UKFast doubles its DDoSX capacity; Amsterdam, Seattle, Manchester now part of the firm’s network

UKFast doubles its DDoSX capacity

MANCHESTER, 5-Apr-2019 — /EuropaWire/ — UKFast has just announced it is more than doubling its DDoSX capacity. The UK cloud technology firm will invest £4 million into its distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) mitigation network.

The investment is part of UKFast’s network upgrades and adds a number of new points of presence (POPs) in Amsterdam, Seattle and Manchester to its existing UK, EU and US DDoSX POPs.

The firm’s DDoSX relies on complex algorithms and AI to analyse malicious online behaviour and defends businesses and organisations against the DDoS attacks, absorbing traffic and filtering it away from the servers on target. The service is billed at one fixed charge per domain.

Content delivery network (CDN) and web application firewall (WAF) services are also offered to clients through UKFast’s global DDoSX infrastructure.

According to the firm, insecure IoT devices are under attack with the aim of creating botnets with size and impact never seen before with the largest ever DDoS attack (1.3Tbps) having happened just a few months ago in 2018.

Commenting on the investment, UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones:

“The rise in the intensity and regularity of DDoS attacks in recent years is alarming. A decade ago we might have seen one DDoS attack a year. Nowadays it can be three or four a day. The latest investment in DDoSX enables greater performance and resilience for clients, whilst giving us the capacity to absorb attacks of even greater strength. The new POPs are also strategically positioned to allow our CDN to deliver content at incredible speed to our clients’ end users around the world. Whilst attackers often use proxy servers to mask their identity, everything is traceable on the internet. There are more and more people being prosecuted for DDoS and similar attacks. Our AI platform uses data from multiple touch points across the network and security operations centre, collating information about specific IPs and locations to keep on watch lists. We are working closely with law enforcement agencies to help protect people online.”

UKFast CTO Neil Lathwood added:

“DDoSX is a simple, plug-and-play solution that’s proved incredibly popular in the marketplace. With attackers creating botnets by targeting IoT devices running out-of-date firmware, DDoS attacks continue to increase in intensity and remain a significant threat. DDoS attacks on eCommerce websites traditionally spike around peak shopping periods, creating the maximum amount of disruption possible. It’s not unknown for it to be used to blackmail business owners or bring down competitors. Downtime from a DDoS attack is incredibly damaging for the countless organisations that depend on being up and running 24/7/365. We’ll continue to invest in developing the platform. Full-page caching and global load balancing are both in the DDoSX road map for 2019.”

UKFast is one of UK’s largest independently owned hosting firms with reported revenue of £53 million in 2018. The company runs five fully owned, custom-built data centres and its cybersecurity arm Secarma specialises in ethical hacking and penetration testing. More than 5,000 government, public sector and commercial organisations use the firm’s dedicated servers, cloud and colocation services. UKFast’s product portfolio includes Infrastructure as a Service, DR as a Service and its cloud offering, eCloud®. To find out more, please visit ukfast.co.uk.

SOURCE: UKFast

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