NetEqualizer News: December 2010


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December 2010 NetEqualizer News

YouTube Caching Feature Launch; Flyaway Contest Winner Announced
Greetings!

Enjoy another issue of the NetEqualizer Newsletter. This month, we introduce updated details about the new NetEqualizer YouTube caching feature and announce our most recent Flyaway Contest winner. As always, feel free to pass this along to others who might be interested in NetEqualizer News.

In this issue:

 

  • NetEqualizer YouTube Caching Release Launching January 2011
  • NetEqualizer Is Coming To Southern California!
  • Best Of The Blog
  • And The Flyaway Contest Winner Is…

 

NetEqualizer YouTube Caching Release Launching January 2011
YouTube

Since announcing the upcoming release of our NetEqualizer YouTube caching feature last month, we’ve received an overwhelming number of inquiries as to when the feature will be available. As of now, we’re still working through multiple scenarios under load in our labs to ensure a seamless release, but we’re expecting a full launch some time next month.The upcoming feature will store the top 300-500 trending YouTube videos to ensure faster and more efficient access. For best results, we’re going to suggest 4 to 16 gigabits of RAM. Almost all of this memory will be used for caching, and the bulk of that will be these YouTube videos. This should be more than enough to capture the most popular YouTube content. We are considering an option to put a large disk drive in the NetEqualizer in a future release, but we still like the stability of the smaller cache hosted in RAM for both speed and reliability.

Overall, the feature will be a major step toward making sure the most popular YouTube content is accessible and reliable even during your network’s busiest hours. (See our blog article, Enhance Your Internet Service With YouTube Caching, for more information on the benefits of video caching).

All future sales in 2010 will be eligible for the new release, so there’s no need to hold off on purchasing a NetEqualizer unit. If you need a NetEqualizer today but are waiting for the release, just let us know when you purchase and we will grandfather you in with three months of the NetEqualizer Software Subscription (NSS) to cover support for the YouTube release at no extra cost. As always, the release will be available at no charge to all current NetEqualizer users with valid NetEqualizer Software Subscriptions.

For more information, contact us at sales@apconnections.net or 1-800-918-2763.

NetEqualizer Is Coming To Southern California!
NetEq. Seminars

Plans are now in the works for our next complimentary NetEqualizer training seminar to be held in Southern California in early 2011. We’ll keep you posted as the details develop and the final date and location are determined, but in the meantime, here’s a preview of what to expect.

The upcoming seminar will cover:

  • The various tradeoffs regarding how to stem P2P and bandwidth abuse
  • Recommendations for curbing RIAA requests
  • Demo of the NetEqualizer network access control module
  • Lots of customer Q&A and information sharing on how clients are using the NetEqualizer, including some hands-on probing of a live system

If that isn’t enough, we’ll be giving away great door prizes to attendees. So, be sure not to miss this seminar! For more information, or to let us know that you’re interested in attending, contact us at admin@apconnections.net.

Best Of The Blog
By Art Reisman The 10-Gigabit Barrier for Bandwidth Controllers and Intel-Based Routers

Editor’s Note: This article was adapted from our answer to a NetEqualizer pre-sale question asked by an ISP that was concerned with its upgrade path. We realized the answer was useful in a broader sense and decided to post it here.

Any router, bandwidth controller, or firewall that is based on Intel architecture and buses will never be able to go faster than about about 7 gigabits sustained. (This includes our NE4000 bandwidth controller. While the NE4000 can actually reach speeds close to 10 gigabits, we rate our equipment for five gigabits because we don’t like quoting best-case numbers to our customers.) The limiting factor in Intel architecture is that to expand beyond 10-gigabit speeds you cannot be running with a central clock. Therefore, with a central clock controlling the show, it is practically impossible to move data around much faster than 10 gigabits.

The alternative is to use a specialized asynchronous design, which is what faster switches and hardware do.

To Keep Reading, Click Here.

And The Flyaway Contest Winner Is…
frontier

Every few months, we have a drawing to give away two roundtrip domestic airline tickets from Frontier Airlines to one lucky person who’s recently tried out our online NetEqualizer demo.The time has come to announce this round’s winner.

And the winner is…Craig Diotte of Algoma University.

Congratulations, Craig! Please contact us within 30 days at admin@apconnections.net or 303-997-1300 to claim your prize.

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