Written By: Mark Brunelli
Catering software company CaterXpress is protecting its web application from distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks with the Oracle Dyn Web Application Firewall (WAF).
The Melbourne, Australia-based company is the creator of FoodStorm, a popular hosted application that makes it easy for catering companies to receive and track orders and manage customer relationships.
CaterXpress has long used Oracle Dyn’s Domain Name System (DNS) for its “excellent performance and reliability,” said Anthony Super, the company’s director and co-founder. They recently decided to go live with Oracle Dyn WAF for an additional layer of protection against DDoS attacks and other cybersecurity threats such as cross-site scripting and SQL injections.
“At first, I felt in my mind that a WAF product from Oracle was going to be way out of our price range,” Super recalled. “But after seeing the pricing I said, ‘This is a really good value. It’s actually a better value than the other providers we were looking at.’”
All about CaterXpress
CaterXpress launched in 2007 with a goal to become the world leader in catering technology. Fast-forward to today and the company has made great strides toward achieving that goal.
“We’ve got some very high volumes going through our software at the moment,” Super said. “If you’re a catering company using FoodStorm, it really is the cornerstone of your operation. It’s a mission-critical system.”
Why Oracle Dyn?
The CaterXpress team began using Oracle Dyn Managed DNS soon after the company launched. Super reports that the DNS offering is easy to use and helps the company manage many customer domain names.
“The technical features that it had were better than the competitors,” he said. “For example, Oracle Dyn DNS allowed us to point multiple domain names to one server automatically, which was something that a lot of other DNS providers didn’t do.”
Super and his team were equally impressed with Oracle Dyn WAF and the Oracle Dyn’s technical account management team, which guided him through the process of testing and implementing the solution.
“The Oracle Dyn team was very proactive in scheduling meetings and walking us through the implementation process and explaining everything,” he said. “They were just a phone call away. They were great.”
Oracle Dyn WAF is designed to protect internet-facing applications while addressing the specific requirements of today’s multicloud and hybrid cloud IT environments.
Configured as a reverse proxy, the WAF inspects all incoming web traffic and quickly identifies and blocks any malicious traffic. The WAF is fully managed, cloud-based, and distributed across Oracle’s global points of presence to ensure minimum latency and maximum coverage.
Super added that the WAF’s biggest benefit is the peace of mind it gives him.
“Now I can sleep at night knowing that we are ready,” Super said. “We’ve now got the systems in place to handle incoming threats, so that’s really good.”