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February 14, 2019

On Monday, January 14th DCspine in collaboration with the Dutch National Internet Providers Management Organisation (NBIP) held a second joint seminar for internet and cloud service providers about the future of connectivity and DDoS-mitigation. The joint seminars are held with groups of 20 attendees to create an intimate setting to have interactive discussions about current and future developments regarding datacenter- and cloud connectivity and security.

Fending off DDoS-attacks

The seminar was kicked off by Octavia de Weerdt, managing director of NBIP. NBIP is a non for profit collaboration of a few hundred Dutch internet service providers and other organizations that have joined forces to combat DDoS-attacks. This has resulted in the national DDoS-scrubbing center, which mitigates DDoS-attacks for all connected members as they happen.

“Since the founding of the national scrubbing center we have successfully mitigated on average of 800 DDoS-attacks a year. These attacks come in all sizes and levels of sophistication. Our members do not have to invest in expertise and mitigation hardware individually, but are able to pool their resources which makes DDoS-mitigation far more effective.”

One of the main reasons NBIP started the scrubbing center was the fact that DDoS-prevention and mitigation hardware, when used by individual organizations, has a steep CAPEX and is not used very often. So why not pool resources and centralize DDoS-mitigation? “Since the founding of the national scrubbing center we have successfully mitigated on average of 800 DDoS-attacks a year. These attacks come in all sizes and levels of sophistication. Our members do not have to invest in expertise and mitigation hardware individually, but are able to pool their resources which makes DDoS-mitigation far more effective.” De Weerdt said. She also noted that NBIP is expanding the scrubbing center to other European countries.

Service providers confirm demand for DCspine as rapid cloud service delivery platform

After De Weerdt’s well received presentation, Jan Michiel Berkel, director of DCspine, took the stage. He elaborated on the DCspine platform and future plans, such as the possibilities to further innovate on connectivity and the planned expansion to Belgium.

Numerous attendees noted that the ease of use of the platform had enabled them to offer their services in new geographies. For example, a local connectivity and service provider with a very dense local network was able to serve customers outside its geography using the DCspine platform. This enabled lower thresholds to create positive business cases as of the first customer.

“If DCspine is able to create added value by making it easier and faster to provision our services to customers we would very much like to increase our cooperation with DCspine and be available in a partner section of their online portal.”

A lively discussion ensued about the possibility of offering partner services through the DCspine platform. This is certainly something DCspine will consider, but always driven by demand from our service provider customers, Berkel said, adding that the platform can offer an attractive sales channel for parties connected to DCspine. Service providers agreed: 

“If DCspine is able to create added value by making it easier and faster to provision our services to customers we would very much like to increase our cooperation with DCspine and be available in a partner section of their online portal.”

Berkel noted that the services of NBIP’s national scrubbing center are already available on DCspine PoPs. We are looking to further intensify our cooperation by jointly developing an easier way for NBIP’s customers to use their services.

Live DDoS-Attack shows attendees the risks of an attack and possibilities for DDoS mitigation

Pim van Stam of NBIP provided a demo of a Memcached amplified DDoS-attack, noting that DDoS-attacks have become more complex. Although data volumes remain important, attack vectors are becoming more important, which makes DDoS-attacks more difficult to fend off. As a closing note, Pim van Stam pointed out that students seem to have a lot of free time at their hands, as most attackers are in their late teens or early twenties.

Given the success of the seminar, it is almost certain there will be a sequel this year, so make sure to check our website or social media regularly!

On Monday January 14th DCspine in collaboration with the Dutch National Internet Providers Management Organisation (NBIP) held a second joint seminar for internet and cloud service providers about the future of connectivity and DDoS-mitigation. The joint seminars are held with groups of 20 attendees to create an intimate setting to have interactive discussions about current and future developments regarding datacenter- and cloud connectivity and security.