July 3, 2016
How Remote DDoS Protection Works
Remote DDoS protection is a service that provides protection for a website without the added complexity and difficulty of having to change your existing hosting arrangement. Despite how complicated it sounds like it might be, it is actually quite a simple. Remote DDoS protection works by redirecting the DDoS traffic that is attacking your IP to the IP of the service provider. This protection effectively draws the attack away from your website and onto the service providers dedicated IPs that then bear the brunt of the attack, but do not actually host any content to be interrupted.
This protection has two purposes. First, it hides the actual IP of your website from the people engaging in the attack. Second, it allows normal traffic to flow to your website through their mitigation system.
Here is an example of the typical process:
Your ISP provider issues you a fresh IP address that is sent to the service provider. The provider uses the new IP to replace your old one.
From this point forward, your website IP will actually be the service provider’s, and they will receive all of the traffic that is flowing to your site, filter the genuine traffic toward your site and filter the DDoS traffic to a dedicated receiving server. Most providers use eu dedicated servers to receive the malicious DDoS traffic and redirect it harmlessly. Your visitors will not even notice as this occurs.
The Advantages of Remote DDoS Protection
The biggest advantage from remote DDoS protection is that you at no point need to transfer your actual website hosting. This allows the protection to be provided quickly and easily, often within the first few minutes of an attack.
The second advantage is a significant saving in cost over using a dedicated DDoS protected server throughout the year. If you only experience rare and infrequent attacks, then relying on the occasional remote service represents big savings compared to using a full-time service. Remote providers are the service of choice for most small and medium internet businesses.
Disadvantages of Remote DDoS Protection
As with anything, there are some disadvantages to using remote DDoS protection services. First, you need to pay for hosting and protection separately, unlike in the case of one dedicated protected server. For the larger and more serious internet companies, it is usually better to combine hosting and protection in one service, to ensure the most stable protection from DDoS and other forms of cyber-attacks. The added expense is justified by the vulnerability of large and complex online businesses.
Should You Get Remote DDoS Protection?
Remote DDoS protection is good for those situations where you do not have existing protection and need to get back online fast. In these cases, the cost of the service is easily justified by the revenue or customers saved from redeploying stable service quickly. This is the best option for people who rarely experience DDoS attacks, and do not expect any attacks on specific events or dates. On the other hand, if even momentary interruptions are a major threat to your online business or if you are the target of regular attacks, then a dedicated server is the better option.