Why Cloudflare and Internet Archive Partnership Benefits Publishers
Cloudflare and the Internet Archive (aka Wayback Machine) announced a partnership that will help the Internet achieve greater reliability. The Internet Archive obtains more copies of websites while Cloudflare benefits from having sites backed up to the Internet Archive.
Publishers will also benefit from the arrangement between Cloudflare and the Internet Archive, even publishers who don’t use Cloudflare.
Internet Archive Partners With Cloudflare
The partnership between the Internet Archive and Cloudflare is symbiotic. Symbiotic means two different organisms, people or groups that form a beneficial relationship.
What makes this relationship beneficial is that Cloudflare customers gain increased reliability while the Internet Archive gains access to more data.
The Internet Archive, also known as the Wayback Machine, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to keeping snapshots of the Internet. Even if a website disappears, users can still locate their favorite content as it existed years before.
The Internet Archive is whimsically nicknamed after a 1960’s cartoon about a dog (Mr. Peabody) and his human boy (Sherman) who time traveled in a Wayback Machine. It was founded in 1996 and currently contains over 20 years of web documents.
While the Internet Archive also saves other kinds of documents like books, videos and radio shows, it’s main focus remains preserving and archiving a snapshot of the Internet.
The Internet Archive is currently archiving over 330 billion web pages.
Cloudflare is a security and content delivery network that helps websites speed up delivery of web pages and to mitigate the effects of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS ) attacks.
Cloudflare hosts their customer’s static content on servers around the world so that site visitors receive their content from a server that is located close to them. Dynamic content is retrieved from the original web host server.
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