Timeline of Cloudflare
This is a timeline of Cloudflare, an American web infrastructure and website security company.
|Time period||Development summary|
|2011||Cloudflare reaches 100 billion page views.|
|2015||Cloudflare launches DNS, Web Security, and Web Performance. The company raises US$110 million from investors.|
|2016||Cloudflare launches Secure Registrar, Rate Limiting, and Load Balancing.|
|2017||Cloudflare launches unmettered DDoS mitigation, IoT security, video services, and intelligent routing.|
|2018||Cloudflare reaches 67,900 customers generating US$193 million in revenue. The company launches multi-protocol network performance and security, zero trust security, DNS resolver, and serverless platform.|
|2019||Cloudflare launches distributed storage, layer 3/4 DDos mitigation, bot mitigation, and announces virtual private network.|
|Year||Month and date||Event type||Details|
|2009||July||Founding||Cloudflare is founded by Matthew Prince, Lee Holloway, and Michelle Zatlyn.|
|2009||November||Financial||Cloudflare raises $2.1 million in a Series A round from Pelion Venture Partners and Venrock."|
|2010||September||Service launch||Cloudflare is launched at the September 2010 TechCrunch Disrupt conference.|
|2011||June||Controversy||Cloudflare receives media attention for providing security services to the website of LulzSec, a black hat hacking group.|
|2011||July||Financial||Cloudflare raises US$20 million in a Series B round from New Enterprise Associates, Pelion Venture Partners, Venrock.|
|2011||October||Recognition||The Wall Street Journal names Cloudflare the "Most Innovative Network & Internet Technology Company".|
|2012||June||Partnership||Cloudflare partners with various web hosts, including HostPapa, to implement its "Railgun" technology: a web protocol intended to improve performance.|
|2012||December||Financial||Cloudflare raises US$50 million in a Series C round from New Enterprise Associates, Pelion Venture Partners, Venrock, Union Square Ventures, and Greenspring Associates.|
|2012||October||Recognition||The Wall Street Journal names Cloudflare for a second time as the "Most Innovative Network & Internet Technology Company".|
|2012||Recognition||Cloudflare is recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer.|
|2012||Recognition||Fast Company ranks Cloudflare among the world's 10 most innovative companies.|
|2013||March||Cloudflare defends The Spamhaus Project from a DDoS attack that exceeds 300 Gbit/s. Akamai's chief architect states that at the time it is "the largest publicly announced DDoS attack in the history of the Internet".|
|2014||February||Security||Cloudflare mitigates the largest ever recorded DDoS attack, which peaks at 400 Gigabits per second against an undisclosed customer.|
|2014||February 24||Acquisition||Cloudflare acquires StopTheHacker, which offers malware detection, automatic malware removal, and reputation and blacklist monitoring.|
|2014||June 18||Acquisition||Cloudflare acquires CryptoSeal, which provides Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) as a service.|
|2014||November||Security||Cloudflare reports another massive DDoS attack with independent media sites being targeted at 500 Gbit/s.|
|2014||Program launch||Cloudflare introduces an effort called Project Galileo in response to cyberattacks against vulnerable online targets, such as artists, activists, journalists, and human rights groups. Project Galileo provides such groups with free services to protect their websites.|
|2014||December||Financial||Cloudflare raises US$110 million in a Series D round led by Fidelity Investments, with participation from CapitalG, Microsoft, Qualcomm, and Baidu.|
|2015||February||Recognition||Cloudflare is named "Best Enterprise Startup" by TechCrunch at the 8th Annual Crunchies Awards.|
|2015||March 10||Product||Cloudflare announces Virtual DNS, which provides DDoS mitigation and global distribution to DNS nameservers.|
|2015||October||Controversy||A report finds that Cloudflare provisioned 40% of SSL certificates used by phishing sites with deceptive domain names resembling those of banks and payment processors.|
|2015||November||Controversy||Hacktivist group Anonymous discourages the use of Cloudflare's services following the ISIL attacks in Paris and the renewed accusation that Cloudflare aids terrorists.|
|2016||February 22||Product||CloudFlare announces launch of its own domain name registrar service focused on security.|
|2016||September||Security||A major Cloudflare bug (nicknamed Cloudbleed) starts leaking sensitive data, including passwords and authentication tokens, from customer websites by sending extra data in response to web requests. The leaks result from a buffer overflow which occurred, according to analysis by Cloudflare, on approximately 1 in every 3,300,000 HTTP requests.|
|2016||September 16||Recognition||Forbes Cloud 100 ranks Cloudflare 11th on its list of top 100 cloud companies.|
|2016||September 29||Product||Cloudflare launches its Rate Limiting, which allows customers to rate limit, shape or block traffic based on the number of requests per second per IP, cookie, or authentication token.|
|2016||December 13||Acquisition||Cloudflare acquires Eager, which provides a free platform enabling non-technical website owners to install client-side plugins to improve their websites.|
|2017||January||Userbase||As of date Cloudflare provides DNS services to 12 million websites. adding approximately 20,000 new customers every day.|
|2017||August 6||Expulsion||Breaking with its long-standing policy of total content neutrality, Cloudflare ceases providing services to the neo-Nazi, white supremacist, and Holocaust denial commentary and message board website The Daily Stormer on August 16, 2017, in the aftermath of the fatal vehicular attack at the Charlottesville rally four days earlier. This dropps the website's protection against DDoS attacks, and soon thereafter attackers take down the website.|
|2017||November 14||Acquisition||Cloudflare acquires Neumob, a mobile VPN startup.|
|2018||April 1||Product||Cloudflare announces a 'privacy-first' consumer DNS service, hosted at IP addresses 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11. Alternatively, the service can be accessed via IPv6 at 2606:4700:4700::1111 and 2606:4700:4700::1001.|
|2018||November 1||Product||Cloudflare announces a mobile version of their 18.104.22.168 service for iOS and Android.|
|2019||March||Financial||Cloudflare raises US$150 million in a Series E round, led by Franklin Templeton Investments, with participation from New Enterprise Associates, Union Square Ventures, Venrock, Pelion Venture Partners, Greenspring Associates, CapitalG, Microsoft, Baidu, Qualcomm and Fidelity.|
|2019||April 1||Product||Cloudflare announces a new freemium Virtual Private Network service named Warp. The service would initially be available through the 22.214.171.124 mobile apps with a desktop app available later.|
|2019||June 21||Security||Cloudflare announces that users would be able to sync their computer's time securely with Cloudflare's Network Time Protocol (NTP) service. Cloudflare's time service would allow users to connect to their NTP server that supports Network Time Security (NTS), enabling users to obtain time in an authenticated manner.|
|2019||July||Cloudflare suffers a major outage, which renders more than 12 million websites (80% of all customers) unreachable for 27 minutes.|
|2019||August 15||Financial||Cloudflare submits its S-1 filing for IPO on the New York Stock Exchange under the stock ticker NET.|
|2019||August||Expulsion||Cloudflare terminates services to 8chan, an American imageboard, after the perpetrator of the 2019 El Paso shootings allegedly used the website to upload his manifesto.|
|2019||August||Personnel||As of date, Cloudflare has around 1,069 employees.|
|2019||September 11||Recognition||Forbes Cloud 100 ranks Cloudflare 11th on its list of top 100 cloud companies.|
|2019||Product||Cloudflare announces a new domain registrar service that promises to offer low-cost wholesale pricing and easy ways to enable DNSSEC.|
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