CloudFlare designed its CDN (Content Delivery Network) without the legacy of the last 15 years. Our proprietary technology takes advantage of recent changes to hardware, web server technology and network routing. In other words, we've built the next-generation CDN. The result is a CDN that is easier to setup, more affordable, and performs better than any legacy CDN you've tried before.
CloudFlare build their hardware from the ground up, which means that they choose the hardware components down to the chip level. Their proprietary software allows them to process millions of requests per second efficiently. They run thier own network, they choose the exact location of their edge nodes—the most strategic points on the Internet. This is essential to ensure your visitors get the fastest page load times and best performance.
CloudFlare's CDN reduces hops and lowers latency. On average, a request is fewer than 10 hops and takes less than 30ms. The result? Your website gains a global presence on an affordable budget.
CloudFlare Makes Your Site Faster and More Secure
CloudFlare operates out of 23 data centers around the world. Their CDN automatically caches your static files at our edge nodes so these files are stored closer to your visitors while delivering your dynamic content directly from your web server. CloudFlare then uses a technology called Anycast to route your visitors to the nearest data center. The result is that your website, on average, loads twice as fast for your visitors regardless of where they are located. On average, a website on CloudFlare loads twice as fast for its visitors, sees 65% fewer requests and saves 60% of bandwidth.