Cloudflare, in an official announcement, has introduced the formation of the Bandwidth Alliance, a cooperation of leading cloud providers set up to lower the costs of data transfer for mutual customers.
The founding members of the alliance include Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, IBM Cloud, Packet, DreamHost, BackBlaze, Automattic, Linode, Scalewa, Vapor, and Digital Ocean – who will use Cloudflare’s Argo traffic routing engine to help reduce the costs and increase the efficiency of data transfers across their networks.
The Bandwidth Alliance looks like Google’s CDN Interconnect Programme, which provides direct interconnect links from CDNs to Google’s edge network with automatic reduced price billing.
According to the announcement, the Bandwidth Alliance extends this to more CDN and hosting providers, using Cloudflare’s Argo platform to calculate the best routes. The providers have agreed to discount if not waive certain data transfer fees for mutual customers with Cloudfare and apply the reduced prices automatically.