The Web Performance & Security Company CloudFlare yesterday announced that its next generation web optimization protocol, Railgun, is now free and one-click simple on 30 of the world’s largest hosting providers including VEXXHOST, MediaTemple, Softcloud Hosting, x10Hosting, Namecheap, 040hosting, A2 Hosting, DreamHost, BlueHost, CoreCommerce, FastDomain etc.
The company has also announced the release of Railgun 3.3.3 which has been tested on high-traffic sites and has run billions of requests in a number of different environments through the new protocol. To make the process of installing Railgun easy, CloudFlare has released RPMs for most the popular Linux and BSD variants including:
- Ubuntu 12.10
- Ubuntu 12.04
- Ubuntu 11.10
- Ubuntu 10.04
- FreeBSD 9
- FreeBSD 8
- CentOS 6
- CentOS 5
- Debian 6
With this news, Railgun has become the first to cache a site at the byte-level, resulting in much faster load times and better performance for websites. It allows highly dynamic content to load as fast as possible. Also, one can enable Railgun with a single click and without having to install any software or change any of code.
“CloudFlare’s mission is to build a faster, safer web,” says Mr. Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO, CloudFlare. “To further improve the performance of an increasingly dynamic, API-driven Internet, we needed to reinvent some of its 23-year-old protocols. Railgun goes beyond what traditional performance boosting technology has provided, making even highly dynamic content load faster than ever before.”
In addition to the hosting providers listed above, the company has also released packages for Rackspace and Amazon Web Services customers to install Railgun on their servers. “It’s this next-generation performance that was previously unthinkable. As you get more API calls, and the type of the content on the web becomes more personalized, it becomes more and more important,” says Michelle Zatlyn, co-founder, CloudFlare.