Cloudflare Spectrum Debuts
April 12, 2018
Spectrum is a solution that extends Cloudflare's benefits beyond
web protocols to protect and accelerate email servers, gaming
servers, IoT devices, and anything else that connects to the
The Internet is more than just the web. Until now, Cloudflare
has used its global network to make anything on the
web-applications, APIs, and websites-faster and more secure.
With Spectrum, Cloudflare now protects and accelerates
everything else. Spectrum allows customers to put their email
servers, gaming servers, IoT devices, etc. behind Cloudflare to
protect them from DDoS attacks, no matter what protocol they are
Spectrum works by proxying traffic using any Internet protocol.
With Spectrum, Cloudflare is able to accelerate everything
across its global network of 150+ data centers and protect
anything connected to the Internet from attack.
"Cloudflare has always been focused on improving the Internet
experience for users around the world, but until now, we've only
protected and accelerated web protocols," said Matthew Prince,
co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare. "Spectrum represents a huge
step in helping to build a better Internet, as we open the power
of Cloudflare to protocols beyond the web."
The benefits of Spectrum include:
everything from DDoS attacks. Many critical services like email
and proprietary enterprise applications can now be protected
from large DDoS attacks that would otherwise make these
important services unreachable.
•Encryption of legacy protocols and applications. Many legacy
protocols used by enterprises still do not support encrypted
communications. With Spectrum, enterprises can send traffic over
an encrypted connection.
•Enhanced performance. Faster TLS, optimized network routing,
and high speed interconnection mean services behind Spectrum are
often faster than they were on the native Internet.
A number of customers are already using Spectrum:
"Hypixel was one of the first subjects of the Mirai botnet DDoS
attacks and frequently receives large attacks," said Bruce
Blair, CTO of Hypixel. "Before Spectrum, we had to rely on
unstable services and techniques that increased latency,
worsening the user experience. Now, we're able to be continually
protected without added latency, which makes it the best option
for any latency and uptime-sensitive service such as online
"We were looking for a security solution to protect additional
services like email and SSH so that if we are subject to attack,
our operations can continue to run reliably and securely," said
Paul Abramson, Director of Technology at Montecito Bank & Trust.
"We are happy to see Cloudflare launch Spectrum."