Megaport Enables Customers with On-Demand Connectivity to Cloudflare

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Megaport Limited, a global Network as a Service (NaaS) provider, today announced direct access to Cloudflare’s global network for its customers on Megaport’s global Software Defined Network (SDN).

As a Cloudflare Network Interconnect (CNI) launch partner, Megaport’s connectivity services enable greater flexibility for customers to rapidly on-ramp onto Cloudflare’s global network.

They can establish a direct connection between their network and Cloudflare’s edge network using Megaport’s Virtual Cross Connects (VXC) for a reliable, high performing, and predictable
connection. Customers also can extend the security, performance, and reliability benefits of
Cloudflare to their Internet properties—whether they are deployed on-premises, in the public
cloud, or in a shared data centre. This secure, direct access enables rapid scaling, consistent
performance, and ease-of-use.
“At Cloudflare, we are constantly looking for ways to improve the security, performance, and
reliability of our customers’ networks and teams,” said John Graham-Cumming, Chief
Technology Officer of Cloudflare. “By partnering with Megaport, we are providing an additional
path for our customers to access our services in the location of their choice using the method
they prefer. Secure, private, reliable, and efficient software-defined network connectivity
between Cloudflare’s edge and our customers is another way we are helping to build a better
Internet.”
The combined presence of Cloudflare’s global network (which spans more than 200 cities in
over 100 countries, including 17 in mainland China) and Megaport (with over 700 enabled data
centres globally), makes it easier to protect networks from even more locations. The partnership
of Megaport and Cloudflare means customers can directly connect to Cloudflare’s network even
if they are not in the same data centre.
Phase one will provide direct access to Cloudflare’s network. This includes acceleration and
security services such as Cloudflare Magic Transit, DDoS protection, and security solutions.
Access will be available on three continents from 14 initial metro markets, with more locations
planned for the future. Megaport and Cloudflare have a history of collaboration, with Cloudflare
joining Megaport Internet Exchange (MegaIX) in 2014.
“Cloudflare and Megaport are driven to offer greater flexibility to our customers,” said
Matt- Simpson, Vice President, Cloud Services, Megaport. “In addition to accessing
Cloudflare’s network on Megaport’s global internet exchange service, customers can now
provision on-demand, secure connections through our Software Defined Network directly to
Cloudflare Network Interconnect on-ramps globally. With over 700 enabled data centres in
23 countries, Megaport extends the reach of CNI on-ramps to the locations where
enterprises house their critical IT infrastructure. Because Cloudflare’s network is
interconnected with our SDN, customers can point, click, and connect in real time. We’re
delighted to grow our partnership with Cloudflare and bring CNI to our services
ecosystem—allowing customers to build multi-service, securely-connected IT architectures
in a matter of minutes.”
Key Points:
● Megaport’s Network as a Service solution enables customers to directly and securely
connect and integrate between on-premises, cloud, and third-party application
environments with ease and choice.
● Customers can connect to Cloudflare’s global network from any of Megaport’s more than
700 enabled data centres in North America, Asia Pacific, and Europe.
● Establish and configure a private network interconnection to Cloudflare’s network in a
matter of minutes across Megaport’s SDN. Deployments complete in minutes, not days.
● Reduced hardware dependency means fewer capital expenses. Customers can privately
connect to Cloudflare’s network using Megaport’s platform, and replace on-premises
hardware with network functions delivered and billed as a service.
● Cloudflare provides a scalable, unified control plane to deliver security, performance,
and reliability for multi-cloud deployments. Enforce the same security policies across all
clouds, regardless of cloud vendor. Cloudflare provides multi-cloud load balancing,
distributing traffic across different clouds, and CDN caching in order to further reduce
latency with the advantage to lower egress charges from public cloud vendors.


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