Worldstream Unveils In-House Developed Anti-DDoS Scrubbing Center with Intelligent Clustering Techniques

press Monday, September 16, 2019

Worldstream, a fast-growing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) hosting provider with a global network backbone and more than 15,000 dedicated servers under management for its global client base, announces the launch of its next-generation anti-DDoS platform, Worldstream DDoS Shield. Worldstream R&D and the company’s network-team have worked on the DDoS scrubbing center for a year in total. The result is an anti-DDoS platform equipped with intelligent clustering techniques and a multi-tiered architecture to address the growth of sophisticated DDoS threats.

Worldstream Unveils In-house Anti-DDoS

After more than tripling the size of its R&D department from 3 to 10 engineering employees recently, global IaaS technology provider Worldstream has now released its completely redesigned and re-engineered DDoS mitigation platform, Worldstream DDoS Shield. The new anti-DDoS scrubbing center is located in Worldstream’s company-owned data centers in Naaldwijk, the Netherlands, and equipped with the latest techniques in the field of clustering. By deploying an intelligent clustering technology with a multi-tiered architecture, Worldstream now expects its DDoS scrubbing center to be ‘future-proof’ and able to withstand the largest DDoS attacks as well as advanced ‘under the radar’ attacks for its clients.

“DDoS can be seen as a significant risk for enterprises and virtually all organizations with business-critical applications,” said Nick de Jong, Sales Director of Worldstream. “We’ve seen some very serious DDoS attacks on various types of organizations during the last couple of years, large and small, including high-profile financial brands such as ING, ABN AMRO, and Banco de España. We saw well-known global developer platform GitHub experiencing one of the largest DDoS attacks in history, with an attack peaking at 1.35 Tbit/s. And most recently, in June of this year, messaging service platform Telegram was shut down by a massive DDoS attack. As Worldstream is providing IaaS hosting services to quite some high-profile customers including broadcasters and cloud providers, we want our DDoS scrubbing center to be fully prepared for the latest DDoS developments and trends. The fact that the Worldstream DDoS Shield is now fitted with intelligent clustering technology and a multi-tiered approach to DDoS protection will bring our customers ultimate safety and piece of mind.”

The new Worldstream DDoS Shield powered by intelligent clustering technology is available now for new clients as well as Worldstream’s existing customers - to automatically monitor, detect and filter malicious Internet traffic and protect digital and business assets against the largest and most-advanced DDoS threats. Worldstream’s new DDoS Shield solution features real-time traffic insights, and default as well as custom-made anti-DDoS profiling. The DDoS Shield solution is backed by and operating within the environment of the company’s high-bandwidth global network backbone.

Custom Clustering Technology

“As the number of dedicated servers under management in our data centers and the volume of our worldwide Internet network traffic have grown massively lately, we needed a better-scaling technology to power our anti-DDoS capabilities,” said Tim Vollebregt, Network Director of Worldstream. “At the same time, we wanted to modernize and further enhance the technology stack behind our anti-DDoS solution. Off-the-shelf products available on the global market were not meeting our demanding and high-scalability anti-DDoS requirements though, so it took our R&D and Network teams about a year to come up with current intelligent clustering-based solution.”

“Intelligent clustering is a technique in which given interrelated details in Internet traffic get divided into groups called clusters and analyzed as such,” added Mr. Vollebregt. “Based on smart clustering algorithms and a multi-tier approach, we are subsequently able to handle the highest volumes of bandwidth in a sophisticated and highly scalable manner. This intelligent, multi-tiered clustering technology truly fits our high-bandwidth volume requirements. Traditional off-the-shelf products were only analyzing and validating inbound traffic when it comes to high-bandwidth usage. By developing our own intelligent anti-DDoS technology, we’re now able to analyze inbound as well as outbound traffic during a DDoS attack. This maximizes the DDoS-detection accuracy for the overall traffic flow of our high-bandwidth clients.”

“With the new Worldstream DDoS Shield platform we’re able to handle all kinds of current and future DDoS threats, the high-profile attacks as well as the smaller, sneakier ‘under the radar’ attacks,” added Mr. Vollebregt. “We can scale the anti-DDoS platform on the fly and easily capitalize on the latest DDoS trends. Our Network and R&D teams will have to keep working on it continuously, but the management controls in place allow for quick and flexible responses to evolving and new threat developments.”