Cloud service provider Akamai Technologies announced in mid-December that it has opened a new Japan data center in an attempt to more effectively defend against distributed denial-of-service attacks.
The new facility is part of an ongoing expansion of Akamai’s data center portfolio. The company’s global network has a focus on high capacity, regional DDoS scrubbing centers. These types of attacks are used to render a target website unavailable by sending an overwhelming amount of fake requests. The most reliable way to defend against DDoS attacks is to reroute all incoming traffic to a specialized provider with the ability to filter out the malicious traffic. When a DDoS attack against one of Akamai’s clients’ websites is identified, all incoming traffic is scrubbed before being returned back to the client’s network.
“This new state-of-the-art data center improves network performance for our clients in Japan while significantly increasing network capacity in the Asia Pacific region,” said John Summers, vice president of Akamai Technologies’ security business unit. “Locating another scrubbing center in Japan also enables more clients to access Akamai’s global DDoS mitigation network.”
The Asia Pacific region has seen a dramatic increase in DDoS attacks over the last 18 months, and it appears this trend will continue into the new year. In the third quarter of 2014, average peak bandwidth of DDoS attacks increased 80 percent over the second quarter and 389 percent over the same time last year. By locating regional data centers near the origin points of these attacks, network performance is dramatically increased.
Akamai Technologies is working on new sites to continue the expansion of its global network in 2015, including another Japan data center and another in the EMEA region.
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