In addition to CloudFlare’s core Performance and Security capabilities, CloudFlare’s network service also includes Websockets support for all customers.
CloudFlare will accelerate your WebSockets app with a large global content delivery network, enhance reliability with DDoS protection and increase security with our IP and Web application firewall. Check out our plans page for more information.
What is WebSockets?
WebSockets represents a giant leap for real-time web applications with features like social feeds, multimedia chat, collaborative editing, multi-player gaming, stock updates, and more.
Standardized by the IETF as RFC 6455 in 2011, WebSockets is a protocol that provides full-duplex, bi-directional communications over a single TCP port.
Because WebSockets creates a single connection and doesn’t need multiple HTTP headers, WebSockets can provide anywhere from 500:1 to a 1000:1 reduction in unnecessary HTTP header traffic compared to HTTP polling solutions.
The server no longer needs to wait for a request to come back before it sends new data; it can simply push the data to the client the moment it has new information. Tests have shown a 3:1 reduction in latency compared to polling solutions.
For more technical information on the WebSockets, you can read up on the HTML5 Web Sockets Specification.
Protecting your mission critical real-time WebSocket applications
The ability to protect and accelerate WebSockets has been one of the most requested features from our customers.
CloudFlare offers real-time protection against attacks vulnerabilities including cross site scripting attacks, SQL injections, comment spam, excessive bot crawling, to email harvesters, and more. Learn more ›
We’ve built the next-generation global content delivery network that distributes your content around the world. Our proprietary software allows us to process millions of requests per second efficiently. Learn more ›
Modern denial-of-service attacks present complex and overwhelming security challenges. CloudFlare is provisioned at the network edge matching the sophistication and scale of such threats. Learn more ›
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