Cisco and Arbor have worked together literally since our founding in 2000, when Cisco was an early investor in the company. Arbor pioneered the use of Netflow, from Cisco routers, as a means of gaining broad network visibility to help large service providers better manage their traffic and services. When Cisco exited the DDoS mitigation business in 2008, they recommended to their customers that they transition to Arbor, as part of a program we collaborated on and called Clean Pipes 2.0.
Today, I am pleased to be able to announce the next stage of Arbor’s collaboration with Cisco. Cisco has selected Arbor’s market leading Peakflow Threat Management System to deliver DDoS protection, at line rate speeds, on the Virtual Services Module (VSM) blade within Cisco’s ASR9000 Series Aggregation Services Routers. This powerful combination enables service provider, enterprise and government operators to protect the investments they’ve made in networks, services and application infrastructure by detecting and mitigating DDoS attacks before they impact availability or performance.
“By adding Arbor’s market leading DDoS mitigation technology to the ASR 9000 router, Cisco is meeting the needs of customers wanting to mitigate DDoS attacks at the network edge. This is a smart move for both companies,” Jeff Wilson, INFONETICS RESEARCH PRINCIPAL ANALYST
“By integrating Arbor’s proven DDoS mitigation technology into the ASR 9000 router, Cisco is moving aggressively to enable their customers to address the growing size and scale of DDoS attacks. This is a best of breed combination,” Chris Rodriguez, FROST & SULLIVAN SENIOR INDUSTRY ANALYST
This is a significant and meaningful milestone for Arbor Networks. For 15 years, we have worked with the world’s largest network operators, delivering network visibility and DDoS mitigation solutions. Over time, we have become more than a vendor, but a trusted advisor and partner. These relationships are essential to our business, and something we are quite proud of. This unique position has enabled us to develop and launch the ATLAS initiative. Today, more than 330 network operators participate, contributing a total of 120Tbps of global Internet traffic visibility. Through our product deployments, we deliver great visibility about what is happening on our global customer networks. By working in a collaborative and mutually beneficial way, we are able to deliver, through ATLAS, visibility beyond the borders of a single customer network, across the Internet itself. This is perhaps the most concrete example of both Arbor’s pervasive footprint in the service provider market, and the outstanding relationships we have worked to develop over time.
By integrating our DDoS mitigation capabilities inside the Cisco ASR9000 router, this now opens up a new opportunity for Arbor to further penetrate these customer networks, helping them address a critical operational issue. These network operators have invested billions to build out and deliver on the promise of next-generation IP networks. DDoS remains the primary threat to the quality and availability of this IP-based infrastructure. With attackers leveraging the reflection and amplification capabilities of DNS servers, and protocols like NTP and SSDP, DDoS attack size is exploding. DDoS attacks in the hundreds of gigabits-per-second can place a significant burden on even the largest provider network. By working with Cisco to embed our DDoS mitigation technology within the ASR9000, these customers can mitigate DDoS at the edge of their networks, freeing up capacity for legitimate traffic and services that are the future of their business.
Despite our large presence in service provider networks, and our growing enterprise business, Arbor remains a relatively small company, with less than 500 employees today. Virtualizing our DDoS mitigation technology and meeting the incredibly high standards embodied by a world-class organization like Cisco is no small endeavor. I am extremely proud of the professionalism and talent of Arbor’s engineering organization, product management, and frankly, everyone in the company. This is an exciting moment for Arbor Networks as we once again work with Cisco to meet a critical need in the marketplace for global network operators.
For more on our collaboration, feel free to visit: http://www.arbornetworks.com/asr9000
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