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|Headquarters||San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|Key people||Matthew Prince (CEO)
|Alexa rank||3,189 (July 2012)[update]|
CloudFlare is a company which provides a content delivery network and distributed domain name server, sitting between the visitor and the CloudFlare user's hosting provider, thus acting as a reverse proxy for websites. The service is marketed as providing security, as well as improving website performance and speed.
While CloudFlare's main business is protecting customers from DoS attacks, they also provide other services like a web application firewall (WAF). A report by Zero Science Lab from 2013 comparing web application firewalls found that CloudFlare's WAF is less effective than ModSecurity and Incapsula.
CloudFlare offers four types of service plans: Free, Pro, Business, and Enterprise.
Matthew Prince, Lee Holloway, and Michelle Zatlyn created CloudFlare in 2009. They previously worked on Project Honey Pot. CloudFlare was launched at the September 2010 TechCrunch Disrupt conference.
In July 2011, CloudFlare announced receiving $20 million in venture funding from New Enterprise Associates, Venrock, and Pelion Venture Partners, after receiving $2 million in earlier funding. It had raised the additional funding in November 2010.
In October 2011, CloudFlare was named as the Most Innovative Network & Internet Technology Company of 2011 by Wall Street Journal. The World Economic Forum (WEF) noted CloudFlare's "innovative algorithms" and ability to adapt in its "Technology Pioneers 2012" report. The WEF called LulzSec's use of CloudFlare's services "a vote of confidence in CloudFlare's approach."
In June 2014, CloudFlare protected the "PopVote" website in Hong Kong against 300Gb/s of DDoS attacks that were meant to abort the voting process. Under its protection, more than 100,000 successful electronic votes were recorded within the first two hours of the voting process.
In June 2014, its services to many of its partners including Nigeria's most visited indigenous website Nairaland.com has been suspended and it learnt it will not be restored until 30 June 2014.
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