San Francisco-based web performance and security company, CloudFlare, just opened a new data center in Toronto to improve performance in Canada.
This comes on the heels of its recent launch of Railgun, web optimization software designed to speed up the delivery of content that cannot be cached, reducing bandwidth used and improving download times—what used to take 200 packets to deliver now takes just one and cost savings are astronomical, the company says.
CloudFlare has deep Canadian DNA, as co-founder Michelle Zatlyn grew up in Saskatchewan, attended McGill University, and then began her career in Toronto. Zatlyn is also a C100 Charter Member.
“Canada is number seven in terms of traffic through CloudFlare,” says Zatlyn. “So it was only a matter of time before we opened a facility there.”
The new data center in Toronto is just one of the many on CloudFlare’s roadmap which includes five more in short order. The startup has raised more than $20 million in funding from NEA, Venrock, and Pelion Ventures.
According to Zatlyn, CloudFlare sees more traffic than Amazon, Wikipedia, Zynga, Instagram, AOL and Twitter combined. And CloudFlare-powered websites see a significant improvement in performance and a decrease in spam and other attacks, she says.