Cloudflare load

Started by matrice, Oct 07, 2022, 02:57 AM

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Using nixstats service, I keep track of server load. It caught my attention that connecting the website to Cloudflare triggers an increase in network load.
Could you explain the underlying mechanism from a technical perspective? I'm curious about it despite the data presented in the statistics.
In theory, Cloudflare is expected to reduce traffic consumption and server load, but why is it otherwise?
The screenshot presents a clear difference in server usage before and after disabling proxying via Cloudflare at 16:20.


Are we utilizing caching?
Have we enabled SSL/TLS Recommender?
It's possible that enabling Cloudflare makes the connection completely remote as opposed to a local one. Perhaps the caching and SSL options play a role in this distinction.


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