CUPERTINO, CA (ots)
- New XT Series Appliances Combine
Industry-Leading Performance and "Zombie Killer" Technologies to
Defend Against Widest Range of Massively Distributed Attacks
Riverhead Networks, a leading provider of solutions that detect
and block distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks to preserve
business continuity for ISPs, data centers and large enterprises,
today announced its next-generation product family that delivers the
industry's highest-performance solutions for defending against the
most powerful DDoS attacks.
Two new products -- the Riverhead Guard XT and the Riverhead
Detector XT -- deliver multi-gigabit protection that defends the
largest enterprises and service providers against the highest-
volume, most sophisticated DDoS attacks. That performance, combined
with new Zombie Killer technologies that identify and block hundreds
of thousands of attackers, enable businesses to protect their
mission-critical applications to maintain business continuity.
"For Rackspace, it is absolutely critical that we detect and block
all types of DDoS attacks for our PrevenTier managed service
customers," says Paul Froutan, vice president of Engineering,
Rackspace Managed Hosting. "Because attacks are constantly changing
and evolving, we need a solution that allows us to keep pace and
defeat the latest and largest-scale attacks. Riverhead Networks has
consistently demonstrated its ability to anticipate attack trends and
deliver solutions that address those trends. With the XT products in
place, Rackspace is well-prepared to meet the growing DDoS challenge,
which allows us to continue delivering the superior service for which
we are known."
Attacks on the Rise
DDoS attacks are increasing in both frequency and severity. A
recent survey by the Computer Security Institute (CSI) and the FBI
found that DDoS attacks were the second most common cyber attack --
and the only one to increase -- in 2003.
"Hackers are constantly modifying their attacks to evade or
overwhelm defenses and do the most damage," says Eric Ogren, senior
analyst at Yankee Group. "As a result, businesses are ill-equipped to
deal with these evolving attacks using traditional defenses of
firewalls, routers and intrusion detection systems. What they need
are intelligent, purpose-built network integrity solutions that can
detect today's most advanced DDoS attacks, identify the malicious
traffic, and block those packets while allowing legitimate
transactions to pass. The Riverhead XT products deliver those
capabilities, offering the performance that large enterprises and
service providers need to protect their infrastructures."
Highest Performance DDoS Protection
The Riverhead products provide complete detection and mitigation
capabilities. When a DDoS attack is launched, the Riverhead Detector
XT, which constantly monitors traffic flows, recognizes the threat
and immediately alerts the Riverhead Guard XT. The Guard XT, deployed
off upstream routers or switches, then begins diverting traffic
addressed to the target to apply a series of patent-pending
technologies and algorithms based on Riverhead's unique
Multi-Verification Process(tm) (MVP) architecture to identify and
remove malicious packet flows while allowing legitimate transactions
The XT products feature high-performance hardware that can process
Gigabit attacks at full line speeds with minimal latency, ensuring
uncompromised business operations even while under severe attack
conditions. The XT products also support a unique multi-device
architecture that provides incremental capacity scaling for attack
protection in excess of 10 gigabits per second.
Blocking Massive Zombie Attacks
Riverhead's Zombie Killer technologies deliver another first: the
ability to identify and block more than 100,000 zombie attackers,
defeating one of the most prevalent and difficult-to-stop DDoS attack
sources. In a multi-device deployment, the XT products can detect and
block hundreds of thousands of zombies, delivering unparalleled
levels of protection against the largest botnet attacks.
Monitoring and Reporting
The Riverhead XT products also feature the latest MVP/OS software,
version 3.0, which adds new monitoring and reporting capabilities
that provide simple, robust operational management, as well as
standards-based integration into existing network management
environments (see the "Riverhead Networks Delivers New Management,
Monitoring and Reporting Capabilities for DDoS Attack Detection &
Mitigation" press release dated Jan. 26, 2004).
Riverhead Product Family
The Riverhead Guard XT and the Riverhead Detector XT complement
the existing Riverhead product family with a high-performance
solution targeted at large enterprises and service providers.
For smaller enterprises or service providers, Riverhead continues
to offer the Riverhead Guard and Riverhead Detector, which also
utilize the MVP/OS 3.0 operating system to deliver the same
management features as the XT products.
Pricing and Availability
The Riverhead Guard XT and Riverhead Detector XT are available and
shipping now. Pricing starts at $40,000 (U.S. list).
About Riverhead Networks
Riverhead defends networks against crippling DDoS and worm
attacks, securing Internet availability. By identifying and filtering
out malicious traffic, the company's security systems ensure business
continuity for ISPs, hosting centers and large enterprises,
maintaining network and server availability for legitimate users.
Riverhead's patent-pending Multi-Verification Process (MVP)
architecture automatically blocks attack packets and forwards real
customer transactions, without relying on other network devices.
"Dynamic diversion" enables Riverhead to redirect only traffic
flowing towards a targeted resource through the Riverhead Guard to
block malicious packets, maximizing scalability and reliability
Founded in 2000, privately-held Riverhead Networks is funded by
Sequoia Capital, Cisco Systems, Gemini Israel Funds, Intel Capital
and Koor Venture Capital. For more information about Riverhead, visit
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