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Ep. 41: Akamai Prolexic Outage Analysis + Takeaways

By Angelique Medina
| June 24, 2021 | 2 min read

Summary

I’m joined by ThousandEyes’ BGP expert, Kemal Sanjta, to review the June 17th outage of Prolexic Routed, a DDoS Mitigation Service operated by Akamai.


This is The Internet Report, where we uncover what’s working and what’s breaking on the Internet—and why. I’m joined by ThousandEyes’ BGP expert, Kemal Sanjta, to review the June 17th outage of Prolexic Routed, a DDoS Mitigation Service operated by Akamai. According to a statement from Akamai, the outage was not due to a DDoS attack or system update, but instead a routing table limitation that was inadvertently exceeded.

In this episode, Kemal and I analyzed what happened and how customers of Akamai Prolexic who had automated failover mechanisms in place were able to recover more quickly than those that had to manually switch over to other providers. Watch this episode to learn more about this outage, and how different operational processes resulted in very different service outcomes.


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