CloudFlare, a well-known Internet performance & security company, & Baidu, China’s leading search engine, today announced a strategic partnership to launch the 1st-ever unified global platform to make Internet applications “fast, secure, & more intelligent in China & around the world.”
According to a press statement, the partnership joins together CloudFlare’s pioneering technology with Baidu’s extensive network across mainland China.
CloudFlare’s Cloud acceleration & security platform tries to transform the way SMBs & enterprises deploy services at the edge of their networks — disrupting the traditional model of on-premise appliance deployments. Leveraging CloudFlare’s international network outside of China, & Baidu’s network inside of China, any enterprise can rapidly & securely deploy Cloud-based firewall, load balancing, WAN optimization, distributed denial of service (DDoS) mitigation, Content delivery, & DNS services worldwide — without a single piece of hardware. In just the past day, CloudFlare has saved Chinese users more than 243 years of time that, prior to this partnership, would have been collectively spent waiting for Web Content to load.
“Baidu’s mission has always been to provide the best & most equitable way for people to find what they’re looking for. As people search for the content and services they want, they expect it to be fast and secure everywhere, all of the time,” said Ya-Qin Zhang, President of Baidu. “Our partnership with CloudFlare makes this possible, and is the first of its kind between a Chinese and American Internet company. Together, CloudFlare and Baidu have the opportunity to transform the Internet for the better in China and worldwide.”
“China is the world’s largest Online population with more than 650 million Internet users, and we are proud to partner with Baidu to make our technology available in China, as well as to extend services for our customers into the China market, ” said Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of CloudFlare. “With this partnership, CloudFlare has become the only unified network that can provide performance and security to the entire world’s Internet population.”
CloudFlare currently offers its services across a network of 62 points of presence around the world, including China. This partnership expands the global availability of CloudFlare across 17 points of presence in China — Qingdao, Fuzhou, Hengyang, Dongguan, Shenyang, Luoyang, Hangzhou, Jiaxing, Tianjin, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Langfang, Xian, Nanning, Zhengzhou, Shijiazhuang, & Foshan. The result is the 1st truly integrated, global platform to bring all of the performance & security advantages of CloudFlare’s technology to organizations & Internet users in China.
TechCrunch China & ChaseFuture, a Shanghai-based startup & platform for college & graduate school admissions are some of the early CloudFlare customers to enable the China network, announced the company. Qualifying CloudFlare customers will soon be able to enable the China network in their CloudFlare account with a click of a button. This will allow any CloudFlare customer to reduce the latency of their applications by over 200 milliseconds in China without any additional configuration changes.
“We’ve navigated what few have been able, a cooperation-based model that preserves the integrity and security of the two networks, as well as our customers,” said Joshua Motta, Head of Special Projects at CloudFlare. “Baidu operates all services within China, and CloudFlare outside of China, in accordance with all local laws and regulations.”
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