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Cloudflare and Oracle to eliminate data transfer fees, easing path to multi-cloud

by Reporter
11 November 2021 | 1 minute read

Cloudflare has announced that Oracle is joining the Bandwidth Alliance as the latest cloud provider committing to eliminate unnecessary data transfer fees.

Organisations that use both Cloudflare cyber security solutions and Oracle's cloud infrastructure will be able to automatically save money by avoiding the high data transfer fees charged by cloud providers outside of the Bandwidth Alliance.

Businesses deserve choice and fair pricing, but unfortunately certain vendors choose to lock in customers by making it prohibitively expensive to transfer data out, according to Matthew Prince, co-founder and CEO of Cloudflare.

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“We started the Bandwidth Alliance to counter this threat and work with others to pass bandwidth cost savings along to businesses. We applaud Oracle for joining the mission to bring businesses the benefits of vendor choice and lower egress fees,” Prince said.

The Bandwidth Alliance, launched in September 2018, is a group of forward-thinking cloud and networking companies committed to discounting or waiving data transfer fees (also known as egress fees) for shared customers.

The Bandwidth Alliance now includes 19 partners that are working towards providing the best performing and most cost-efficient experience for mutual customers in the face of egregious high egress fees. By partnering, the Bandwidth Alliance’s members are able to pass on the cost savings directly to their customers so they can choose from multiple cloud providers without needing to factor in bandwidth costs when selecting compute, storage and other cloud services.

Customers should not be taxed for moving the data that they own in and out of cloud environments or their own data centre, according to Clay Magouyrk, executive vice-president, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

“We’ve always relentlessly focused on providing customers with choice on their cloud journey – whether that means adopting a multi-cloud or hybrid cloud approach.” 

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"We want to help customers extract the most value out of their most valuable asset – their data. This why we’re partnering with Cloudflare to address a pricing strategy that is ripe for change,” Magouyrk said.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is currently offering low networking prices that enable organisations to move significant quantities of data for less. Inbound data transfer is free and outbound is free up to the first 10TB for each regional zone or product SKU. Together with Cloudflare, Oracle is aiming to offer mutual customers zero egress for data sourced from Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Object Storage starting with regions in North America. In addition, Oracle and Cloudflare are expecting to work together to expand this globally and drive to zero the already low data transfer rates compared to the incumbent clouds.

[Related: Sophos threat report: ‘normalisation’ of ransomware to continue in 2022]

Cloudflare and Oracle to eliminate data transfer fees, easing path to multi-cloud
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