Marlborough, MA, October 5, 2016 – Liquid Web Inc., a $100 million web hosting and cloud services provider devoted to delighting customers, has deployed Corero Network Security’s SmartWall® Threat Defense System (TDS) to protect over 100Gbps of Internet bandwidth with automatic DDoS mitigation across the multiple Liquid Web datacenters.
The in-line deployment of the SmartWall TDS monitors Internet traffic headed toward the Liquid Web network, identifies DDoS activity, and mitigates the attacks in real-time, before they can affect end-users on Liquid Web’s network. This allows all legitimate user traffic to continue to flow as intended.
Prior to implementing the Corero solution, Liquid Web had experienced several large volumetric attacks that were creating collateral damage in its network environment. With the Corero SmartWall TDS in-line deployment model, the company is very pleased with the real-time mitigation, resulting in dramatic improvement of service availability. In terms of metrics, the most critical improvement was a reduction in the number of outage minutes that were associated with large volumetric attacks.
Another benefit of the Corero solution is that Liquid Web IT security staff have more time to focus on other key aspects of customer-related security issues, such as virus and malware-related events. Before the Corero deployment, the 24x7 network operations team at Liquid Web needed more staff due to the time spent processing many DDoS security incidents.
“Like all hosting providers and data centers today, Liquid Web has been targeted by DDoS attacks that can negatively affect our core business,” said Liquid Web’s CTO, Joe Oesterling. “Protecting the security of our network and delivering peace of mind to our customers is a critical focus for Liquid Web. It’s one of the reasons we have such an admired brand and earned loyalty from our customers. Investing in the Corero SmartWall solution enables us to deliver on that security promise by significantly reducing the impact of DDoS attacks, while lessening the need for human intervention, which allows us to focus on other technology initiatives."
In the process of researching a DDoS protection solution, the Liquid Web team investigated many options and, after a lengthy evaluation process, opted for what is fast becoming a common approach: a multi-layered DDoS mitigation strategy. The approach involved keeping the company’s existing solution, which had been traditionally used for detection and only reactive mitigation, and augmenting it with the SmartWall TDS.
“Corero is pleased to protect the Liquid Web network from the threat of DDoS attacks,” said Dave Larson, COO and CTO, Corero Network Security. “Our anti-DDoS appliances are effective because they monitor and mitigate DDoS threats automatically, inline and in real time, and they act as a black box, requiring little or no intervention from any security or operations personnel.”
Other hosting providers and data centers rely on Corero’s award-winning technology to eliminate the DDoS threat to their environment through automatic attack detection and mitigation, coupled with complete network visibility, analytics and reporting. Earlier this year, with high marks in overall security, performance, and total cost of ownership, Corero’s SmartWall TDS received the “Recommended” rating in the NSS Labs DDoS prevention System Security Value Map.
About Corero Network Security
Corero Network Security is the leader in real-time, high-performance DDoS defense solutions. Service providers, hosting providers and online enterprises rely on Corero’s award winning technology to eliminate the DDoS threat to their environment through automatic attack detection and mitigation, coupled with complete network visibility, analytics and reporting. This next-generation technology provides a First Line of Defense® against DDoS attacks in the most complex environments while enabling a more cost effective economic model than previously available. For more information, visit www.corero.com.
About Liquid Web Inc.
Liquid Web is a $100 million web hosting and cloud services provider devoted to delighting customers. Liquid Web delivers reliable, highly-available, secure and hassle-free hosting fueled by our Heroic Support®. The company empowers its employees to go above and beyond to make life easier for professionals who create the content and commerce on the ever-changing web – so they can focus on the work they love.
Liquid Web offers a broad portfolio designed so customers can choose their own adventure whether it is hands-on or hands-off or a hybrid of the two. The company owns and manages its own data centers providing a diverse range of offerings spanning from bare metal servers to managed WordPress and continues to evolve its service offerings to meet the ever-changing needs of its customers.
With over 30,000 customers spanning 150 countries, the company has assembled a world-class team, global data centers and an expert group of 24/7/365 solution engineers. As an industry leader in customer service* the rapidly expanding company has been recognized among INC Magazine’s 5000 Fastest Growing Companies for the last ten years. Liquid Web is part of the Madison Dearborn Partners family of companies. Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”) is a leading private equity investment firm based in Chicago. For more information, please visit www.liquidweb.com, follow us on Twitter @LiquidWeb, or read our blog posts at http://www.liquidweb.com/blog.
*Q2 Net Promoter Score of 74