Cisco Integrates Arbor’s DDoS Mitigation into CRS Router

In a move to make the network more secure, Cisco has agreed to a deal with Arbor Networks to license DDoS (distributed denial of service) mitigation capabilities for its CRS Router. Cisco licensed Peakflow SP Threat Management System from Arbor Networks.

Arbor's Peakflow platform combines network-wide anomaly detection and traffic engineering with carrier-class threat mitigation that automatically detects and surgically removes attack traffic, while maintaining other traffic. With the ability to mitigate only the attack traffic, customer-facing services remain available while providers actively mitigate attacks.

"More than 12 years ago, Cisco was an original investor in Arbor," said Arbor Networks President Colin Doherty. "Cisco NetFlow has always been a key data source for Arbor solutions. Cisco Clean Pipes 2.0 is another example of the close relationship that leverages each company's technology to bring about a better combined solution for DDoS protection."

Defining the Solution

With the Arbor license, Cisco is rolling out the Carrier Grade Service Engine (CGSE) DDos Mitigation software. Cisco describes it as single-slot module supported on its carrier-class routing system, the Cisco CRS-1.

By embedding Arbor's DDoS mitigation technology within the CRS router, Cisco said, service providers can stop DDoS attacks at the backbone or peering/transit edge of the network. That eliminates the need to reroute attack traffic to dedicated scrubbing centers. According to Cisco, this approach helps protect core bandwidth and infrastructure while easing logistics and operational expenses associated with DDoS attack protection.

The combined solution also helps protect the network backbone and services offered by the service provider against attacks originating from both the outside and the inside of the service provider network. Cisco said service providers can also leverage the solution to offer revenue-generating managed DDoS mitigation services to enterprise customers.

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