Monday, May 9, 2011

Arbor Introduces Cloud Security Protocol for the Internet Data Center

Arbor Networks introduced a Cloud Signaling protocol that bridges the gap between the data center edge and the provider cloud, where Arbor's Peakflow SP platform is pervasively deployed. The capability is a key feature in the Arbor Pravail Availability Protection System (APS), a new product family focused on securing the Internet data center (IDC) edge.

Arbor Networks said the goal of Cloud Signaling is to automate the connecting of service providers, network operators and data center customers with the mission to ensure the availability of IDC infrastructure and speed time-to-mitigation for distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Cloud Signaling mitigates application-layer attacks at the data center edge and volumetric denial of service attacks in the provider cloud. The Cloud Signaling protocol facilitate both customer on-premise mitigation of application-layer attacks and upstream mitigation of volumetric attacks in an automated and real-time manner.

Arbor said service providers who utilize Cloud Signaling can offer customers a comprehensive, integrated protection from the data center edge to the service provider cloud.

For the second consecutive year, botnet-driven volumetric and application-layer DDoS attacks continue to be the most significant problems facing network operators, according to the Arbor Networks 2010 Worldwide Infrastructure Security Report. In 2010, for the first time, volumetric DDoS attacks topped the 100 Gbps barrier and an alarming 77 percent of respondents detected application-layer attacks. These application-layer attacks are targeting both end customers and network operators' own critical support services, such as HTTP, Web and domain name system (DNS) services.

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