CloudFlare CEO Talks About Fighting Off Largest Recorded DDoS Attack

VIDEO: Matthew Prince, CEO and co-founder of CloudFlare, talks about defending against a 100G-bps attack and what it takes to build a modern, scalable cloud platform.

In March of this year, cyber-attackers launched the largest distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack against the Internet ever reported. At the heart of efforts to blunt that attack was the CloudFlare platform, which was able to successfully defend against the massive onslaught and keep its clients online throughout the epic attack.

How did CloudFlare do it? In a video interview with eWEEK, CloudFlare CEO, Matthew Prince describes the tools, techniques and processes his firm used to defend against the immense attack.

Prince isn't resting on his laurels either. Since the time of the attack, CloudFlare has continued to build out its Domain Name Server (DNS) and Web application firewall (WAF) capabilities.

In terms of challenges, Prince said that his biggest concern is mostly growth-related. Currently, CloudFlare's platform is spread across 23 facilities around the world, with a goal of being in 50 facilities by the end of 2013. On top of all that, CloudFlare currently has what Prince referred to as a "small team."

"There has never before been a company in history that has done one billion page views per employee; we do three billion," Prince said. "So the scale we operate at is massive company scale, but we have a small team."

Watch the full video interview with Matthew Prince below:

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner is an Internet consultant, strategist, and contributor to several leading IT business web sites.