCloudFlare

    We love the free SSL and extensive CDN network. DDoS protection is a plus. Great premium features for rapidly growing projects. Cloudflare has helped us forget about silly things like asset minification and email obfuscation.

    Avatar of OnlineCity
    OnlineCity uses CloudFlareCloudFlare

    We use CF for DNS hosting, since their AnyCast DNS provides the best latency in the business, and they support DNSSEC + IPv6. We don't use the CDN or website optimizations.

    Avatar of Adrian Harabulă
    Adrian Harabulă uses CloudFlareCloudFlare

    lots of good stuff available for free that you don't even think about it, default configuration saves you weeks of work, painless https setup, good to kickstart projects

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