@prayag.verma raises an interesting point that begs the question: is this just related to Australia / India regions or are there limitations placed on number of data centers utilized for folks using the Free plan?
I’m not trying to be cynical, just curious if there’s more information re: definition of “Global CDN” as it relates to Free vs. Paid plans.
I’m a firm believer in ‘you get what you pay for’ - and so far I’m paying zero and getting a lot - so thanks Cloudflare for that! However, perhaps more transparent indication to users that they’re not really getting everything out of Cloudflare on the Free plan is one (maybe rather nefarious) method of upselling…? I’m under the impression CDN is one of the top 3 reasons folks sign up for Cloudflare.
At the moment I don’t believe Argo alone changes the available POPs though this is an action/feature which is actively under discussion.
@andy I don’t disagree that it would be nice to have more insight into colos per plan, but that is somewhat of a moving target at the moment. It is feedback that I have passed on to several teams.
That being said I really can’t overstate how much effort is being made into both increasing the number of colos in these regions (and making new peering connections along with it) and increasing throughput and capacity in the existing colos. Our network expansion team updates us internally on a regular basis and I’ve sort of become numb to the staggering improvements they’ve made since I joined. I’ve been working in the SaaS field for 17+ years now and seriously the scale and speed which our team works at on improving and expanding the network is orders of magnitude beyond any company/ group I’ve ever worked with.
If you read about our latest POP brought online this week they mention ‘at least 10 others planned’ in the same region. I believe our plans in the regions we’ve been discussing here are at least as aggressive.
Sorry if I came off as crass - I do appreciate the rate of colo expansion Cloudflare is maintaining. It’s actually quite impressive to follow the blog and see a new one being brought online every few months or so. The effort required to ‘spin up’ a new datacenter is not lost on me, so rate of expansion is very cool, and solidifies the notion that Cloudflare intends to continue to make the internet better and faster for all
No not crass at all. I am entirely sympathetic to your request. I lack a decent mapping even internally (in part because it’s in flux so often) so I share your pain. I hope it becomes a non-issue in the very near future through expansion because we currently don’t do a good job of presenting the lay of the land.
It’s mid 2018 and still Free plan users are not benefited with serving from any of the 3 Cloudflare’s Indian POPs. Still my site is served from LHR (London) which is 7400KMS or 4500 miles away when requested from any Indian location
I’ve read through the above discussion that Indian POPs are offered to paid plan users. But how about Cloudflare serving content to Indian users (on free plan) from either:
Only 1 Indian location out of the 3
Or a nearest POP to India like: Singapore (SIN) or Hong Kong?
In the both the above scenarios the latency will be dramatically reduced and its better than serving from London!
Good news: We no longer have the limitations I described previously (as I said at the time, things are/were in flux). At this point all colos (except China POPs) are are available on all plans. Specific connections are based on the peering decisions by individual network providers.
Brother, thank you for the reply, I am from India and i have installed an extension in my google chrome browser name “Claire” it helps me to see which POP is getting used to route me. My server is in India and me too, But i am getting POP’s from Singapore.
I will ask few of my clients tomorrow and update/reply in this ticket. I will ask them to check that from where they are getting POP’s/Routed. I mean if they are from Sydney, Australia then are they getting routed from Sydney, Australia or Hong Kong or Singapore.
Thank you once again for helping us out in this community forms/tickets.
Bandwidth in Australia is expensive for Cloudflare, you can only use their Australian PoPs if you are on Business or Enterprise plan. You can complain about that to Australian ISPs, AFAIK Cloudflare can’t do anything about that until they have more affordable bandwidth from locla ISPs.