Cloudflare compared to MaxCDN

On this page you can find an overview of the features and pricing of Cloudflare and MaxCDN. We hope this helps you compare these two Content Delivery Networks. You can find additional tips that help you select the right CDN here.

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Fully supported Partially supported Additional costs Not supported Unknown
Features Cloudflare MaxCDN
PoPs 71 18
Purge All Fully supported Fully supported
Instant Purge Fully supported Fully supported
Control panel Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Push Not supported Fully supported
Origin Pull Fully supported Fully supported
Origin Shield Additional costs Additional costs
GZIP Compression Fully supported Fully supported
Custom Rules Fully supported Fully supported
HTTP/2 Protocol Fully supported Not supported
SPDY Protocol Fully supported Fully supported
Raw Access Logs Additional costs Fully supported
Real time statistics Additional costs Additional costs
Online signup Fully supported Fully supported
API Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management Purge, Statistics, Configuration Management
Custom CNAMEs Additional costs Fully supported
Shared SSL Certificates Fully supported Fully supported
Custom SSL Certificates Additional costs Additional costs
Wildcard SSL Certificates Not supported Additional costs
Support Email support (free), Phone support (Paid) Phone, Chat and Email support
Video On Demand (VoD) Not supported Fully supported
RTMP Streaming Not supported Fully supported
Multiple CDNs Not supported Not supported
CDN balancing tech Not supported Not supported
Storage Not supported Not supported

Pricing Cloudflare vs MaxCDN

Cloudflare MaxCDN
Global flat fee N/A N/A
NA/EU Traffic (low volume) N/A $0.06 per GB
NA/EU Traffic (high volume) N/A $0.03 per GB (310TB+)
APAC Traffic N/A $0.095 per GB
LATAM Traffic N/A N/A
Extra costs N/A N/A

CLOUDFLARE Description

Not to be confused with Amazon Cloudfront, CloudFlare is a San Francisco-based CDN provider founded in 2009.

The company offers a Free plan, which includes a CloudFlare issued SSL certificate. The features included in the Free plan are basic; more become available to Pro, Business and Enterprise customers.

CloudFlare, together with Akamai, Fastly, Highwinds, Level3 and EdgeCast, is part of the Google Cloud Platform CDN Interconnect program. As part of the collaboration, 30 CloudFlare points-of-presence (PoPs) are directly connected to the Google Cloud infrastructure. When a content request comes in from a Google Cloud origin it will route directly through the interconnect between both parties rather than through the public Internet. As a result, latency is reduced for origin requests. Clients using Google Cloud also receive a discount to their egress traffic.

CloudFlare serves, and has served notable brands such as Reddit, Ello, Cisco, Zendesk, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, OkCupid and eHarmony.

MAXCDN Description

MaxCDN is a Los Angeles-based CDN provider, founded in 2009. In 2013 the company re-branded their video on demand solution HDDN (High Definition Distribution Network), CloudCache and NetDNA products under a single MaxCDN banner.

jQuery and BootstrapCDN are hosted on the MaxCDN network, and the company supports Google’s SPDY.

Notable customers of MaxCDN include Kodak, Nissan, The Next Web, Forbes, WP Engine and WPBeginner, and BuySellAds. Some of these brands are no longer customer of MaxCDN at the time of writing.

MAXCDN Resellers

MaxCDN is resold by Warpcache. As a multi-CDN provider, Warpcache both sells a variety of CDNs in a single package, or separately depending on a client’s wishes. Get in touch here, for more information about MaxCDN, pricing and features.

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