The first half of 2015 saw a 50% increase in DDoS attacks. They are not only becoming more frequent but they are getting more sophisticated too. On average, a DDoS attack will cost an SMB company €45,000 and an enterprise €400,000 – not to mention the damage done to the corporate image or share price. In other words, a DDoS attack might not only paralyze your online presence but could also be disastrous to your overall business continuity.
Data breaches and DDoS attacks are the most common threats to your website. Just take a look at these statistics: according to Kaspersky Labs, 74% of companies that suffer a DDoS attack face another security incident at the same time; 26% of these incidents are data breach attempts or data leaks which means these attacks are not primarily meant to take your website offline but are a diversion to get to your data. These are so-called layer 7 attacks: the hackers divert your attention to get your eye off the ball by disrupting the availability of the website while they quietly try to exploit any vulnerabilities in your web applications.
Moving from your on-prem IT infrastructure to the cloud is a challenge but picking the right cloud hosting partner is even a bigger challenge. How do you find a provider that recommends “the right stuff” and helps you migrate but who also runs a cloud infrastructure in which your applications run really well? At LeaseWeb we have a laser sharp focus on finding the right balance between performance, security and the economics of our services. This blog focuses on how we improve the performance and end user experience of LeaseWeb hosted services by pro-actively monitoring network performance as perceived by eyeballs and ISPs around the world. At the end of the day, platform performance is important but network performance has an even bigger impact on the end-user experience.
Balancing the end-user experience of LeaseWeb hosted services and network economics
At LeaseWeb Network, we manage and support the networks and traffic of the various LeaseWeb services companies around the world. We also support the advanced networking needs of their customers and protect them from security threats.
To ensure an optimized end-user experience for LeaseWeb hosted services, we run our own global Internet backbone – establishing direct connectivity (peering) with eyeball networks in 58 PoPs in Europe, the US and Asia – and we have connectivity (IP Transit) to virtually all major Tier 1 Internet backbones in any of the LeaseWeb data centers. Our total network capacity is 5 Tbps – compared to actual traffic levels of about 2.5 Tbps in the first quarter of 2015. This combination of peering and multiple Transit providers gives us a lot of flexibility and peak capacity to reach eyeball networks. So how do we manage this global network?
As the administrator of .nl, SIDN is responsible for the functional stability and development of the Netherlands’ country-code top-level domain (TLD). LeaseWeb recently became the first company to implement SIDN’s local anycast technology in its network. Marco Davids, Technical Advisor at SIDN, explains how local anycast differs from regular anycast.
At SIDN we operate an impressive DNS-infrastructure: available at all times, under all circumstances, and designed to reply to thousands of DNS-queries per second. The downside of such a powerful infrastructure is that it can function quite well as a reflector for amplifying DDoS-traffic. And thus, besides using open resolvers, the bad guys also abuse (our) powerful authoritative name servers to amplify their malicious DDoS-traffic.
The underwater world is nothing less than science fiction – with due respect to the flora and fauna – it’s the matrix of fiber optics orbiting the earth that transports you to a world of cabled mystery! And this real submarine world was created much before the Wachowski siblings came up with the idea of a virtual supernatural world.
Due to the exponential increase of traffic in current web industries―for example, video on demand, live video, and online gaming―today’s Internet user requires an advanced technology to deliver this content as fast as possible, in the most reliable way. That’s where a Content Delivery Network (CDN) comes into play.
Internet traffic is growing fast. More people are making use of wireless devices, such as smartphones and tablets. Cisco predicts in its Visual Networking Index that Internet traffic from these devices will exceed traffic from wired devices by 2014. Moreover, peak Internet traffic is growing more rapidly than average traffic. Cisco’s index reports that peak traffic will increase nearly fivefold by 2016. These developments put a large pressure on the capacity of IP networks. For organizations already dealing with high amounts of Internet traffic (such as a hosting provider), a 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) connection to an Internet exchange is a good solution.