Cloudflare vs Quad9 comparison


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Categories and Ranking

Ranking in Managed DNS
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Ranking in other categories
CDN (1st), Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection (1st), Cloud Security Posture Management (CSPM) (11th)
Ranking in Managed DNS
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Internet Security (13th)

Mindshare comparison

As of July 2024, in the Managed DNS category, the mindshare of Cloudflare is 111.6%, up from 71.2% compared to the previous year. The mindshare of Quad9 is 15.0%, up from 14.4% compared to the previous year. It is calculated based on PeerSpot user engagement data.
Managed DNS
Unique Categories:
Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) Protection
Internet Security

Featured Reviews

Thiago Ribeiro - PeerSpot reviewer
Nov 9, 2022
Offer good protection, user-friendly, reliable, and easy to manage
We are partners with Cloudflare. Our organization supplies DDoS solutions, but exclusively at Layer 4. Because of our partnership with Cloudflare, we can now provide DDoS protection to our clients on both Layer 4 and Layer 7. If you don't want to spend too much time hosting your own DNS server or managing the domain, Cloudflare is a great way to rapidly get websites and services online. The free solution includes protection, and email security, and is very simple to use. It makes managing websites and publishing them on the internet much easier. I would rate Cloudflare DNS a ten out of ten.
Benoit Tellier - PeerSpot reviewer
Dec 11, 2023
No maintenance required, free service, but more free features would help
We were using Quad9 to prevent our users from accidentally landing on suspicious websites There's no reporting, but we're hoping that our users have been able to avoid malicious websites. The most valuable feature of Quad9 is that it is a free solution. Quad9 could improve by having any…

Quotes from Members

We asked business professionals to review the solutions they use. Here are some excerpts of what they said:


"I get a lot of value from Cloudflare's API because it enables you to build a separate environment inside the solution. You can create a domain for performing test requests before you move to the production environment and connect various domains."
"Cloudflare offers CDN and DDoS protection. We have the front end, API, and database in how you structure applications."
"There are key things that are used for our enterprise customers, such as Lambda and DNS."
"Easier http to https redirect using page rules"
"We're using dynamic components to build flexible pages to create and manage Git merge requests for code and reviews."
"The UI is good."
"Its most significant benefit to date is the speed with which it refreshes DNS records on the internet once you change it. If you are changing a website or registering a new record, it is very quick."
"The most valuable feature of Cloudflare DNS is its global reach and it is always evolving."
"The most valuable feature of Quad9 is that it is a free solution."
"Setting up Quad9 is straightforward if you know what you're doing, and it's easy to use overall."


"It should have easier documentation for the configuration. It's very technical and people who aren't technical should also be able to do the configuration."
"The tool needs to improve caching of servers. The product needs to include PFX certificate as well."
"Cloudflare could offer a better view or maybe dashboards of the main resources used in the client."
"The timing aspect can lead to it being considered overpriced. This is a particular concern we have with Cloudflare, as they may struggle with accurately detecting the client."
"The documentation could improve for Cloudflare DNS."
"An integrated SSO feature would be useful for Cloudflare DNS."
"Cloudflare's console should be made more user-friendly."
"The solution could work at being less expensive. It costs a lot to use it."
"Quad9 could improve by having more free features, such as custom DNS filtering."
"It used to work fine for all the devices, but it started to slow and become non-responsive. I would have to reload the page two or three times before all the pages loaded. With OpenDNS, I only need to load the page once."

Pricing and Cost Advice

"We are using the free tier of the solution."
"The price is reasonable."
"We are using the free version."
"The solution is expensive when compared to other products but offers unlimited bandwidth."
"The product's pricing is minimal compared to other products."
"The pricing for the service is reasonable, neither excessively cheap nor prohibitively expensive. It aligns well with the value of their solution."
"The pricing depends on the usage, but the cheapest would be around 5,000 USD a month."
"For Cloudflare, I recommend it heavily for small businesses with revenue under a couple of million dollars. Onboarding is easy, and they even have a free plan. This makes it simple for businesses in the $100,000-$500,000 range to try it out and see its value, allowing them to scale up their infrastructure as needed."
"The price of Quad9 is free."
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Questions from the Community

Which is the best DDoS protection solution for a big ISP for monitoring and mitigating?
Cloudflare. We are moving from Akamai prolexic to Cloudflare. Cloudflare anycast network outperforms Akamai static GRE tunnels. We have decreased site load times on Mobile 3G from 8 to 1,6 seconds ...
Which would you choose - Cloudflare DNS or Quad9?
Cloudflare DNS is a very fast, very reliable public DNS resolver. It is an enterprise-grade authoritative DNS service that offers great redundancy and advanced security with built-in unmetered and ...
What do you like most about Cloudflare?
Cloudflare offers CDN and DDoS protection. We have the front end, API, and database in how you structure applications.
What do you like most about Quad9?
Setting up Quad9 is straightforward if you know what you're doing, and it's easy to use overall.
What needs improvement with Quad9?
We've had performance problems with Quad9. It isn't responding fast enough.
What is your primary use case for Quad9?
Quad9 is a DNS filter, so it filters unwanted malware. It's one of the five layers of protection I use. I have a router with a firewall enabled plus DNS filtering. Each device has Norton 360 instal...



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