Attacks are constantly evolving. Most companies only see a small fraction of global DDoS traffic, but some cloud service providers see significant amounts of traffic and can therefore detect new types of DDoS attacks as they appear, create new rules to detect these attacks, and make the rules available to all their customers globally.
The global scale of the Akamai Intelligent Platform™ allows the company to gather extensive anti-DDoS intelligence. As large as it is, the Akamai Intelligent Platform is constantly growing, providing customers with the scale and performance necessary to defend against the largest network- and application-layer attacks. Similarly, Akamai’s Prolexic Routed DDoS protection service has the largest DDoS attack mitigation platform in the world, capable handling attack traffic of 2.8 Tbps (terabits per second).