Cloudflare Launches A New Bandwidth Alliance Including Microsoft

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Cloudflare Launches A New Bandwidth Alliance Including Microsoft

Layla Fabian

This Week, it has been reported that Cloudflare Inc. made a new partnership with a great number of internet services companies.  Cloudflare is launching a new group called “Bandwidth Alliance”, which aims to decrease the price of bandwidth for many cloud customers. Cloudflare, Inc. is a U.S. company that provides content delivery network services, DDoS mitigation, Internet security, and distributed domain name server services, sitting between the visitor and the Cloudflare user’s hosting provider, acting as a reverse proxy for websites. In July 2009, Matthew Prince, Lee Holloway, and Michelle Zatlyn established their company in San Francisco, California, United States.

According to this Bandwidth Alliance, customers who use both Cloudflare and a cloud provider that joins this alliance will get a great discount on their egress traffic or won’t have to pay for it at all. Otherwise, Some of those cloud providers that are a part of this alliance will offer free egress traffic to mutual customers with Cloudflare, while others will offer up to a 75 percent discount on overall bandwidth with Cloudflare, as reported by TechCrunch.

Bandwidth Alliance is including a great number of major and minor cloud providers worldwide and is still open to all internet services companies to join. Until now, Automattic, Backblaze, Digital Ocean, DreamHost, IBM Cloud, Linode, Microsoft Azure, Packet, Scaleway, and Vapor are the current members in this partnership. On the other hand, it’s noted that Amazon company with its AWS platform is not a part of Cloudflare Bandwidth Alliance, despite Cloudflare has talked to them, as explained by Cloudflare CEO and co-founder Matthew Prince, who confirmed that the group is open to all cloud and CDN providers. Prince also expressed that once the first member joined, the rest of the pieces fell into place quickly, in an interview with TechCrunch. He points out that Cloudflare learned from this, though, and is now using its own Argo technology to intelligently route traffic. As confirmed by him, this Bandwidth Alliance will enable a huge number of companies to use multiple cloud providers without having to pay extremely high bandwidth cost. Prince also added that more than half is now API-based traffic, and that’s exactly the kind of user who will likely save quite a bit of money thanks to this.

Finally, we should mention that in computing, bandwidth is the maximum rate of data transfer across a given path. Bandwidth may be characterized as network bandwidth, data bandwidth, or digital bandwidth. That’s why Cloudflare, Inc. is working on this Alliance.

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