Data Centers Need DDoS Protection


Cloud applications have grown tremendously popular over recent years, driven by the meteoric rise of the hyperscale providers.  However, despite all the benefits of a public cloud, data centers remain important to enterprises, as explained in a recent Network Computing article, “5 Reasons Why Data Centers Continue to Thrive.” Migrating enterprise applications to the cloud is often less expensive on a monthly basis, technically easier, and scalable, but that doesn’t mean that everything should be moved to the cloud; some organizations need a diverse data infrastructure, and others don’t have the staff resources or skills to adequately migrate their data to the cloud and govern a cloud platform. These and other reasons, including the security of highly sensitive data, are why many organizations have adopted a hybrid approach, with some applications kept in on-premises data centers and others running in the cloud. It’s clear that data centers are here to stay, in significant numbers.

Downtime is unacceptable in today’s economy

However, even if organizations do keep their sensitive data on premises, that’s no guarantee of security and compliance; they must also put solutions and processes in place to keep their data centers up and running securely, 24/7/365. Data center outages are increasingly costly because downtime is less and less tolerable for most businesses, in this “always-on” world. There are the obvious manpower costs of getting a data center back online, plus the less-tangible, yet equally impactful, costs of damage to brand reputation, loss of revenue, and loss of customer trust.

Data Centers need protection from the natural disasters, human error, and cybercriminals

Data centers require monitoring and protection. For example, the on-premises servers can be vulnerable to natural disasters, such as floods, tornadoes and earthquakes. In fact, as I write this, that is a poignant fact; the southeastern United States is facing floods and tornadoes from yet another hurricane, and many western States who are facing rampant, unprecedented wildfires. Furthermore, data centers are vulnerable to outages caused by human error, UPS and HVAC system failure, and cybercrime, which increasingly accounts for a high percentage of outages. In fact, Distributed Denial of service (DDoS) attacks are one of the most common threats to the online availability of data centers.

Ensure uptime in the face of DDoS attacks

Data centers can benefit from surgical, real-time, DDoS mitigation solutions to protect the network edge, not only because it maintains their customer experience, but also because it keeps their networks clean of junk DDoS traffic.  This gives their network engineers more time to service other customer needs and only scale their networks based on business growth. In an era when data centers often are trying to guarantee 99.9999% uptime, this is critical for the sake of business continuity. Modern DDoS protection should be a key consideration to make sure that sensitive data and business critical applications remain available to users. And, as an alternative to deploying an on-premise solution, many Service Providers now offer DDoS protection as a value-added or fee-based service.

For over a decade, Corero has been providing state-of-the-art, highly-effective, real-time automatic DDoS protection solutions for enterprise, hosting and service provider customers around the world. Our SmartWall® DDoS mitigation solutions protect on-premise, cloud, virtual and hybrid environments. For more on Corero’s diverse deployment models, click here.  If you’d like to learn more, please contact us.

Sean Newman is VP Product Management, responsible for Corero’s product strategy. Sean brings over 25 years of experience in the security and networking industry, to guide Corero’s growing leadership in the real-time DDoS protection market. Prior to joining Corero, Sean’s previous roles include network security Global Product Manager for Cisco, who he joined as part of their acquisition of cyber-security vendor Sourcefire, where he was Security Evangelist and Field Product Manager for EMEA. Prior to that he was Senior Product Manager for endpoint and network security vendor Sophos, after having spent more than 12 years as an Engineer, Engineering Manager and then Senior Product Manager for network infrastructure manufacturer 3Com.