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Bandwidth Bites Back

Internet connectivity we all use it. And, as NDCF is not yet in bestseller paperback form, you are reading this article thanks to it.

Yes, accessing the Internet is becoming as simple as turning on the television. But, as with most things, there’s a catch.

The broadband boom means additional technology investment to support it, including more servers, routers, switches, and so on. That, in turn, means more electrical power and cooling... not exactly more good news for data center managers! (See The Heat Is On.)

What it also means is an additional investment in software to protect against distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks, which occur when a system is flooded with incoming messages. This is a strange one, because Internet service providers (ISPs) don’t really want to encourage the defense against DDOS attacks.

This is because an attack is launched by literally saturating the network with traffic, which means that the ISP gets more revenue as usage increases. However, this doesn't take into account the frustration that DDOS attacks cause customers. As a result, reputable providers and ISPs are taking this matter very seriously indeed. Broadband providers beware! Ignore DDOS at your peril! Yeaagh!

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