Cloud-based Performance and Security for SaaS Providers

The SaaS market is expected to grow by 196% from 2016 to 2020.¹ As SaaS application growth continues to flourish and become a critical aspect of business’ infrastructure, security and performance remains top-of-mind for customers. Customers expect SaaS providers to protect their data, while providing a fast and highly-available experience.

Cloudflare offers a cloud-based performance and security solution for SaaS providers looking to protect and accelerate end customer experiences. In conjunction with Cloudflare’s Enterprise offering, SaaS providers have the option of easy-to-implement and fully managed TLS 1.3 deployments across their entire customer base.

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Benefits of Cloudflare for SaaS Providers

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Secure Customer Data

Secure customer data across all domains with one-click, fully managed, TLS 1.3 encryption


Improved Application Performance

Increase loading times by 2x with Cloudflare’s web optimizations and content delivery network (CDN).

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High Availability at Global Scale

Cloudflare’s network of 110 data centers across 50+ countries ensures enterprise-grade availability.

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API Compatible

Extend the performance and security benefits of Cloudflare to SaaS application APIs.

"Cloudflare’s solution just works. Their team accomplished all our requirements and customizations propagated near instantly. And, as an added bonus, their pricing is predictable and flat, regardless of how much our bandwidth usage grows."

Amanda Kleha

GM, Zendesk Online Business Unit

Key Results


improvement in global response time.


improvement in targeted content delivery time by utilizaing Cloudflare's cookie-based key caching.

Easy SSL for Customer Domains

Cloudflare’s SSL for SaaS offering allows SaaS providers to easily extend the security and performance benefits of Cloudflare’s network to customers’ custom or “vanity” hostnames. With a single API call, Cloudflare will provision individual SSL certificates for the custom hostname and be ready to serve traffic over HTTPS within a few minutes. No action is required on the SaaS provider’s customers’ behalf other than initially pointing their hostname in via CNAME, and renewals are handled automatically.

Enabling SSL brings additional trust for website visitors, improves customer SEO, and unlocks the modern HTTP/2 protocol, resulting in greater speed improvements and higher conversion rates.

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Making the Internet Work the Way It Should for Anything Online

Cloudflare speeds up and protects millions of websites, APIs, SaaS services, and other properties connected to the Internet. Our Anycast technology enables our benefits to scale with every server we add to our growing footprint of data centers.


Cloudflare is dedicated to enabling the best possible performance for our customers. Our global network speeds up and streamlines connections from visitors to their online destinations in a number of key ways:

  • CDN

    Moving content physically closer to visitors with our CDN is one of easiest way to improve the performance of your website and reduce load on your web servers.
  • Website Optimization

    Cloudflare lets you automatically enable the latest in web technologies. Our web optimization features cover everything from mobile image optimization to aggressive GZIP and HTTP/2.
  • DNS

    Cloudflare is one of the fastest managed DNS providers in the world. The same 110 data center network that powers our CDN dramatically speeds up domain resolution for your website’s visitors.
  • Load Balancing

    Cloudflare Load Balancing provides load balancing, geo-steering, monitoring and failover for your Internet facing infrastructure enhancing service availability.
  • SSL

    Modern SSL isn’t just for security—it can actually improve the performance of your website by leveraging features like OCSP stapling, session resumption, HTTP/2, and TLS 1.3.


As applications move to the cloud, their security needs to move with them. Cloudflare’s security services operate at the edge of the network, making it possible to identify and mitigate threats faster than on-premise solutions.

  • DDoS Protection

    Our enterprise-class DDoS protection network has 20 times more capacity than the largest DDoS attack ever recorded. Operating at the network edge, it protects against all forms of DDoS attacks.
  • WAF

    Our web application firewall benefits from the collective intelligence of our entire network. When we identify a new threat from one website, we can automatically block it from the other 6 million websites on our network.
  • Secure Registrar

    Registering your domain through Cloudflare is the most secure way to protect your trademark from domain hijacking.
  • Dedicated SSL Certificates

    With a few clicks within the Cloudflare dashboard, you can easily and quickly issue new certificates, securely generate private keys and more. Dedicated SSL Certificates are available for purchase on all Cloudflare pricing plans.
  • Rate Limiting

    Rate Limiting gives you granular controls to detect bad traffic, customized rulesets to ensure that your legitimate visitors are not impacted, and insights to improve your security posture as attacks evolve.