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F5 Networks buys cloud DDoS specialist Defense.Net

Alex Scroxton

F5 Networks has forked out an undisclosed sum to shore up its security offering, buying privately held distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) security services specialist Defense.Net.

Defense.Net claims its cloud-based DDoS mitigation service, based in new-build, fully redundant datacentres, can scrub even the largest DDoS attacks and offer 10 times the defence bandwidth per customer when compared to competitors.

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F5 said it believed Defense.Net’s service was complementary to its on-premise DDoS capabilities, and would enable it to address attacks best detected and mitigated through on-premise appliances – such as mid-volume, SSL or application targeted attacks, and major volumetric attacks best addressed in a cloud scrubbing facility.

Suggesting the scale of the potential opportunity, F5 highlighted TechTarget’s 2014 IT Priorities Survey, which suggested 45% of buyers would be adding new capacity around network security and 35% planned to add threat detection and management capabilities.

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F5 strategic solutions executive vice-president, Manny Rivelo, said: “Customers ultimately want a unified solution that seamlessly blocks DDoS attacks at the appropriate network location for the type of threat. The appeal of a hybrid solution is that it combines the best of on-premise and cloud-based protection.”

Defense.Net founder Barrett Lyon, who set up his first DDoS mitigation firm Prolexic – now part of Akamai – while at university, said F5’s own product engineering showed a comparable focus on scale and performance to Defense.Net’s.

“Customers of all sizes will be able to ensure business-critical applications and networks are protected and available under the most demanding conditions regardless of the volume, type, or source of DDoS attack,” he said.


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