Alibaba, PCCW join forces to provide cloud-based anti-DDoS products

Alibaba Cloud, the cloud computing arm of Alibaba Group, and PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT have joined forces o provide cloud based anti-DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) security products to enterprises.

The two companies have cooperated to provide network and IDC (Internet Data Center) services in Hong Kong since June 2015. The new collaboration will deliver Alibaba Cloud’s world-class anti-DDoS products to international business customers through PCCW Global.

Alibaba Cloud’s anti-DDoS products sold and distributed through PCCW Global will offer businesses comprehensive protection against all types of DDoS threats, including complex layer 7 application-level attacks. The automatic cloud-based service monitors compliance violations and security breaches to provide real-time threat visibility.

Marc Halbfinger, Chief Executive Officer of PCCW Global, said, “Adding Alibaba Cloud’s security products to our threat identification systems will offer enterprises a holistic perspective of complete security needs.”

Sicheng Yu, Vice President of Alibaba Group and General Manager of Alibaba Cloud Global, said, “It is a great collaboration to empower both of our customers in Hong Kong and Asia by leveraging Alibaba Cloud’s robust cloud security capability and PCCW Global’s expertise in international network.”

Alibaba Cloud’s cloud platform has a proven track record in handling extremely high traffic levels which can easily be a target for DDoS attacks. Alibaba Cloud’s success in processing a peak order volume of over 140,000 orders per second during Alibaba Group’s 11.11 Global Shopping Festival last year is a powerful validation of Alibaba Cloud’s security reliability.

DDoS attacks occur when multiple systems are used to flood the access capacity of a targeted system. In recent years, sophisticated DDoS attacks have increased in frequency, size and complexity. Alibaba Cloud successfully thwarted one of the world’s largest cyberattacks on December 20, 2014, protecting a gaming app company from a 14-hour long DDoS attack with peak attacking traffic of 453.8 gigabits per second.