Cloudflare’s Object Storage Solution Now Globally Available


The distributed object storage called Cloudflare R2 Storage, which does away with egress fees, is now globally available. For developers, Cloudflare R2 Storage would provide a better method to store and access anything they require.

Cloudflare R2 offers flexibility with no exit costs for storing and delivering web assets, logs, or huge media files. Both an S3-compatible API and a strong interface with Cloudflare Workers, Cloudflare’s highly scalable serverless computing technology, are provided to developers by R2, enabling a simple transfer. Instead of stressing about expensive storage or vendor lock-in, Cloudflare stated that developers can concentrate on inventing and creating the websites and applications they require.

“Egress fees are nothing but a tax on developers, stifling innovation and creativity. We are redefining the standard of how developers work with object storage, allowing them to focus on innovation, rather than the costs of accessing their data. That is why R2 Storage will never have egress fees,” said Matthew Prince, Co-Founder and CEO of Cloudflare. “Cloudflare’s mission is to help build a better Internet, which means we’re focused on making the Internet faster, safer, and also more affordable for everyone. We have been blown away by the initial interest in R2 Storage, and we encourage any developer that wants a better type of storage to sign up and switch to R2 today.”

Developing Websites and Applications

Matthew Prince, Co-Founder and CEO of Cloudflare
“We have been blown away by the initial interest in R2 Storage, and we encourage any developer that wants a better type of storage to sign up and switch to R2 today,” said Matthew Prince, Co-Founder and CEO of Cloudflare.

According to Cloudflare, developers need a location to store massive volumes of unstructured data, images, videos, and graphics that is rapidly and easily accessible in order to construct websites and applications. To access their data, developers must pay a rising amount of “outrageous bandwidth fees” from many cloud providers today, which leads to unnecessary cloud storage costs, vendor lock-in, and the difficulty for developers to readily utilize the data they have saved, Cloudflare added.

With easy data migration from S3-compatible services to Cloudflare’s “highly performant,” object store – without the egress fees – Cloudflare R2 Storage would liberate developers from this vendor lock-in.

“The egress fees we were paying our existing storage provider to retrieve our own content had slowly increased to over six figures a year, and so we were looking for a way to reduce costs,” said Adam Gamble, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Vecteezy, a design community and resource for high quality graphics. “We were excited to participate in the beta for our R2 and Cache Reserve to see what our potential cost savings could be. With the S3-compatible API, minimal changes were needed for our internal tools to work with the data stored in R2.”

Cloud Provider Egress and Storage Bills

More than 11,000 developers have active accounts with R2 Storage since the service’s open beta launch eight weeks ago. According to Cloudflare, with R2’s global general availability, developers are no longer constrained by the expense of storing their data and can instead:

  • Slash their cloud provider egress and storage bills – No matter the scale, Cloudflare wants to make R2 Storage the most affordable choice for effective object storage. Because of this, Cloudflare is working to do away with egress costs, provide object storage that is less expensive, and make infrequent access totally free for users.
  • Take advantage of the performance of object storage built with Cloudflare’s global network – R2 Storage gives the most demanding applications low latency, high throughput storage by utilizing Cloudflare Workers and Durable Objects.
  • Unlock the power and scale of Cloudflare Workers within their applications – The Cloudflare Workers runtime and R2 Storage are completely integrated, which would make it quite simple to create data pipelines and manipulate objects.
  • Access data efficiently from anywhere – R2 Storage would enable developers to rapidly and easily access worldwide audiences without the need to provision data centers all over the world thanks to Cloudflare’s global network, which covers more than 275 locations in over 100 countries.
  • Integrate R2 Storage across Cloudflare’s product portfolio – Developers may easily integrate R2 Storage into their whole Cloudflare ecosystem by integrating it with other Cloudflare products like Access or Cache.
  • Seamlessly fit R2 Storage into existing workflows – Developers may simply transfer data out of S3 or harness the strength of Cloudflare’s global network with an S3-compatible API and Workers APIs. Developers may now choose whichever method can make utilizing R2 Storage the least difficult for them.