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Ryan Pellette
Consultant
Product Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Jan 18 2019

What is most valuable?

The dashboard is very well thought out, giving useful information and providing easy access to useful functionality I wasn't aware of.

How has it helped my organization?

Cloudflare has made management of my website much easier by combining various functions in one platform without compromising quality. There are also less dark UX patterns… more»

What needs improvement?

This is a very minor thing since I can't think of many ways for them to improve: It looks like they don't support as many TLDs as other registrars, but since they are very… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Cost for all services I have researched in Cloudflare is straightforward, and they don't include hidden fees. I'm not a heavy CDN user since I don't get much traffic, so I… more»

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I switched to Cloudflare from GoDaddy because Cloudflare promoted "at cost" domains.

What other advice do I have?

I encourage anyone interested in holistic internet service delivery solutions to check out Cloudflare. They have nice simple solutions that work well together, are easy to… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I've used various solutions like full hosting companies (Bluehost, iPage, etc.) and most recently GoDaddy. I also looked at Google domains and Namecheap.
BrahmanggiAditya
Real User
Technical Engineer at a tech services company
Apr 15 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature of Cloudflare is that it has a free version. They give us the free version with the anti-DDoS features and also the load balancing solution.

How has it helped my organization?

Cloudflare improved my organization because my servers used to have a lot of traffic. We put it on the public settings and now it's quite nice because there is no downtime, if there is a slow connection or a lot of web traffic.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We are still using the free version of Cloudflare. It is a yearly based plan.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

We used a previous combination of CloudFlare and a manual router with a load balancer. The solution that would be most comparable with CloudFlare based on my experience would be physical load balancing and cloud-based load balancing.

What other advice do I have?

In my experience, Cloudflare is a great solution. If they improve on the placement of their data centers, it would be better. I'm living in a remote area. I would like to connect to them without any kind of lag. I believe that Cloudflare is… more»
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Tch32Dr8392
Real User
Technical Director at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Apr 15 2018

What is most valuable?

Convenient Ease of deployment

How has it helped my organization?

Provides peace of mind. We do not have to do things over and over, or double check their work, or worry about what could have happened due to a potential DDOS attack, if we didn't have protection.

What needs improvement?

I think the APIs are a little bit hard for us to work with. The APIs could be more open so that we could integrate better with our SolarWinds or our monitoring solution. Also, the reporting can… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

I think the pricing is competitive. I think as far as licensing is concerned it's pretty straightforward because it's based on domain. It's just that sometimes domains could be tricky with some… more»

What other advice do I have?

My advice would be to review exactly what you need and talk to different people to understand the potential advantages and pitfalls of implementing these kinds of solutions. Then identify the right… more»

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We did review a couple of options, Tenable and a couple of others. We settled on Cloudflare because of price, support, and of course comfort in dealing with a vendor that was supporting us.
Real User
Senior Dev Ops Engineer at a tech services company with 501-1,000 employees
Apr 18 2018

What is most valuable?

Centralized, full-featured DNS.

How has it helped my organization?

I have not used it at my current organization, but in the past I have used it to bring enterprise-grade features to my small business clients at low or no cost.

What needs improvement?

Sometimes their more advanced caching tools can cause higher first-byte times and problems with JavaScript. They also lack a good way to manage DNS as a company, since… more»

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

You can get a lot out of the lower accounts.

If you previously used a different solution, which one did you use and why did you switch?

I have used a couple of different solutions like Incapsula, CloudFront, and Akamai, but for different projects, not before or after.

What other advice do I have?

This product is good for simple things, but you may need other tools for more fine-grained control of specific portions.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have used several in the space and I still use, Route 53, DynDNS, etc.
Marshall Malone
Real User
Senior SEO Strategist at a healthcare company with 201-500 employees
Apr 15 2018

What is most valuable?

The simplicity of the overall dashboard makes it a great product for a user like me who has less understanding of the internet than a developer or other more technical people. It gives me peace of mind. I also love the easy customization of the Page Rules.

How has it helped my organization?

I manage these websites independently within my organization and, with exception of a third-party vendor, I am the only one that has access to our Cloudflare account. It helps me ensure the sites are running optimally and securely.

What needs improvement?

I will say, in the years I have used Cloudflare, one thing I love is the constant improvements and developments being made. One area of improvement is in the Access Rules. Hypothetically, if we wanted to block or challenge traffic outside of the United States, the only way to currently do that (as… more»

What other advice do I have?

I would rate Cloudflare a nine out of 10. I haven’t used any other solutions that might compete with Cloudflare, so I am a bit biased, but for ease of use, features, and cost effectiveness, I think it’s a great solution.
Shane LeBlanc
Real User
IT Service Manager at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Sep 05 2018

What is most valuable?

* DNS * Round robin DNS * Load balancing * DDOS protection to protect us from botnets and attackers, as we are hosting sites in-house.

How has it helped my organization?

Cloudflare allows us to self-host services such as Rocket.Chat and Node-RED, in high-availability mode, thanks to round robin DNS which allows us to share one hostname between our two locations.

What needs improvement?

Cloudflare is one service that has been absent of any frustration when setting up or using. Perhaps I would ask that they improve the Free plan and allow us to use it with any TLD (certain ones are not allowed).

What other advice do I have?

I'd rate it a 10 out of 10. There is no service as mature as Cloudflare that is also as easy to use, reliable, and hosted from excellent infrastructure.
XiaofengLiu
Real User
User at bitmart
May 06 2019

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the access limiter. It allows you to control the number of request per minute.

How has it helped my organization?

This solution has improved the security of our organization.

What needs improvement?

The product support needs to be accessible from more places, a wider area of coverage. For example, there is no support in Taiwan.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

The licensing costs for this solution are on a yearly basis. There are no additional costs beyond the standard licensing fees.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated products from Capsula, and some security products in China.

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