Whitepapers, Data Sheets, and Other Resources

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Enterprise Overview

This paper summarizes the benefits and features of Cloudflare's Enterprise plan.

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Leveraging DNS to Build Reliable Digital Experiences

A website is only as fast as its DNS, regardless of how it's built or where it's hosted. Learn DNS best practices that will make your site faster, more reliable, and resilient in the face of cyberattacks.

Cloudflare Content Delivery Network (CDN) whitepaper

Cloudflare provides a global content delivery network (CDN) with unique performance optimization capabilities. We've built a best-in-class, global infrastructure from the ground up using next-generation equipment. The result is a CDN that's easier to set up, more affordable, and built to outperform any legacy CDN on the market.

SSL for SaaS White Paper

The SaaS market is expected to grow by 196% from 2016 to 2020. As this growth continues, SaaS providers face increased competition in delivering secure and performant applications to customers. Underperforming applications and those vulnerable to attack will inevitably experience a negative impact on revenue, enduser engagement, brand reputation, and customer churn.

Beyond availability, SaaS customers expect that the applications they purchase are protected by SSL encryption and served from their own custom domain—rather than that of their provider.

Download our free guide to learn about the performance, security, and encryption demands of SaaS application customers and end visitors, including how to secure the transfer of customer data with an easy-to-implement and fully managed SSL solution for custom vanity domains.

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Cloudflare for Mobile Overview

By 2017, over 5 billion people will own a mobile device and over 80% of enterprise-managed devices will be mobile. Cloudflare empowers web businesses to deliver fast, secure, and device specific content for the mobile users.

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IPv6 Overview

Cloudflare enables IPv6 for customers on Cloudflare by default, making it seamless and easy. Our automatic IPv6 getaway allows IPv4only websites to support IPv6only clients with one click. No hardware. No software. No code changes.

Keyless SSL Datasheet

Keyless SSL lets sites use Cloudflare’s SSL service while retaining onpremise custody of their private keys. Companies are able to get all of the benefits of the cloud (DDoS attack mitigation, load balancing, WAN optimization), without having to choose between encrypting web traffic or giving their SSL private keys to a 3rd party cloud provider.

How Cloudflare’s Architecture can Scale to Stop the Largest Attacks

Cloudflare believes that architecture matters and that the only solution against massively distributed botnets is a massively distributed network. Cloudflare has based its service on this architectural approach, and while there are limits to any service, so far Cloudflare has not been impacted by any IoT botnet attack.

Cloudflare for Community Banks

The FFIEC requires banks to take a comprehensive approach to maintain the security and resilience of the technology infrastructure including the establishment of a robust cybersecurity framework. Cloudflare can help to protect critical financial systems against cyberattacks while achieving the regulatory compliance requirements set forth by the FFIEC.

Load Balancing with Cloudflare

Cloudflare Load Balancing safeguards your website, web app, or API from service disruptions with local and global traffic load balancing, geographic routing, server health checks, and failover, ensuring the continuous availability of critical resources.

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Intermediary Liability and Safeguarding Digital Innovation

Overview of intermediary liability protection regimes, from well-established principals to emerging voluntary initiatives, and Cloudflare's position in the debate.

Performance Whitepaper

There are many factors that impact the speed of your website. Some you have control over; others you do not. This paper examines the various factors that impact web performance, and the steps businesses can take to assess and improve the performance of their web properties.

The eCommerce Guide to Higher Profitability

Tactics and recommendations that retailers using Cloudflare have shared to improve the performance and security of their eCommerce platforms.

Securing Applications in the Cloud

To remain secure and “always-on” in an always-evolving threat landscape, companies need fast, easy-to-use, and scalable layered defense to protect against denial-of-service and data theft without compromising performance.

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Cloud Load Balancing: Achieving Application Availability, Performance and Security

The business impact of high latency and downtime for many businesses can run into the hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars very quickly. Primary causes for these business challenges include server capacity constraints, application failures, and inefficient routes. To thwart high latency and unavailability, organizations are turning to load balancing. This white paper concludes with a checklist of nine criteria that an organization needs to consider when evaluating load balancing solutions.

DDoS Protection with Rate Limiting

Cloudflare’s unique and modern distributed architecture is built to the scale of modern-day threats, and can be used to mitigate DDoS attacks of all forms and sizes.

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Web Application Firewall (WAF) Datasheet

Cloudflare's WAF stops attacks at the network edge, protecting your website from common web threats and specialized attacks before they reach your servers. It covers both desktop and mobile websites as well as applications.

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DDoS Attacks Whitepaper

Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks are on the rise and have evolved into complex and overwhelming security challenges. Cloudflare's advanced DDoS protection matches the sophistication and scale of such threats and can be used to mitigate DDoS attacks of all forms and sizes.

HTTPS Whitepaper

With recent developments in HTTPS technology, such as SPDY, sending requests over HTTPS can be faster than using regular HTTP. Also, the complicated operational issues associated with sending encrypted data can be handled by third parties like Cloudflare. It’s time for enterprises to take another look at securing their web traffic.

Cloudflare ecommerce presence for mobile consumer whitepaper

Mobile continues to become an even more critical ecommerce channel, and the retailers providing the best mobile experience will dominate the market. Download our white paper to learn how to eliminate issues with latency and threats from damaging DDoS attacks. Keep your site fast and available across all devices, especially during your most critical buying seasons.

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Policy Primer: The Encryption Conundrum

A policy primer on the evolution and forms of encryption, and its importance in modern day communications. Encryption raises certain public policy challenges and Cloudflare's position is addressed, along with a description of Cloudflare's encryption offering.

China Network Whitepaper

China is home to the world’s largest Internet population with 720 million people online. However, tapping into this market can be difficult with regulatory requirements, malicious attacks and Internet infrastructure challenges. To help customers overcome these hurdles and streamline the process of website optimization in China, Cloudflare has seamlessly extended its global performance and security network services into China.

Critical Considerations for SaaS Providers

SaaS solutions are now an integral component of business infrastructure, but SaaS providers are operating in an increasingly crowded marketplace. To differentiate themselves amidst this intense competition, SaaS providers must rapidly deliver their applications to market and provide end-users with flawless performance, continuous availability, cutting- edge features, and robust data security, all while keeping subscription prices affordable and internal operational costs low.

Media and Entertainment Whitepaper

As user expectations for speed, stream quality, and picture quality grow, performance becomes more and more crucial for growing media and entertainment companies. Here, we will go over why performance matters to your business, the underlying Internet technology that impacts performance, and how you can optimize the performance of your web properties, from improving page load times to offering picture-perfect streaming quality.