Akamai Technologies, an American content delivery network (CDN), is constructing a scrubbing center and cloud data center in Auckland as part of its global investment strategy.
The facilities will offer on-site assistance to Akamai’s New Zealand customers so they may more quickly adopt cloud computing while defending against distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks.
The scrubbing center will enhance Akamai’s worldwide security ecosystem and serve as a buffer between computer networks and the internet to filter hazardous traffic, such as DDoS attacks, in order to defend them from cyberattacks.
According to Dr Tom Leighton, co-founder and CEO of Akamai Technologies, DDoS attacks have increased in frequency and severity across the world in recent years, particularly in the last two years targeting New Zealand’s critical infrastructure. Thus, New Zealand would significantly increase Akamai’s ability to protect customers and enterprises from cyberattacks.
“Akamai is committed to building scrubbing centers that enhance our global presence and solidify our attack mitigation posture,” said Leighton.
Leighton asserted that having a presence in New Zealand and being near to the activities being observed will enable Akamai to offer its customers the best round-the-clock defense.
A new, software defined Prolexic architecture that minimizes reliance on third-party hardware and enables faster installation and distribution while maintaining compatibility for Routed 3.0 zoning will also be featured in the Auckland scrubbing center.
Moreover, Akamai will establish a large-scale core cloud computing facility in Auckland, which will strengthen and support regional cloud infrastructure.
Throughout the Asia Pacific and Japan region, four additional enterprise-scale core cloud computing sites, including Auckland, will be added as part of Akamai’s recently established Connected Cloud program.
The new sites will plug into Akamai’s backbone and connect them to what Akamai said was the most distributed edge network on the planet. The new sites will also include cloud computing services that Akamai has purchased from Linode. These will serve as models for other core websites that Akamai aims to launch globally.
“New Zealand is a mature cloud market, and Akamai has many valued customers here. The center is key to our goal of bringing basic cloud computing capabilities into difficult-to reach-locations currently underserved by traditional cloud providers,” said Leighton.