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Welcome to Developer Week 2024

Post Syndicated from Rita Kozlov original https://blog.cloudflare.com/welcome-to-developer-week-2024

It’s time to ship. For us (that’s what Innovation Weeks are all about!), and also for our developers.

Shipping itself is always fun, but getting there is not always easy. Bringing something from idea to life requires many stars to align. That’s what this week is all about — helping developers, including the two million developers already building on our platform, bring their ideas to life.

The full-stack cloud

Building applications requires assembling many different components.

The frontend, the face of the application, must be intuitive, responsive, and visually appealing to engage users effectively. Behind the scenes, you need a backend to handle data processing, storage, and retrieval, ensuring smooth functionality and performance. On top of all that, in the past year AI has entered the chat, so to speak, and increasingly every application requires an element of AI, making it a crucial part of the stack.

The job of a good platform is to provide all these components, and any others you will need, to you, the developer.

Just as there’s nothing more frustrating than coming home from the grocery store and realizing you left out an ingredient, realizing a platform is missing a major component or piece of functionality is no different.

We view providing the tooling that developers need as a critical part of our job as a platform, which is why with every Developer Week, we make it our mission to provide you with more and more pieces you may need. This week is no different — you can expect us to announce more tools and primitives from the frontend to backend to AI.

However, our job doesn’t stop there. If a good platform provides the components, a great platform goes a step further than that.

The job of a great platform is not only to provide the components, but make sure they play well with each other in a way that makes your job as a developer easier. Our vision for the developer platform is exactly that: to anticipate not just the tools you need but also think about how they work with each other, and how they integrate into your development flow.

This week, you will see announcements and deep dives that expound on our vision for an integrated platform: pulling back the curtain on the way we expose services in Workers through bindings for an integrated developer experience, talking about our vision for a unified data platform, updating you on framework support, and more.

The connectivity cloud

While we’re excited for you to build on us as much as possible, we also realize that development projects are rarely greenfield. If you’ve been at this for a long time, chances are a large portion of your application already lives somewhere, whether on another cloud, or on-prem.

That’s why we’re constantly making it easier for you to connect to existing infrastructure or other providers, and working hard to make sure you can still reap the benefits of building on Cloudflare by making your application feel fast and global, regardless of where your backend is.

And vice versa, if your data is on us, but you need to access it from other providers, it’s not our job to keep it hostage in a captivity cloud by charging a tariff for egress.

The experimentation cloud

Before you start assembling components, or even coming up with a plan or a spec for it, there’s an important but overlooked step to the development process — experimentation.

Experimentation can take many forms. Experimentation can be in the form of prototyping an MVP before you spend months developing a product or a feature. If you’ve found yourself rewriting your entire personal website just to try out a new tool or framework, that’s also experimentation.

It’s easy to overlook experimentation as a part of the process, but innovation doesn’t happen without it, which is why it’s something we always want to encourage and support as a part of our platform.

That’s why offering a generous free tier is something that’s been a part of our DNA since the very beginning, and something you can expect to forever be a staple of our platform.

The demo to production cloud

Alright, you’ve got all the tools you need, you’ve had a chance to experiment, and at some point… it’s time to ship.

Shipping is exciting, but shipping is also vulnerable and scary. You’re exposing the thing you’ve been working hard on to the world to criticize. You’re exposing your code to a world of untested edge cases and abuse. You’re exposing your colleagues who are on call to the possibility of getting paged at 1 AM due to the code you released.

Of course, the wrong answer is not shipping.

The right answer is having a platform that supports you and holds your hand through the scary parts. This means a platform that can seamlessly scale from zero to sixty. A platform gives you the tools to test your code, and release it gradually to the world to help you gain confidence. Or a platform provides the observability you need when you are trying to figure out what’s gone wrong at 1 AM.

That’s why this week, you can look forward to some announcements from us that we hope will help you sleep better.

The demo to production cloud — for inference

We talked about some of the scary parts of deploying to production, and while all these apply to AI as well, building AI applications today, especially in production, presents its own unique set of challenges.

Almost every day you see a new AI demo go viral — from Sora to Devin, it’s easy and inspiring to imagine our world completely changed by AI. But if you’ve started actually playing with and implementing AI use cases, you know the harsh reality of making AI truly work. It requires a lot of trial and error to get the results you want — choosing a model, RAG, fine-tuning…

And that’s before you even go to production.

That’s when you encounter the real challenge — provisioning enough capacity to stay up, without over-provisioning and overpaying. This is the exact challenge we set out to solve from the early days of Workers — helping developers not worry about infrastructure, just the application they want to build.

With the recent rise of AI, we’ve noticed many of these challenges return. Thankfully, managing loads and infrastructure is what we’re good at here at Cloudflare. It’s what we’ve had practice at for over a decade of running our platform. It’s all just one giant scheduler.

Our vision for our AI platform is to help solve the exact challenges in deploying AI workloads that we’ve been helping developers solve for, well, any other type of workload. Whether you’re deploying directly on us with Workers AI, or another provider, we’ll help provide the tools you need to access the models you need, without overpaying for idle compute.

Don’t worry, it’s all going to be fine.

So what can you expect this week?

No one in my family can keep a secret — my sister cannot get me a birthday present without spoiling it the week before. For me, the anticipation and the look of surprise is part of the fun! My coworkers seem to have clued into this.

While I won’t give away too much, we’ve already teased out a few things last week (you can find some hints here, here and here), as well as in this blog post if you read closely (because as it turns out, I too, can’t help myself).

See you tomorrow!

Our series of announcements starts on Monday, April 1st. We look forward to sharing them with you here on our blog, and discussing them with you on Discord and X.

Birthday Week recap: everything we announced — plus an AI-powered opportunity for startups

Post Syndicated from Dina Kozlov original http://blog.cloudflare.com/birthday-week-2023-wrap-up/

Birthday Week recap: everything we announced — plus an AI-powered opportunity for startups

Birthday Week recap: everything we announced — plus an AI-powered opportunity for startups

This year, Cloudflare officially became a teenager, turning 13 years old. We celebrated this milestone with a series of announcements that benefit both our customers and the Internet community.

From developing applications in the age of AI to securing against the most advanced attacks that are yet to come, Cloudflare is proud to provide the tools that help our customers stay one step ahead.

We hope you’ve had a great time following along and for anyone looking for a recap of everything we launched this week, here it is:



In a sentence…

Switching to Cloudflare can cut emissions by up to 96%

Switching enterprise network services from on-prem to Cloudflare can cut related carbon emissions by up to 96%. 

Cloudflare Trace

Use Cloudflare Trace to see which rules and settings are invoked when an HTTP request for your site goes through our network. 

Cloudflare Fonts

Introducing Cloudflare Fonts. Enhance privacy and performance for websites using Google Fonts by loading fonts directly from the Cloudflare network. 

How Cloudflare intelligently routes traffic

Technical deep dive that explains how Cloudflare uses machine learning to intelligently route traffic through our vast network. 

Low Latency Live Streaming

Cloudflare Stream’s LL-HLS support is now in open beta. You can deliver video to your audience faster, reducing the latency a viewer may experience on their player to as little as 3 seconds. 

Account permissions for all

Cloudflare account permissions are now available to all customers, not just Enterprise. In addition, we’ll show you how you can use them and best practices. 

Incident Alerts

Customers can subscribe to Cloudflare Incident Alerts and choose when to get notified based on affected products and level of impact. 



In a sentence…

Welcome to the connectivity cloud

Cloudflare is the world’s first connectivity cloud — the modern way to connect and protect your cloud, networks, applications and users. 

Amazon’s $2bn IPv4 tax — and how you can avoid paying it 

Amazon will begin taxing their customers $43 for IPv4 addresses, so Cloudflare will give those \$43 back in the form of credits to bypass that tax. 


Minimize egress fees by using Sippy to incrementally migrate your data from AWS to R2. 

Cloudflare Images

All Image Resizing features will be available under Cloudflare Images and we’re simplifying pricing to make it more predictable and reliable.  

Traffic anomalies and notifications with Cloudflare Radar

Cloudflare Radar will be publishing anomalous traffic events for countries and Autonomous Systems (ASes).

Detecting Internet outages

Deep dive into how Cloudflare detects Internet outages, the challenges that come with it, and our approach to overcome these problems. 



In a sentence…

The best place on Region: Earth for inference

Now available: Workers AI, a serverless GPU cloud for AI, Vectorize so you can build your own vector databases, and AI Gateway to help manage costs and observability of your AI applications. 

Cloudflare delivers the best infrastructure for next-gen AI applications, supported by partnerships with NVIDIA, Microsoft, Hugging Face, Databricks, and Meta.

Workers AI 

Launching Workers AI — AI inference as a service platform, empowering developers to run AI models with just a few lines of code, all powered by our global network of GPUs. 

Partnering with Hugging Face 

Cloudflare is partnering with Hugging Face to make AI models more accessible and affordable to users. 


Cloudflare’s vector database, designed to allow engineers to build full-stack, AI-powered applications entirely on Cloudflare's global network — available in Beta. 

AI Gateway

AI Gateway helps developers have greater control and visibility in their AI apps, so that you can focus on building without worrying about observability, reliability, and scaling. AI Gateway handles the things that nearly all AI applications need, saving you engineering time so you can focus on what you're building.


You can now use WebGPU in Cloudflare Workers

Developers can now use WebGPU in Cloudflare Workers. Learn more about why WebGPUs are important, why we’re offering them to customers, and what’s next. 

What AI companies are building with Cloudflare

Many AI companies are using Cloudflare to build next generation applications. Learn more about what they’re building and how Cloudflare is helping them on their journey. 

Writing poems using LLama 2 on Workers AI

Want to write a poem using AI? Learn how to run your own AI chatbot in 14 lines of code, running on Cloudflare’s global network. 



In a sentence…


Cloudflare launches a new product, Hyperdrive, that makes existing regional databases much faster by dramatically speeding up queries that are made from Cloudflare Workers.

D1 Open Beta

D1 is now in open beta, and the theme is “scale”: with higher per-database storage limits and the ability to create more databases, we’re unlocking the ability for developers to build production-scale applications on D1.

Pages Build Caching

Build cache is a feature designed to reduce your build times by caching and reusing previously computed project components — now available in Beta. 

Running serverless Puppeteer with Workers and Durable Objects

Introducing the Browser Rendering API, which enables developers to utilize the Puppeteer browser automation library within Workers, eliminating the need for serverless browser automation system setup and maintenance

Cloudflare partners with Microsoft to power their Edge Secure Network

We partnered with Microsoft Edge to provide a fast and secure VPN, right in the browser. Users don’t have to install anything new or understand complex concepts to get the latest in network-level privacy: Edge Secure Network VPN is available on the latest consumer version of Microsoft Edge in most markets, and automatically comes with 5GB of data. 

Re-introducing the Cloudflare Workers playground

We are revamping the playground that demonstrates the power of Workers, along with new development tooling, and the ability to share your playground code and deploy instantly to Cloudflare’s global network

Cloudflare integrations marketplace expands

Introducing the newest additions to Cloudflare’s Integration Marketplace. Now available: Sentry, Momento and Turso. 

A Socket API that works across Javascript runtimes — announcing WinterCG spec and polyfill for connect()

Engineers from Cloudflare and Vercel have published a draft specification of the connect() sockets API for review by the community, along with a Node.js compatible polyfill for the connect() API that developers can start using.

New Workers pricing

Announcing new pricing for Cloudflare Workers, where you are billed based on CPU time, and never for the idle time that your Worker spends waiting on network requests and other I/O.



In a sentence…

Post Quantum Cryptography goes GA 

Cloudflare is rolling out post-quantum cryptography support to customers, services, and internal systems to proactively protect against advanced attacks. 

Encrypted Client Hello

Announcing a contribution that helps improve privacy for everyone on the Internet. Encrypted Client Hello, a new standard that prevents networks from snooping on which websites a user is visiting, is now available on all Cloudflare plans. 

Email Retro Scan 

Cloudflare customers can now scan messages within their Office 365 Inboxes for threats. The Retro Scan will let you look back seven days to see what threats your current email security tool has missed. 

Turnstile is Generally Available

Turnstile, Cloudflare’s CAPTCHA replacement, is now generally available and available for free to everyone and includes unlimited use. 

AI crawler bots

Any Cloudflare user, on any plan, can choose specific categories of bots that they want to allow or block, including AI crawlers. We are also recommending a new standard to robots.txt that will make it easier for websites to clearly direct how AI bots can and can’t crawl.

Detecting zero-days before zero-day

Deep dive into Cloudflare’s approach and ongoing research into detecting novel web attack vectors in our WAF before they are seen by a security researcher. 

Privacy Preserving Metrics

Deep dive into the fundamental concepts behind the Distributed Aggregation Protocol (DAP) protocol with examples on how we’ve implemented it into Daphne, our open source aggregator server. 

Post-quantum cryptography to origin

We are rolling out post-quantum cryptography support for outbound connections to origins and Cloudflare Workers fetch() calls. Learn more about what we enabled, how we rolled it out in a safe manner, and how you can add support to your origin server today. 

Network performance update

Cloudflare’s updated benchmark results regarding network performance plus a dive into the tools and processes that we use to monitor and improve our network performance. 

One More Thing

Birthday Week recap: everything we announced — plus an AI-powered opportunity for startups

When Cloudflare turned 12 last year, we announced the Workers Launchpad Funding Program – you can think of it like a startup accelerator program for companies building on Cloudlare’s Developer Platform, with no restrictions on your size, stage, or geography.

A refresher on how the Launchpad works: Each quarter, we admit a group of startups who then get access to a wide range of technical advice, mentorship, and fundraising opportunities. That includes our Founders Bootcamp, Open Office Hours with our Solution Architects, and Demo Day. Those who are ready to fundraise will also be connected to our community of 40+ leading global Venture Capital firms.

In exchange, we just ask for your honest feedback. We want to know what works, what doesn’t and what you need us to build for you. We don’t ask for a stake in your company, and we don’t ask you to pay to be a part of the program.

Over the past year, we’ve received applications from nearly 60 different countries. We’ve had a chance to work closely with 50 amazing early and growth-stage startups admitted into the first two cohorts, and have grown our VC partner community to 40+ firms and more than $2 billion in potential investments in startups building on Cloudflare.

Next up: Cohort #3! Between recently wrapping up Cohort #2 (check out their Demo Day!), celebrating the Launchpad’s 1st birthday, and the heaps of announcements we made last week, we thought that everyone could use a little extra time to catch up on all the news – which is why we are extending the deadline for Cohort #3 a few weeks to October 13, 2023. AND we’re reserving 5 spots in the class for those who are already using any of last Wednesday’s AI announcements. Just be sure to mention what you’re using in your application.

So once you’ve had a chance to check out the announcements and pour yourself a cup of coffee, check out the Workers Launchpad. Applying is a breeze — you’ll be done long before your coffee gets cold.

Until next time

That’s all for Birthday Week 2023. We hope you enjoyed the ride, and we’ll see you at our next innovation week!

Welcome to connectivity cloud: the modern way to connect and protect your clouds, networks, applications and users

Post Syndicated from Jen Taylor original http://blog.cloudflare.com/welcome-to-connectivity-cloud/

Welcome to connectivity cloud: the modern way to connect and protect your clouds, networks, applications and users

Welcome to connectivity cloud: the modern way to connect and protect your clouds, networks, applications and users

The best part of our job is the time we spend talking to Cloudflare customers. We always learn something new and interesting about their IT and security challenges.

In recent years, something about those conversations has changed. More and more, the biggest challenge customers tell us about isn’t something that’s easy to define. And it’s definitely not something you can address with an individual product or feature.

Rather, what we’re hearing from IT and security teams is that they are losing control of their digital environment.

This loss of control comes in a few flavors. They might express hesitance about adopting a new capability they know they need, because of compatibility concerns. Or maybe they’ll talk about how much time and effort it takes to make relatively simple changes, and how those changes take time away from more impactful work. If we had to sum the feeling up, it would be something like, “No matter how large my team or budget, it’s never enough to fully connect and protect the business.”

Does any of this feel familiar? If so, let us tell you that you are far from alone.

Welcome to connectivity cloud: the modern way to connect and protect your clouds, networks, applications and users

Reasons for loss of control

The rate of change in IT and security is accelerating, bringing with it dreaded complexity. IT and security teams are responsible for a wider variety of technological domains than they were in years past. Recent research from Forrester confirms these shifts: of teams responsible for securing in-office, remote, and hybrid workers, 52% only took that on in the past five years. Meanwhile, 46% gained responsibility for managing and securing public cloud applications in that time, and 53% were handed the thorny issue of regulatory compliance.

IT and security teams have been handed a monumental challenge: connect remote teams, on-premises teams and infrastructure, multiple cloud environments, SaaS apps, and more, so they function like a single, secure environment. But doing so is difficult for multiple reasons:

  • In most businesses, proprietary infrastructure, unique compliance needs, and semi-compatible processes and configurations make it hard to connect clouds, SaaS apps, web apps, and on-prem infrastructure. Those domains simply weren’t built to work together easily and securely.
  • Conway’s Law tells us that systems tend to match the communication structure of their organization. And, through no fault of their own, many IT and security teams are quite siloed.

The circumstances are often ripe for IT and security to get bogged down with workarounds and tangled interdependencies.

Luckily, we’ve found a way forward.

Welcome to connectivity cloud: the modern way to connect and protect your clouds, networks, applications and users

Welcome to the connectivity cloud

Frequently, an important part of customer conversations is being able to read between the lines. When customers speak about loss of control, they seem to be quietly wishing for something they think doesn’t exist. What they want is a connective tissue for everything IT and security are responsible for — something that reduces complexity by working with everything in the environment, being available everywhere, and performing whatever security, networking, and development functions are needed.

Further research confirmed our suspicions. Surveys of IT and security leaders indicate that 72% would highly value a secure “any-to-any” cloud platform. And they said they would invest an average of 16% of their entire IT and security budget in such a platform.

That got us to thinking — what exactly would that sort of cloud platform look like? How would it accomplish everything it had to?

We’ve got answers to share: a connectivity cloud.

A connectivity cloud is a new approach for delivering the many services companies need to secure and connect their digital environment. It’s a unified, intelligent, platform of programmable cloud-native services that enable any-to-any connectivity between all networks (enterprise and internet), cloud environments, applications and users. It includes a huge array of security, performance, and developer services — not with an eye to replace everything everywhere, but with the ability to fit in wherever needed and consolidate many critical services onto a single platform.

A connectivity cloud is built around four fundamental principles.

  1. Deep integration — Organizations rely on the Internet to connect various elements of their digital environment with their workers, partners and customers. A connectivity cloud is integrated natively with the Internet and with enterprise networks, offering secure, low-latency, infinitely scalable connectivity between every user, application, and infrastructure. It’s as fast and straightforward as the Internet at its best, without the risk or uncertainty.
  2. Programmability — Every enterprise digital environment has proprietary infrastructure, multiple clouds, unique compliance needs, and other highly specific tooling, processes, and configurations. A connectivity cloud’s architecture provides limitless interoperability and customizable networking, letting it adapt to those unique needs while still providing consistent user experiences and efficient management.
  3. Platform intelligence — Organizations need a wide variety of services to connect and secure everything in their digital environment. But integrating everything is onerous, and trying to manage it all causes inefficiency and security gaps. A well-architected connectivity cloud has a wide range of services built in at a foundational level, and analyzes extremely high volumes and varieties of traffic in order to automatically update intelligence models.
  4. Simplicity — Too many IT and security services means too many dashboards, leading to inefficiency, poor visibility, and alert fatigue. While 100% consolidation onto one platform isn’t the answer, a connectivity cloud greatly reduces tool sprawl and dashboard overload by managing much more of the IT environment from a single pane of glass.

With these qualities, the connectivity cloud lets you add new services to your digital environment without losing even more control — and also helps restore control to what you’ve already got.

Welcome to connectivity cloud: the modern way to connect and protect your clouds, networks, applications and users

Cloudflare’s connectivity cloud

We’ll admit we’re predisposed to find those four qualities particularly important. From our earliest days, we’ve built our services based on the principles of integration, programmability, platform intelligence, and simplicity. And now, our overall portfolio is comprehensive enough to help customers achieve these benefits when tackling a huge array of security and IT needs.

Because of this approach, we’re proud to say that Cloudflare is the world’s first connectivity cloud.

But don’t take our word for it. Here are a few examples of customers that have used Cloudflare to help resolve their own crises of control:

Conrad Electric: Secure access for a global distributed workforce

A connectivity cloud’s programmability, deep network integration, and built-in intelligence make it ideal for delivering secure access to corporate resources.

The electronics retailer Conrad Electronic told us, “Just keeping people online created a series of administrative bottlenecks.” Nearly half of their 2,300 employees need to access corporate applications remotely. Enabling that access was burdensome: they had to deploy and configure VPN clients for each user.

Conrad Electronic now uses Cloudflare’s connectivity cloud to provide secure remote access to hundreds of corporate applications. Their management burden is significantly lower, with their team telling us they now have much more time per month to devote to improving their web operations. What’s more, their security posture is stronger: “We can restrict specific individuals or secure sensitive areas with a mouse click. Not having to maintain 1,000 VPN profiles improves our security and saves us time and money.”

Carrefour: Deliver and manage trusted customer-facing applications

A connectivity cloud’s threat intelligence, network integration, and unified interface also make it excellent at closing securing gaps and enabling secure application delivery on a global scale.

The multinational retail and wholesaling company Carrefour has a thriving and rapidly growing ecommerce presence. However, when cyber attacks ramped up, simply growing their security stack didn’t help. As their security team told us, “The interlacing of multiple tools complicated coordination and control of the architecture…additionally, the lack of integration across tools made investigating and resolving security and performance issues a complex and time-consuming effort.”

As part of their broader security transformation, they adopted Cloudflare’s connectivity cloud to prevent web exploits, zero-day threats, and malicious bot attacks. Doing so allowed them to replace five security tools from different vendors. And since then, they’ve reduced their incident resolution time by 75%.

Canva: Build innovative applications

Finally, a connectivity cloud’s programmability and network integration help it power innovative development in almost any context.

The global design juggernaut Canva is one example. Previously, they used a variety of developer platforms to run custom code at the network edge. But they found those services too time-consuming to use, and ran into limitations that held their innovation back.

Cloudflare’s connectivity cloud has become “a critical part of our software” They use the connectivity cloud’s developer services to build and run custom code, optimize page delivery for SEO, and time-limit content access. Recently, they told us “Thanks to Cloudflare, we can focus on growing our product and expanding into new markets with confidence, knowing that our platform is fast, reliable, and secure.”

What’s more, their experience has led to them also adopting Cloudflare’s for secure access and application delivery — a hugely gratifying example of a connectivity cloud operating at full power.

Learn more about the connectivity cloud

Customers are the inspiration for our innovation, and our connectivity cloud vision is no exception. We live to make things easier, faster, more secure and more connected – and it’s amazing to see how the connectivity cloud helps reduce complexity and increase security.

You can learn more about the connectivity cloud here — but we hope that’s just the beginning. Reach out to all of us at Cloudflare to ask questions and make suggestions — I look forward to continuing the conversation discovering ways we can continue to help customers on their secure, connected journey.

Welcome to connectivity cloud: the modern way to connect and protect your clouds, networks, applications and users