When it comes to hosting sites and services on the internet there is an aspect that, all too often, is overlooked. What I’m referring to is distributed Denial of Service attacks.
A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is an attempt to make an online service unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic from multiple sources. They target a wide variety of important resources, from banks to news websites, and present a major challenge to making sure people can publish and access important information.
While many site hosting providers simply ignore the issue, by making sure to not mention the subject, they are doing a great disservice to their customers. Other site hosting providers will avoid doing right by their customers by way of minimizing curious customers concerns. They often do this by telling customers that “ddos attacks are provoked occurrences” alluding to the outright lie that as long as you site doesn’t contain possibly offensive material, and as the owner of the site you don’t cause some type of personal quarrel with a tech savvy acquaintance in real life, then you simply have nothing to worry about. Make no mistake about it, ddos attacks are often unprovoked. The list of scenarios, that I’ve personally witnessed, in which a site can find itself at the bad end of such an attack are too many to mention.
Orbital underground [HD] Productions offer many solutions to our clients with regards to ddos attacks. At one point every service offered came with the peace of mind that comes with being filtered at the uplink. The truth is that true filtering, as opposed to mitigation, carries a cost. The cost has continued to increase to the point where it just isn’t feasible to offer such uplink filtering without the cost of a service rising. There are enough small scale, and personal SaaS items that do not carry a legit warrant to be filtered that we decided to offer separate price points for the unfiltered vs. filtered services. We also began offering scalable solutions on the filtered side of our offerings, a little protection vs a whole lot of protection you could say.
More to follow on this topic. Contact us with any questions.