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CloudFlare vs Google Cloud DNS: What are the differences?

CloudFlare and Google Cloud DNS are two commonly used services for managing DNS (Domain Name System) settings for websites. While both offer DNS management capabilities, there are key differences between the two.

  1. Pricing: CloudFlare provides a free tier for basic DNS management, with additional features available through paid plans. In contrast, Google Cloud DNS charges based on usage, with pricing varying depending on the number of DNS zones and the volume of DNS queries.

  2. Infrastructure: CloudFlare operates a global network of DNS servers distributed across multiple data centers worldwide. This enables them to deliver fast and reliable DNS resolution. On the other hand, Google Cloud DNS leverages Google's infrastructure, which is known for its scalability and performance.

  3. Integration with CDN: CloudFlare offers not only DNS management but also Content Delivery Network (CDN) services. This integration allows for enhanced website performance, security, and caching. While Google Cloud DNS focuses solely on DNS management and does not provide integrated CDN capabilities.

  4. Traffic Routing: CloudFlare offers advanced traffic routing capabilities through their Traffic Manager. This allows users to distribute incoming requests to different origins based on various criteria such as geographical location, server availability, or performance. Google Cloud DNS does not provide this level of traffic routing functionality.

  5. Security Features: CloudFlare has a strong focus on providing security features for websites, including protection against DDoS attacks, web application firewalls, and SSL/TLS encryption. Google Cloud DNS primarily focuses on DNS management and does not offer the same level of security features as CloudFlare.

  6. User Interface and API: CloudFlare provides a user-friendly web interface and a comprehensive API for managing DNS settings. Google Cloud DNS also offers a web interface and API, but it is more tailored towards developers and may require more technical expertise to fully utilize.

In summary, CloudFlare and Google Cloud DNS offer DNS management capabilities, but they differ in terms of pricing, infrastructure, integration with CDN, traffic routing capabilities, security features, and user interface/API. The choice between the two depends on specific needs and priorities of website owners.

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Pros of CloudFlare
Pros of Google Cloud DNS
  • 424
    Easy setup, great cdn
  • 277
    Free ssl
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    Easy setup
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    Great cdn
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  • 71
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    Great UI
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    Great js cdn
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    HTTP/2 Support
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    DNS Analytics
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  • 9
    Rocket Loader
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  • 9
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    IPv6 "One Click"
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    Fantastic CDN service
  • 7
  • 7
    Nice DNS
  • 7
  • 7
    Free GeoIP
  • 7
    Amazing performance
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    Cheapest SSL
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    Free and reliable, Faster then anyone else
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    Asynchronous resource loading
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    Global Load Balancing
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    Easy Use
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    Support for SSHFP records
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  • 9
    Backed by Google
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    High volume
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    Anycast DNS servers
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Cons of CloudFlare
Cons of Google Cloud DNS
  • 2
    No support for SSHFP records
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    Expensive when you exceed their fair usage limits
  • 4
    Lack of privacy
  • 2
    Backed by Google

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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 DNS?

Use Google's infrastructure for production quality, high volume DNS serving. Your users will have reliable, low-latency access to Google's infrastructure from anywhere in the world using our network of Anycast name servers.

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