StackPath, a rapidly growing provider of secured cloud services built at the cloud’s edge and founded by SoftLayer founder Lance Crosby, has announced the launch of a new network, customer portal, services and more to push the cloud’s edge further.
Since its founding in late 2015, StackPath has acquired six companies with “key security and edge-centric” technologies. ‘StackPath 2.0’ would mark the integration and advancement of these technologies into a “unified, frictionless platform that delivers multiple, inherently-secured edge services,” including edge delivery (for CDN, API acceleration, file distribution, media streaming, and more), a web application firewall, managed DNS, website monitoring, and DDoS mitigation.
“StackPath is building for the future in a sector that is undergoing significant change,” said Philbert Shih, research analyst and managing director at Structure Research. “There are many CDNs and traditional infrastructure service providers that were built in a way and at a time when things like scalability and extensibility were less of a factor. Today, it is crucial to build a platform in a way that is easy to upgrade, scalable and allows new products to be built on top. The openness and flexibility to partner with third parties is a big part of the overall value proposition as well. This is the direction StackPath is moving in as it looks to build a unified secure cloud infrastructure services delivery platform”.
The design and implementation of the new platform would also pave the way for StackPath to enable customers to use its services and technologies to build their own innovative edge services and solutions.
“Our founding mission is to make the Internet safe,” said Lance Crosby, StackPath co-founder, and CEO. “The cloud’s edge is the strategic location for doing just that, but it’s been overlooked and under-developed. It has to evolve. That’s why I’m proud to unveil StackPath 2.0. It’s more than just the next generation of our platform and services. It brings, for the first time, cloud-scale and design all the way to the edge, transforming this critical dimension of the Internet.”
The new StackPath network was built from the ground up using cloud design principles that until now have not been used by edge service providers. These include extensive automation, virtualization capabilities, and “industry-leading” computing, storage, and networking configurations.
Each StackPath network point of presence (PoP) would feature multiple connections with tier-1 network carriers, “premium” peering, and a full infrastructure deployment – as opposed to other providers’ PoPs that might be just a single collocated server. The result would be a global platform that is “secured, performant, scalable, and reliable, capable of delivering every secure edge service from every location and providing rapid deployment of future services.”
Key network details include
- 40 Tbps of global bandwidth on a single platform, with additional planned by end of year
- 45 advanced secure edge PoPs in prime locations, with aggressive expansion scheduled
- full hardware acceleration capabilities deployed in every node
“We’ve focused on scaling the technologies that came from each acquisition and deploying them in a virtualized, flexible manner. When you look at other edge platforms, they’re a Frankenstein of old, single-service architectures,” said Wen Temitim, CTO of StackPath. “We insisted on creating an architecture that supports all of our services and technologies in a single platform that is extensible for all of the services we have in the works. It’s the only way to deliver a better experience for our more than one million customers already on the platform, and establish the scalability needed to meet the threats of tomorrow.”
New Edge Services
Available today, StackPath has released new and expanded versions of the company’s secured edge services, as well as new services the company has not previously offered. These include:
- New Content Delivery Network (CDN) - The new StackPath CDN would consolidate the features and performance of Highwinds’ enterprise-grade CDN; the speed, flexibility, and self-service features of MaxCDN and StackPath SecureCDN; and the built-in security features of SecureCDN such as platform-level DDoS protection and integrated WAF. While integrating the services, the delivery technology was further engineered to make it even more adaptable for developers’ wide and growing range of delivery needs beyond CDN, including API delivery, file/firmware distribution, and video delivery.
- New Web Application Firewall (WAF) - The StackPath WAF has been updated with more advanced functionality, including a custom rules engine that allows WAF administrators to create and manage their own traffic management rules. In addition, for the first time, customers can use StackPath WAF with infrastructure and applications running outside of the company’s platform, providing StackPath protection for third-party services.
- Managed DNS – StackPath now provides global, managed DNS for “secured, fast, and reliable” domain name resolution from the edge. Engineered in-house, StackPath DNS leverages the same global, geographically-distributed Anycast network as other StackPath services, running within the company’s new advanced infrastructure network. As with all StackPath services, the DNS service would be easy to set up and configure, and inherently secure.
- Monitoring - StackPath introduces a new monitoring service built on technologies created by Server Density (Server Density joined StackPath in June of this year). At launch, the new service would provide great website monitoring to help customers maintain the best performance and end-user experiences, with the ability to choose one or many monitoring locations to fine-tune create customized monitoring maps. The service will grow to monitor additional endpoint types and include even more features as Server Density technologies are completely integrated into the StackPath platform in the coming weeks.
New Customer Portal
StackPath has launched an all-new customer portal that would support the cloud scale and speed of the new infrastructure network and make it easier for customers to manage StackPath accounts and services. It would feature intuitive, streamlined workflows that make setup and management simple, and for services to be configured and running immediately. Perhaps most important, the new portal is built on a modular application framework and fully leverages StackPath platform and service API, abstracting the web app from the services it manages. This architecture would significantly accelerate the time to market of future StackPath services and features.
“It doesn’t matter whether you are talking about services in the middle of the cloud or at the edge – developers demand control and they expect it to be fast and well-documented,” said Ben Gabler, StackPath VP of Product Engineering. “That’s why we built everything in our platform API first. We have built the customer portal around the same customer-facing API to surface all that functionality in the simplest, easiest-to-use user interface imaginable.”