Two international giants made separate cloud-based moves on the security space yesterday, taking on the threat from the DDoS, or Distributed Denial of Service attacks that have driven so much hacking news in the past several years.
Indian conglomerate Tata Communications (news, filings) launched a DDoS Detection and Mitigation service, aimed at any enterprise that depends on its internet connection to do business. Interestingly though, the cloud-based service is network agnostic, meaning that one doesn't need to be buying bandwidth from Tata to use it. The service monitors traffic patterns, detects attacks, and 'scrubs' the data clean of attack traffic. They're using infrastructure from Arbor Networks to power it all, which is a nice win for Arbor.
Meanwhile Japanese incumbent NTT Communications (NYSE:NTT, news, filings) announced an enhancement to its Global IP Network offering that will add in cloud-based traffic analysis aimed at those same DDoS attacks. The service has been around since July of 2009 but only in Japan, but it will now be expanded to Australia, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea, the Netherlands, and the UK. NTT's service is aimed at traffic monitoring and analysis in general, alleviating operations costs for their customers by as much as 75% for DDOS and for more general analysis needs by up to 90%. NTT is also adding a PoP in Tokyo and has upgraded its PoP in Equinix there as well.
Lots more cloud-based services will be coming out as time goes on, but security seems like the one many are working on just now.
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