Arbor Networks today introduced its first cloud-based distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) mitigation service to protect enterprises against large-scale attacks intended to swallow up available bandwidth or knock application servers offline.
The Arbor DDoS mitigation service could be applied to filter out unwanted attack traffic at up to about 280Gbps or even higher, according to Gary Sockrider, solutions architect for the Americas at Arbor. Arbor’s enterprise service works in conjunction with the Arbor on-premises anti-DDoS gear the enterprise would have, he said. Arbor’s approach entails “once we see the attack, we re-direct traffic to the scrubbing center,” says Sockrider. Arbor is also seeking to get a different type of customer, the large ISPs, to make use of this cloud-based anti-DDoS service on a re-seller basis.
Arbor’s cloud-based approach for the enterprise, coupled with its on premises hardware, comes as the anti-DDoS market grows more competitive. Belmont, Calif.-based start-up Defense.net, for example, which is a purely cloud-based anti-DDoS service, made its debut in August. Sockrider says Arbor intends to have a cloud-based pricing model that doesn’t levy charges based on traffic spikes that arise in DDoS attacks. He says some cloud-based DDoS competitors do that.