SOURCE: Arbor Networks

Arbor Networks

October 05, 2010 10:00 ET

France's SdV Plurimedia Deploys Arbor Networks to Protect Its Internet Data Center and Hosting Services

Peakflow SP Platform Delivers Out-of-Band Threat Detection and Surgical Mitigation of Distributed Denial of Service Attacks

CHELMSFORD, MA--(Marketwire - October 5, 2010) -  Arbor Networks Inc., a leading provider of security and network management solutions for converged carrier networks and next-generation data centers, announced today that SdV Plurimedia (SdV), an industry leading, hosting and web services provider in France, has deployed Arbor Networks Peakflow SP and the integrated Threat Management System (TMS) to deliver out-of-band threat detection and surgical mitigation of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against their data center infrastructure and customer web sites.

A majority of SdV's customers are media companies that offer public facing services that require high performance and 100% uptime. SdV's customer websites are frequently attack targets due to the public facing and sometimes controversial nature of their content. Therefore it's common for SdV to see attacks on a daily basis.

In the past, SdV had tried several attack mitigation products. The main issue SdV had with these products was since they could only be deployed in-line, they presented a risk to network integrity as they became a single point of failure. SdV required a solution that did not require in-line deployment. After a quick trial period SdV was up and running with Arbor's Peakflow SP and TMS 3110 solution. SdV created a new VLAN and inserted the new devices outside the core network causing no service interruption. In fact, this out of band deployment of the Peakflow® products is so important to SdV that they promote it as a means of differentiation in their very competitive market.

"We have always considered ourselves a market leader and strive to deploy state-of-the-art technology for our customers. For example, we make it a point in our marketing to describe our out-of-band attack mitigation capabilities in order to differentiate ourselves from competitors, retain existing customers and attract new ones," said Salim Gasmi, SdV Plurimedia's chief technology officer. "It's not a matter of choice, it's a matter of survival. If we didn't have a working Arbor DDoS protection solution in place, all our customers would leave and we would be out of business," emphasized Gasmi.

"In a data center environment, an attack on one company can lead to problems for many. The risk of collateral damage is quite high," said Eric Michonnet, Arbor Networks regional director for southern Europe. "The cloud or hosting provider's mitigation strategy becomes essential at this point, both for their reputation and its customers. If they react by shutting down the service to the compromised customer in order to protect others, this goes against everything driving cloud adoption today, such as cost savings and 'always on' availability. Then there is the damage to the brands and reputations of impacted web properties. This is why real-time mitigation, as delivered via our Threat Management System, is such an essential component in protecting today's Internet data center."

By tightly integrating TMS into the Peakflow SP platform, Arbor Networks delivers a solution that combines network-wide anomaly detection and traffic engineering with carrier-class threat management that automatically detects and surgically removes only attack traffic while maintaining legitimate business traffic. Additionally, TMS complements Peakflow SP's other mitigation techniques, including fingerprint sharing, Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) black-hole routing, BGP flow-spec and support for other mitigation technologies.

The Peakflow SP platform offers an industry-unique combination of macro- and micro-level analysis to address all network security threats. Competitive solutions require operators to log-in to multiple devices to address a single security threat. This creates a cumbersome and inefficient process at a time when split-second decision making is paramount. TMS streamlines operations and speeds reaction time by providing users with a single console and common user interface for thwarting multiple attacks. In addition, TMS can reduce operating expenses through simplified provisioning and uncomplicated ongoing maintenance. As a result, it can provide a much lower total cost of ownership than competitive solutions.

About Arbor Networks
Arbor Networks® is a leading provider of network security and management solutions for converged carrier networks and next-generation data centers, including more than 70 percent of the world's Internet service providers and many of the largest enterprise networks in use today. Arbor's secure service control solutions give customers a single, unified view into their networks' performance, helping them to quickly detect anomalous behavior, mitigate threats and enforce policy. This translates into actionable business intelligence to generate new forms of revenue and to maintain a competitive advantage.

Arbor also maintains ATLAS -- a unique collaborative effort with 100+ service providers across the globe sharing real-time security, traffic and routing information. No other entity today has both aggregated this much real-time information about what is happening across the Internet and developed the means for cross-provider collaboration that informs numerous business decisions.

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