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Network engineer at Ufinet
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Top 10
Traces and manages applications and monitors traffic; easy to set up and scale, and has knowledgeable technical support
Pros and Cons
  • "What I like best about Cloudflare is that my company can use it to trace and manage applications and monitor traffic. The solution tells you if there's a spike in traffic. Cloudflare also sends you a link to check your equipment and deployment and track it through peering, so it's a valuable tool."
  • "It would be good if Cloudflare could have more servers for better traffic routing or an increase in the traffic routed. This is what I'd like to improve in Cloudflare."

What is our primary use case?

We monitor traffic on Cloudflare, and we have some applications that we download on Cloudflare. We have ten to twenty gigs per country.

Our customers are residential ISP customers with high traffic because of Google apps, Amazon network peering, and Direct TV, so we use Cloudflare for the customers. For example, we announce all traffic or customer traffic to the BDP station, and Cloudflare works by caching the content, and the servers send the content to our clients.

What is most valuable?

What I like best about Cloudflare is that my company can use it to trace and manage applications and monitor traffic. The solution tells you if there's a spike in traffic.

Cloudflare also sends you a link to check your equipment and deployment and track it through peering, so it's a valuable tool.

What needs improvement?

It would be good if Cloudflare could have more servers for better traffic routing or an increase in the traffic routed. This is what I'd like to improve in Cloudflare.

In the next release of Cloudflare, it would be good if it could give more information about applications, particularly which ones still need improvement.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Cloudflare is a stable solution. At first, my company had a graphics-related problem during the POC stage, but after that, my company didn't experience any issues with Cloudflare. The Cloudflare connection is stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Cloudflare is a scalable solution. The process to scale it is clear, and the Cloudflare team will contact you to check if you want to scale up.

How are customer service and support?

The technical support for Cloudflare is good because the team is knowledgeable about the connection, standard, special configurations, etc. My team had no problems double-checking configurations with the Cloudflare technical support team.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We didn't use a different solution apart from Cloudflare.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup for Cloudflare is easy because you only have to connect it to your private cloud based on your requirements. I didn't experience any issues connecting the tool.

In my company, deploying Cloudflare required a lot of equipment, so it took four to five days to complete the deployment, but there was no problem with the process.

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

In terms of licensing costs, we don't pay for licensing for Cloudflare. We only establish communication, then for peering, Cloudflare takes care of the cross-connection in different data centers.

What other advice do I have?

My company has different computing tools in Colombia, Miami, South America, Brazil, and Chile, such as Akamai, Cloudflare, CDN, and Google Playbook.

I have hands-on experience with Akamai, Twitch, and Cloudflare.

My company is a Cloudflare customer.

Three engineers handle the deployment and maintenance of Cloudflare within my company. The NOC team monitors the cluster, and if there's any issue, my team checks the port, and the engineers review the patch to see if it's okay. If the problem remains, my team escalates to the Operations team responsible for looking into the issue more closely. Within two hours, the Operations team contacts my team about the resolution.

I'd recommend Cloudflare to other companies because it helps monitor traffic.

My rating for Cloudflare is a ten out of ten because it's a helpful tool, and I didn't find anything wrong with it.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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