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What is Arbor DDoS?

Arbor Networks, the security division of NETSCOUT, is driven to protect the infrastructure and ecosystem of the internet. It is the principle upon which we were founded in 2000; and remains the common thread that runs through all that we do today. Arbor’s approach is rooted in the study of network traffic. Arbor’s suite of visibility, DDoS protection and advanced threat solutions provide customers with a micro view of their network enhanced by a macro view of global internet traffic and emerging threats through our ATLAS infrastructure. Sourced from more than 300 service provider customers, ATLAS delivers intelligence based on insight into approximately 1/3 of global internet traffic. Supported by Arbor’s Security Engineering & Response Team (ASERT), smart workflows and rich user context, Arbor’s network insights help customers see, understand and solve the most complex and consequential security challenges facing their organizations.

Arbor DDoS is also known as Arbor Networks SP, Arbor Networks TMS, Arbor Cloud for ENT.

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Pricing Advice

What users are saying about Arbor DDoS pricing:
  • "Arbor is striking a good balance between pricing and what they deliver."
  • "There is room for improvement with the pricing. It is an expensive solution. The issue with the pricing is more the way it is built. Right now we're paying per router, and there's a limitation there. I would like to see bundle-pricing where there is an overall solution cost."
  • "The solution is a bit costly if you're a small organization, but I think it's worth the price that they are charging."
  • "We do not use the Arbor Cloud DDoS solution because it is too costly."
  • "You need to find a way to get a good offering from Arbor by negotiating a price. That is the challenge."
  • "Arbor DDoS is quite expensive, but all these solutions are expensive because they deal with confidential information."

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Roman Lara
Sr. Security Engineer at Rackspace
Real User
Top 20
With automatic flow specs we're able to drop that traffic before it even enters into our network

What is our primary use case?

We're a hosting company and, in this industry, it's inevitable that you're going to be attacked. We originally purchased the product back in early 2000 for the SQL monitoring. Over the years, DDoS has become a nuisance for other companies we're hosting as well. We had originally purchased it just for internal use, and to predict our own internal infrastructure. But we found an avenue to offer it to our customers as well. It has just grown from there. It's on-prem to protect our own infrastructure, as well as in the product that we sell to our customers to protect their services. We have a… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "We use it not only for DDoS detection and protection, but we also use it for traffic analysis and capacity planning as well. We've also been able to extend the use of it to other security measures within our company, the front-line defense, not only for DDoS, but for any kind of scanning malware that may be picked up. It's also used for outbound attacks, which has helped us mitigate those and lower our bandwidth costs..."
  • "I would also like more visibility into their bad actor feeds, their fingerprint feeds. We try to be good stewards of the internet, so if there are attacks, or bad actors within our networks, if there were an easier way for us to find them, we could stop them from doing their malicious activity, and at the same time save money."

What other advice do I have?

Talk with their sales engineers and understand the different uses of Arbor. If you're just looking just for a pure DDoS product, there may be other solutions within Arbor that are better to use, or different feeds that may be beneficial. Maybe you're more into capacity planning or peering analysis, and there are other things in addition to those that you can do with Arbor. If you're buying it for DDoS, you still do capacity planning and peer evaluation for the same cost using the same license. But what I've found with other people that use the product is they're single-use. Some buy it for…
TP
Assistant General Manager at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
The Cloud subscription makes the scalability limitless and you secure yourself for anything beyond your current mitigation capacity

What is our primary use case?

We are a telecom service provider. We provide services to our enterprise customers in India and compliment these services with security layer as a part of our security services. Being a part of the solution design team, I have been interacting with customers and creating solutions for them to fulfill their requirements. One of the products that we have in our offerings portfolio is around security, which is complimenting our connectivity portfolio. We provide this from Arbor platform, which we have deployed in our network. We have taken the hybrid model from Arbor, and there was a physical… more »

Pros and Cons

  • "We have taken on the Arbor Cloud subscription, which is really useful because you secure yourself for anything beyond your current mitigation capacity. This is a really good feature of Arbor that is available."
  • "There is always room for improvement for any product or service. If we can bring in more agility when deploying services, that is definitely a scope which we can work towards. Nowadays, everything is being offered as a service model. It is not that we have to deploy the physical hardware, many things move up to the cloud, or even can be delivered in the VNS form in the customer's environment as well. So, in that space, if we can add more features to make it more seamless for customers to use and make it available through some marketplace, not only at the hyperscalers, but also for any on-prem deployment, that definitely would be a big plus."

What other advice do I have?

It is not just about the features alone, it is about how smoothly you will be able to deploy the solution, e.g., the availability of the product and how the OEM is maintaining the relationship with its customer. There are multiple factors that need to be considered. "This is not just a one-time sale. It's about how easily the systems are available, and how well your partner is able to support you and provide lifecycle management."
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Erik Nordquist
Product Manager, MSx Security Services at TPx Communications
MSP
Top 20
Forensics enable us to look at logs, to see anomalies, and they give us information we might not have about customers

What is our primary use case?

We're a managed service provider as well as an internet service provider. We use it to protect our core network from DDoS attacks, and by protecting our core network we can also protect our end customers. We're in the process of migrating to the newest version, currently. We use the solution in our physical environment, but we also take advantage of their cloud offering.

Pros and Cons

  • "It is fully mitigating the attacks. We've dealt with other ones where we didn't necessarily see that. The detection is very good. It's also very simple to use. Arbor is a single pane of glass, whereas with other solutions you might have a detection pane of glass and then have to go to a separate interface to deal with the mitigation. That single pane of glass makes it much simpler."

    What other advice do I have?

    Work with Arbor. They have great people to help you make sure it's implemented correctly. And they also have a great training team to help you understand the solution and use it to its fullest advantages. The biggest thing I have learned from using the solution is seeing all the different types of denial of service attacks that are out there. I have come to understand that they will come in waves and that certain types of customers are more prone to attack than others. It also lets us understand traffic flows on our network, as far as the usual traffic goes. We can understand what our network…
    Manohar  Rajoria
    Sr. Manager at a energy/utilities company with 10,001+ employees
    Real User
    Top 10
    Traffic filtering is very precise: When you want to stop some traffic, you precisely stop that traffic

    What is our primary use case?

    It is our ISP, from where we get our internet traffic. We just send it to them and if anything is suspicious or there is some malicious traffic, we talk to them about what kind of traffic it is. If some machine or some router is being attacked by a malicious user, we try to find out the source IP and why this traffic is coming to us. The Arbor solution is deployed on their premises. We just ask them to control or just stop that traffic. They do the filtration. They provide us all the required details to mitigate an attack on any particular machine.

    Pros and Cons

    • "The most valuable features include the traffic categorization and control of the traffic. The filtering of the traffic is very precise. When you want to stop some traffic, you precisely stop that traffic."
    • "On the application layer, they could have a better distributed traffic flow. They could improve that a bit. For network data it is very effective, but the application layer can be improved."

    What other advice do I have?

    Arbor's hybrid approach to DDoS protection is both an advantage and a disadvantage. Sometimes it is not able to filter traffic adequately because of the hybrid approach. It only takes action after a bit of time. It starts acting on malicious traffic a little bit late because of the hybrid approach. On the other hand, after seeing all the aspects, the analysis is sensible and perfect. So it depends on from which side we look at this feature. Network layer DDoS attacks are absolutely big. DDoS attacks cannot be mitigated instantly, it takes time. You have to be very aware of your network and…
    RM
    Network Security Architecture at a financial services firm with 501-1,000 employees
    Real User
    Top 20
    Gives us visibility into what's going on with our publicly exposed services - hits; both good and bad.

    What is our primary use case?

    We are using it for application availability, for its perimeter protection against DDoS and such service-exhausting attacks. Our goal is service availability and protecting our infrastructure against reputational damage and other penalties that could be incurred as a result of outages and malicious activities.

    Pros and Cons

    • "The auto-mitigation, that signaling feature, where it automatically raises an alarm that a line is under attack, is important. The upstream service provider will then do something to reduce the load on our internet lines. The fact that it's automated means I don't have to sit and always be looking at threats coming through. It does it almost automatically, without any intervention by me."

      What other advice do I have?

      My advice is "Go for it." It's a great tool. If you're concerned about the availability of your services, I highly recommend it, without any hesitation. If you regard your brand or organization as valuable, then Arbor is the tool for you.
      AS
      Engineer at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
      Real User
      Top 10
      Performs great at protecting our customers against attacks

      What is our primary use case?

      Our business is to provide a DDoS protection solution for our customers. Our customers are banks, financial groups, etc. We might develop some DDoS protection services for our customers under our Internet umbrella. We detect and filter traffic using Arbor DDoS in our network. We use it as a BGP or prompt, as a telecom service provider. We have SP and TMS, and that is all our architecture. We resell on-premise the Arbor edition and install at our customers' site, specifically the Availability Protection System (APS) system.

      Pros and Cons

      • "There were huge attacks in October, around 62 attacks at 30 gigabits per second, at one of our banks. We used Arbor DDoS to mitigate these attacks, and it performed great."
      • "We need a SaaS model for the solution."

      What other advice do I have?

      I would recommend using Arbor DDoS. We will buy the next version on virtual machines. We will buy a server separately with the on-premise solution, then install it on our servers where it would be virtual. We have been thinking about creating our own DDoS solution using firewalls from other vendors. We are looking to buy two distributed servers this year that we will need to test locally. I would rate this solution as an eight (out of 10). Arbor DDoS is a stable solution that fulfills our requirements for DDoS protection services.
      WF
      Manager IP Core and Transmission Networks at GO PLC
      Real User
      Top 5Leaderboard
      You can be in a better position to mitigate and find alternatives when there is an attack

      What is our primary use case?

      My company is a quad-play operator service provider in Malta. We use it for our own internal infrastructure and clients, where we use both always-on and on-demand. Our partner has an in-house deployment and can upload it to the cloud as well. This helps to minimize the costs. With in-house deployment, the cost will increase significantly. So, this hybrid approach is advantageous.

      Pros and Cons

        • "When it comes to some false positives, we need to tweak the system from time to time. There is room for improvement when it comes to the actual mitigation because of some false positives."

        What other advice do I have?

        Overall, I would rate this solution as an eight (out of 10), the reporting as a 10 (out of 10), and the mitigation as a five to eight (out of 10).
        PL
        Traffic Management skill center at a comms service provider with 10,001+ employees
        Real User
        Top 20
        A good tool for threat detection and mitigation, but implementation could be more open

        What is our primary use case?

        As an operator, we use Arbor antiDDoS system to protect our backbone, protecting the network and our assets like DNS.I'm involved in the validation and testing of the solution. The solution is installed in our lab, with a simulated full network. We can send some regular traffic as well as DDOS traffic, using some testing tools like IXIA system and opensource tools. For testing, we simulate some regular traffic, as background traffic, and we added some attacks on the network with attack tools. We can monitor what's sent to the network, and we can monitor what's received by the victim. In this… more »

        Pros and Cons

        • "I like all the features together as a whole."
        • "Implementation could be better."

        What other advice do I have?

        I would advise potential users to try the NETSCOUT Arbor DDoS system but also to check on other solutions. On a scale from one to ten, I would give Arbor DDoS a seven.
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