Web hosting provider Host Virtual announced on Monday that it has introduced a DDoS protection service for its hosting customers in the US, Europe and South Asia, based on solutions from DDoS mitigation solutions provider Black Lotus Communications.
Host Virtual offers VPS hosting, providing customers virtual servers that support both IPv4 and IPv6, out of 11 data center locations in Europe, Asia and North America.
The company doesn’t specify in the announcement the exact nature of the relationship, Black Lotus launched a partner program designed for hosting providers last year, known as the Availability Assurance Partner Program.
Whereas the company previously sold mitigation services in a way that required hosting providers to build the cost into their business models, the AP2 program enables hosting providers to start delivering the service to customers without any up-front investment, and to earn a revenue-share based on the protection they sell.
“As a long time Black Lotus customer, we’re pleased to partner with them to offer DDoS protection services.” says Sandy Bhargavi, senior vice president of Host Virtual, quoted in the press release. “Services powered by our AnyCast Cloud IaaS platform and protected by Black Lotus give our customers an easy way to deploy DDoS protected cloud servers within a few minutes.”
Denial of service has, in the past several years, gone from being a little more obscure to being a preferred tactic of attackers ranging from hacktivists to organized crime. More and more customers of hosting services are aware of the threat posed by DDoS attacks, and are looking for the means to protect their sites.
“We’re seeing increasing incidents of DDoS attacks against company websites, both small and large,” says Jeffrey Lyon, president of Black Lotus, quoted in the press release. “After working with Host Virtual over the past few years we’re pleased to partner with them to offer DDoS protection.”
In addition to more traditional DDoS mitigation techniques, Black Lotus protects the application layer against slower attacks that might otherwise go unnoticed, with its recently patented Human Behavior Analysis technology.
Talk back: Do you have a means in place to protect your hosting customers against DDoS attacks? Have you considered a partner relationship like the one Host Virtual has with Black Lotus? Let us know in the comments section.