Third-Party Services for Web Hosts and LulzSec Details with Matthew Prince of CloudFlare

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Matthew Prince, co-founder of CloudFlare (www.cloudflare.com), spoke about different services that hosts can use to improve service and lower costs in his presentation on Monday afternoon at HostingCon 2011.

Perhaps the most interesting part of the presentation, albeit a bit off topic, was near the end of the session when Prince revealed the analytics of CloudFlare’s possibly most infamous customer: hacker group LulzSec.

The WHIR spoke to Prince in June about LulzSec, so learning the details behind the website showed how third-party services like CloudFlare can help mitigate DDoS attacks, improving security and performance.

According to Prince, the LulzSec website had 18 million legitimite page views over 23 days. LulzSec had seven different hosts over 23 days, initially in Montreal. He says the other hosts were based in Malaysia, several US-based hosts, and ultimately had a German hosting provider.

Before going in to detail about LulzSec, Prince named five third-party services that CloudFlare uses, all of them cloud-based and pay-per-use models, including Server Density, Wormly, Loggly, Pager Duty and CodeGuard.

These services, mostly geared toward monitoring and troubleshooting, are services that can also a value-add for web hosts to sell customers, Prince says.

A lot of these services, Prince says, are try-before-you-buy so there is no commitment if you don’t like it.

Both cloud-based and pay-per-use services can be attractive to hosting providers because of the low-cost commitment.

Prince says CloudFlare offers a free version as well.

CloudFlare is in the midst of launching an IPv6 to IPv4 gateway, as well as an IPv4 to IPv6 gateway that is provisioned with a simple DNS change.

The company is also launching a pilot later this month for hosting providers. If you are interested in participating, visit the CloudFlare HostingCon booth.

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