FireHost Takes Intelligent Approach to Protecting Applications in the Cloud

June 10, 2014

Secure Cloud Provider’s Unique Service Combines Application Delivery Controller, Web Application Firewall Technologies as One Offering to Boost Performance, Security

Dallas, TX – June 10, 2014 — FireHost, the secure cloud provider,is delivering a unique new service that creatively combines the strengths of an application delivery controller (ADC) and a web application firewall (WAF) technology as one offering to enrich both the security and performance of critical customer applications operating within the company’s secure cloud infrastructure. The combined offering will leverage FireHost’s intelligent enterprise security approach in which the offering is continuously hardened from the learnings gained from all FireHost customers while providing the fine-tuning required to combat legitimate hack attempts.

Key Highlights

    • The service is the latest innovation stemming from FireHost’s multilayered security approach that secures applications and increases performance. By scrubbing and reducing traffic volume, applications perform more efficiently with less demand for infrastructure resources.
    • FireHost’s ADC + WAF service is geared for security-focused operations teams, developers and networking personnel who wish to customize their WAF polices to suit their operational and security needs. Businesses with high-traffic applications requiring horizontal scaling or resources across multiple servers or PCI or HIPAA compliance needs benefit from FireHost’s combined ADC and WAF service.
    • Contrary to other cloud providers, FireHost sets up the ADC + WAF service and manages it for customers through its dedicated Security Operations teams.
    • The service allows customer-specific policies, management and configuration, which keeps FireHost’s secure cloud infrastructure more customized for supporting applications’ performance and security needs. These capabilities represent an advance from traditional load-balancing capabilities.


Todd Gleason, FireHost’s Vice President of Technology
“Our customers have a high demand for security and performance. There can be no tradeoff. The high-profile data breaches we’ve all seen in the news provide motivation enough. We are constantly exploring new, innovative approaches that help our customers, and our creative use case for ADC and WAF technologies is the latest example. Other providers relegate the customer to watered-down appliances from a marketplace and force them to be the expert. By combining the merits of ADC and WAF technologies with full-service support by our security experts, our customers receive a unique performance and security service that no other cloud provider offers. It is just one way we are upgrading our standard for helping customers run their businesses securely in the cloud.”

Chris Drake, FireHost’s Founder and CTO
“Our customers have enjoyed our core Intelligent Security Model™, which blocks the large-volume attack attempts. This protection is what we consider our ‘sledgehammer’ and now with technologies like our ADC and WAF we’re able to bring in a ‘scalpel’ into the performance and security equation allowing very specific policies. This unique combination shows our commitment to a multi-layered intelligent security approach.”

About FireHost

FireHost offers the most secure, managed cloud IaaS available, protecting sensitive data and brand reputations of some of the largest companies in the world. With private, cloud infrastructure built for security, compliance, performance and managed service, responsible businesses choose FireHost to reduce risk and improve the collection, storage and transmission of their most confidential data. FireHost’s secure, managed cloud IaaS is available in Dallas, Phoenix, London, Amsterdam and Singapore, and offers robust, geographically redundant business continuity options across all sites. Based in Dallas, FireHost is the chosen secure private cloud service provider for brands that won’t compromise on the security of their payment card, healthcare, and other regulated data.