Users expect their mission-critical applications to be online and performant at all times. Application downtime is affected by three main factors:
While the dollar costs for downtime may vary by company size or industry, the severity of business impact is growing across all businesses. According to an IDC report in 2015, the average cost of infrastructure downtime is $100k per hour.1
Internet applications require the scale and resilience of global network infrastructure to combat spikes in traffic and unplanned downtime or outages. Performance and reliability services must incorporate security to stop new and sophisticated attacks, while ensuring fast onboarding and easy-to-configure functionalities that prevent downtime introduced by maintenance, outages, and misconfigurations.
Both expected and unexpected network congestion or overloaded infrastructure can degrade performance to a point where websites or applications stop responding.
Applications or individual origin servers can experience unplanned downtime and hard-to-troubleshoot outages, preventing visitors from accessing assets. Unplanned downtime includes hardware failures or system failures due to misconfiguration.
Assets can also go offline for reasons unrelated to the network, such as manual and error prone disaster recovery or in-house load balancing, resulting in often hard-to-troubleshoot outages involving expensive triage.
By protecting the origin from being overloaded and redirecting traffic around congested networks and away from failed servers to healthy origins, Cloudflare improves availability of applications.
Cloudflare's Performance and Security Services work in conjunction to reduce latency of web sites, mobile applications, and APIs end-to-end, while protecting against DDoS attack, abusive bots, and data breach.