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Black Lotus Enables VARs to Deploy DDoS Mitigation

The 'Protection for Networks' services make whole-infrastructure distributed denial of service protection a possible source of recurring revenue. By ChannelPro

Security innovator Black Lotus is a provider of distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection. This month, the company announced that its Protection for Networks (PFN) solution is offering SMBs around-the-clock availability, which ensures customers avoid revenue losses from site DDoS outages.

“DDoS attacks lasting hours or even minutes can lead to loss of revenue and customers,” states a Black Lotus press release submitted to ChannelPro-SMB. “The free PFN service enables data center companies and service providers to get started with border gateway protocol [BGP]-based DDoS protection, which includes an introductory level of protection and clean traffic. Service providers can try the entry-level DDoS protection and then quickly ramp up to full-scale mitigation in the future.”

Entry-Level DDoS

The free PFN service is aimed at data centers and service providers in need of up to one gigabits per second (Gbps) of DDoS protection — of VARs looking to offer a free DDoS as an entry-level service to end users.

For worldwide service providers that offer Web hosting, cloud hosting, collocation, Internet services, and virtualized and dedicated servers, any interruption to client services can result in customers migrating to competitors. The Black Lotus PFN offering enables whole-infrastructure DDoS protection for data center companies and service providers and can also be offered as a value-added service to hosting customers. The end result could be a new revenue stream that can defend its own infrastructure and fund the effort through reseller sales to end-users.

A Full PFN Solution

The full PFN package enables any BGP network to establish a session with the Black Lotus scrubbing center for immediate filtering during a DDoS attack. Once the session is active, only confirmed DDoS attacks are sent to the scrubbing center, where IPs under attack are inspected and filtered and only clean traffic is routed back to the target’s network.

“Our services deliver rapid deployment of DDoS mitigation,” says Black Lotus CEO Shawn Mark. “So, service providers not only experience cost savings and operational improvements, but they can also focus on their primary mission of providing continuous Web service instead of diverting internal resources to fight fires and worry about customer uptime.”

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