CloudFlare taps Equinix in global expansion

Staff writer
23 Jul 2014

Equinix announced that CloudFlare has expanded its points of presence (PoPs) in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific through multiple Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers.

The expansion, which more than doubles CloudFlare’s footprint within Equinix’s data centers, is part of CloudFlare’s strategy to bolster its global presence, enhance security and optimize the performance of its cloud-based content delivery network.

In 2010, CloudFlare first deployed its network in Equinix’s Chicago, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C. data centers. Since that initial deployment, CloudFlare has established POPs in over 15 markets across North America, Asia and Europe.

By more than doubling its footprint across Platform Equinix, CloudFlare aims to keep pace with its growing customer base and the rise in Web traffic passing through its network, which has seen a more than 400 percent increase in the last year alone.

Mitigating distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks on CloudFlare’s servers is another driving force behind CloudFlare’s expansion. Leveraging Equinix’s global footprint, CloudFlare can more effectively absorb and disperse massive volumes of Web traffic associated with DDoS attacks to better ensure uptime.

With the need to process more than 300 billion page views every month for more than 1.5 million customers worldwide, CloudFlare depends upon Equinix’s globally dispersed network of more than 100 data centers, and the ability to establish closer proximity to its customers, to provide superior performance and quality of service, and to reduce latency.

Upon CloudFlare’s initial deployment with Equinix, 20% of the world’s population was geographically located 10 milliseconds away from the nearest CloudFlare data center. Today, after its global expansion, that figure has vaulted to 95 percent of the world’s population residing not more than 10 milliseconds away from a CloudFlare point of presence.


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