Menu
Akamai to buy DDoS protection specialist Prolexic

Akamai to buy DDoS protection specialist Prolexic

Content delivery specialist Akamai wants to diversify its security offerings

Content delivery services provider Akamai Technologies plans to buy Prolexic Technologies, a distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) mitigation specialist, for US$370 million in cash.

Akamai, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, runs one of the world's largest content delivery networks with 137,000 servers in 87 countries. Its clients span a variety of industries and include a third of the companies on the Fortune Global 500 list.

Akamai already offers security services that protect Web sites and Web applications against a variety of threats, including DDoS attacks. However, Prolexic, located in Hollywood, Florida, specializes in defending enterprise applications against application-layer and network-layer attacks.

By acquiring Prolexic, Akamai wants to expand its services and provide customers with the technology needed to protect Web and IP infrastructure.

The transaction is pending regulatory approvals and is expected to close in the first half of 2014.

According to Scott Hammack, CEO of Prolexic, combining the expertise of both companies will allow customers to use a single provider for the Internet performance and security needs of their applications, which will simplify the resolution of network availability issues and clarify accountability.

Prolexic operates a network of so-called scrubbing centers spread around the world that have a combined bandwidth of more than 1.5 Tbps. When a DDoS attack occurs, the targeted customer routes in-bound traffic to the nearest Prolexic center, which has enough bandwidth capacity to analyze it and apply DDoS filtering techniques in order to identify and drop the malicious packets. The clean, scrubbed traffic is then routed back to the customer.

The size and number of DDoS attacks has increased significantly in recent years and the methods used by attackers have become more sophisticated, according to past reports from Prolexic and other DDoS mitigation vendors.

Follow Us

Join the New Zealand Reseller News newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags Akamai TechnologiessecurityProlexic Technologies

Slideshows

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016

Reseller News looks back on a tumultuous 12 months for the New Zealand channel, assessing the fallout from a year of sizeable industry change. Whether it be local or global mergers and acquisitions, distribution deals or job changes, the channel that started the year differs somewhat to the one set to finish it - Reseller News assesses the key moments that made 2016.​

Top 50 defining moments of the New Zealand channel in 2016
​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel

Hewlett Packard Enterprise honoured its top performing Kiwi partners at the second running of its HPE Partner Awards in New Zealand, held at a glitzy ceremony in Auckland. Recognising excellence across eight categories - from distributors to resellers - the tech giant celebrated its first year as a standalone company, following its official split from HP in 2015.

​Hewlett Packard Enterprise honours high achieving NZ channel
Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise

Nutanix recently took to the seas for a Christmas Cruise around Sydney Harbour with its Australia and New Zealand staff, customers and partners to celebrate a stellar year for the vendor. With the sun out, they were all smiles and mingled over drinks and food.

Nutanix treats channel partners to Christmas cruise
Show Comments