CloudFlare Optimized Partner
As a CloudFlare Optimized Partner, we are thrilled to be able to offer CloudFlare Railgun™ technology to all our customers. Railgun is CloudFlare’s latest performance optimisation technology that gives you significant improvements in site load times.
Municator is now showcased on the CloudFlare Partner website under the Optimized Partner listing, alongside industry heavyweights, such as Hostgator, Rackspace, 1&1 and Bluehost.
Railgun ensures that the connection between our network and the CloudFlare network is as fast as possible. Railgun achieves a 99.6% compression ratio for previously uncacheable web objects by using techniques similar to those used in the compression of high-quality video. The average website can expect a 1.43x performance increase.
When a request is made to a CloudFlare server for a web page that is not in cache CloudFlare makes an HTTP connection to the origin server to request the page. It’s that HTTP connection that Railgun accelerates and secures.
Even highly dynamic websites change slowly
Railgun works by recognizing that uncacheable web pages do not change very rapidly. Although the dynamic web is not cacheable, it is also not changing quickly. That means that from moment to moment there’s only a small change between versions of a page. CloudFlare Railgun uses this fact to achieve very high rates of compression. This is very similar to how video compression looks for changes from frame to frame; Railgun looks for changes on a page from download to download.
Railgun consists of two components: the sender and the listener. The sender is installed at every CloudFlare data centre around the world. The listener is a software component that Municator has installed on our dedicated servers on behalf of our customers.
The sender and listener establish a permanent TCP connection that’s secured by TLS. This TCP connection is used for the Railgun protocol. It’s an all binary multiplexing protocol that allows multiple HTTP requests to be run simultaneously and asynchronously across the link. Or in other words, a persistent connection is opened between CloudFlare’s network and ours and eliminates the overhead of TCP.
Municator became an CloudFlare Certified Hosting Provider in March 2017 and, after becoming a CloudFlare Optimized Partner, have started to roll out the CloudFlare Railgun technology to our clients in September 2017.
We offer a range of digital services, built on a robust and secure infrastructure platform, now being bolstered by CloudFlare’s Railgun technology. Find out how we can add value to your business and help elevate your online presence.