In a recent announcement, Web hosting global leader, 1&1 Internet, Inc., publicized that it has partnered with CloudFlare, a leading Content Delivery Network (CDN) developer and provider. The goal of the partnership is to improve overall website performance services to its clients. CloudFlare’s advanced technology has proven to decrease the latency time between end users and data centers thus improving overall speeds and reliability.
The partnership is expected to optimize performance for the clients while providing improved availability and security for websites hosted on its servers. For instance, a website creator can provide a near-flawless user experience, even if they are located across the globe.
Response from 1&1 Internet
CEO of Hosting for 1&1 Internet, Robert Hoffmann, noted that 1&1 has been eager to partner with CloudFlare to strengthen the hosting platform for both companies as well as website creators around the World. He further acknowledged that the collaboration will improve website experience and traffic while reducing the bounce rates. These are all tangible results that will be passed to the customer. Hoffmann concluded by stating that CloudFlare is currently developing new advanced CDN features that will be delivered to 1&1 within the next few months.
Response from CloudFlare
Co-founder and CEO of CloudFlare, Matthew Prince, stated that the company is thrilled to be collaborating with 1&1 Internet to bring their technology to millions of customers. He further noted that the partnership will provide all 1&1 customers with the ability to access improved security and global performance. The two teams have integrated the software while heavily considering usability so that clients will deliver quicker and safer websites with only a few clicks of the mouse.
With the addition of CloudFlare’s technology, 1&1 will offer packages that include Mirage and Railgun optimizations. The Mirage addition will automatically confirm the connection type and screen size that a site will be viewed upon to correctly analyze if the graphics are being properly displayed. As a result, the images will be optimized to the user’s display regardless of the medium.
The Railgun feature will enhance the connectivity and delivery speed of un-cached content that is being delivered from the Web. In the past, dynamic content was characterized as being un-cachable and thus requiring additional time and resources to load each graphic. Luckily, CloudFlare has developed this new technique to detect and provide incremental variations quickly. This will allow the delivery of websites to be much more responsive regardless of the visitor’s location.
1&1 Internet’s Packages
Currently, 1&1’s Web hosting packages begin at $0.99 per month. These unlimited and performance packages include the CDN powered by CloudFlare while customers with SSL are given the option to add-on the technology through their control panel.
The collaboration between these two technological powerhouses will greatly benefit the end-user. With speed, reliability and security improvements, the average website creator no longer needs to worry about the connectivity and can focus on the most important aspects of the website.