June 12, 2014 08:00 ET

EfficientIP Launches High-Performance SOLIDserver DNS Blast to Protect Businesses from DNS DDoS Attacks

First solution to support up to 17 million queries per second - 60 times more than current solutions

WEST CHESTER, PENNSYLVANIA--(Marketwired - June 12, 2014) - EfficientIP, a leading developer and provider of DDI solutions (DNS, DHCP services, and IP address management), today launched SOLIDserver DNS Blast - the industry's most easy-to-use, cost-effective, and powerful solution for mitigating DNS Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. DNS Blast is the industry's first to handle up to 17 million queries per second, 60 times more than competitor solutions.

Despite DNS Servers providing the vital link between users and their applications, research shows that most businesses still have no solution in place to protect them from DDoS attacks that typically result in business down-time, financial loss, intellectual property theft, or damage to reputation. According to a new survey conducted for EfficientIP by IDC1, while most organizations are aware of the security risks linked to DNS servers (82 percent of respondents were aware and recognized the threats), most IT budget and time is still spent on more traditional network security solutions such as Firewalls (68 percent).

"Businesses need a sharp wake-up call before it's too late," said David Williamson, CEO at EfficientIP. "With more and more companies relying on a continuous online presence to operate effectively, DNS server security is essential. If a DNS server crashes or can't answer a request immediately, it can have disastrous consequences. Yet most organizations are still leaving themselves vulnerable to attack. DNS Blast allows businesses to confidently provide high availability of service while decreasing the TCO of their DNS infrastructure and reducing management time. We believe it is the ultimate answer to DDoS attacks."

Recent research from Neustar2 also highlighted that DDoS attacks are using more and more bandwidth, however the DNS server is still the weakest component of the network infrastructure. Victims now need a significant increase in DNS request performance in order to mitigate these attacks, yet current solutions fail to provide this. In 2013 the percentage of victims needing more than one gigabyte per second (GBPS), which equates to 10 million queries per second (qps), had more than doubled to over 28 percent over the prior 12 months. EfficientIP's SOLIDserver DNS Blast is the only solution available today that can support up to 17 million qps with a single appliance and two network adapters. Existing solutions are only able to support up to 300,000 qps or one million clustering servers, making them much more vulnerable.

Threats from DDoS attacks to any business, not just ISPs, are also increasing at an alarming rate. IDC found that 72 percent of all respondents confirmed that they had been the target of a DNS attack in the last 12 months while Prolexic reported3 that nearly half of all DDoS attacks suffered in Q1 2014 were in the Media and Entertainment sector.

The IDC research also identified that while 85 percent of respondents have basic DNS security functions from their security appliance, businesses are still vulnerable as these functions are usually ineffective during an attack.

"This is a real case of a wrong answer to a real problem, said Williamson, "Firewalls are not the right technology when DNS servers are under attack as they will not have any effect. The innovative technology developed for DNS Blast will always scale to customer needs to achieve the highest level of security the business is expecting."

For further information on EfficientIP's SOLIDServer DNS Blast or to review the full Executive Summary of the Survey please visit www.efficientip.com.

About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,100 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries worldwide. For 50 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world's leading technology media, research, and events company.

About EfficientIP

EfficientIP solutions address organizations' needs to drive business efficiency through the innovative use of IT. Its unified management framework for DNS-DHCP-IPAM, devices, and network configurations enhances security, availability, and agility of the IT infrastructure. Its technology enables policies to be applied and business processes to be automated which reduce operating costs and increase management efficiency. EfficientIP's solutions have been chosen in the most demanding organizations across a range of industries. These include verticals from telecommunications and manufacturing, to banking, non-financial services, and the public sector. Companies such as HP, Vodafone, BskyB, Leeds Metropolitan University, Bank of France and Philips use EfficientIP solutions every day. EfficientIP invented the advanced SmartArchitecture™ concept, which upgraded the management of DNS and DHCP from service level to architecture level. EfficientIP's SOLIDserver™ suite of hardware and virtual appliances deliver Hybrid DNS solutions, VLAN and IP-address management, as well as extensive DNS and DHCP management. For further information, please go to: www.efficientip.com.

1 IDC DNS Server Security Survey, April 2014

2 Neustar Annual DDoS Attacks and Impact Report

3 Prolexic, Quarterly Global DDoS Attack Report, Q1 2014

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