NetEqualizer News: December 2013


December 2013

Greetings!

Enjoy another issue of NetEqualizer News! This month, we discuss new features planned for 2014, announce our FlyAway Contest winner, give you a heads-up on some options for your old NE2000 devices, and highlight NetGladiator enhancements. As always, feel free to pass this along to others who might be interested in NetEqualizer News.

A message from Art…
Art Reisman, CTO – APconnections

As the year comes to a close, we are wrapping up our 2013 goals and now starting to look ahead to 2014! I am excited about art_canoe_picturewhere I see 2014 taking APconnections and the NetEqualizer and NetGladiator. You will see our continued commitment to investing in our platforms, from our 2014 planned features for NetEqualizer, to our strengthening of the NetGladiator product, and finally our ongoing work to enhance the NCO caching module. Once you read about our plans, I think you will be excited too! We share them in this newsletter, so that you can start mapping out your plan for 2014 as well…

We love it when we hear back from you – so if you have a story you would like to share with us of how we have helped you, let us know. Email me directly at art@apconnections.net. I would love to hear from you!

Planned NEW Features for 2014

The New Year is the perfect time to start thinking about new features for NetEqualizer! It is also a great time for you to start thinking about upgrading your device to the latest software.

2013 saw a lot of changes for NetEqualizer and for 2014 we plan on building on that base even more. In 2014, keep an eye out for some of these exciting new ideas:

1) Expanded caching – We’ve been enhancing our NetEqualizer Caching Option (NCO) for the the last several months and you should expect even more from this add-on feature in 2014.  We are testing out larger SSD drives, assessing whether Netflix can be cached, and looking for even more caching opportunities.

2) Heuristic-based identification – This is a really cool concept that we are currently developing. It is based on the idea that each user has their own unique “path” once they join the network. Knowing that path can help to identify users. The principles apply to both bandwidth optimization and security. Over the next year we’ll be implementing this idea and seeing what value it could add to both our NetEqualizer and NetGladiator product lines. See the next article, NetGladiator Continues to Grow, for more information.

3) Bigger, better, faster Reporting (RTR) – We have received very positive feedback on our initial RTR rollout, and our enhanced RTR Traffic Reports, which are currently in Beta.

We now feel it is time to expand RTR, with a goal to completely replace our ntop historical reporting by end of 2014.

We spent a lot of time in 2013 improving our user interface, and our commitment to making NetEqualizer easy to use will show in 2014 as well. Expect new features in our Dynamic Real-Time Reporting tool including, but not limited to:
– ntop-like historical data tracking
– Pool and VLAN drill-down reports
– Time of day configuration interface
– Penalty graphs over time
– and more!

These features will be free to customers with valid NetEqualizer Software and Support who are running version 7.0+ (NCO features will require NCO). If you are not current with NSS, contact us today!

sales@apconnections.net

-or-

303-997-1300


NetGladiator Continues to Grow

Our investment in IPS continues!
We are starting to plan some new features for NetGladiator in 2014, including some exciting heuristic-based identification capability. Deep in the world of network authentication lies a hidden signature. The hidden signature of behavior – the websites you visit, the paths you take, the things you pause on. Just like your fingerprints, your signature when you enter a Network is unique. We’ll be implementing this idea of heuristic-based identification throughout the year – let us know what you think!

Also, we have talked to some of you in 2013 regarding your IPS needs. If you are looking for a simple, elegant, and affordable way to protect your web applications, you should think about the NetGladiator. You should also consider taking our Hacking Challenge to see if your web applications are safe and secure!netgladiator_logo Contact us at:

ips@apconnections.net

-or-

303-997-1300

to discuss your security needs.


Our Next Local Linux Talk

Our CTO, Art Reisman, will be speaking at another local linux user group in early January.

The Boulder Linux Users Group will host the event in downtown Boulder, CO on January 9, 2014 at 6pm. Boulder is one of the biggest technology hotbeds outside of Silicon Valley, and we think there will be a lot of interesting discussion and ideas that come out of this meeting.

If you are in the Boulder, CO area at the time, feel free to stop on by!


And the FlyAway Contest Winner is…

Every few months, we have a drawing to give away two round-trip 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.frontier airlines

And the winner is…

Jeff Gay at Morrisville State College! 

Congratulations, Jeff!

Please contact us within 30 days (by January 17, 2014) at:

admin@apconnections.net

-or-

303-997-1300

to claim your prize!


Some Options for Your NE2000

Earlier this year, we announced that we are discontinuing our NE2000 series, and are moving the NE2000 license levels (20, 50, 100, and 150Mbps) onto the NE3000 platform. This change was made to get ready for our 7.0+ 64-bit releases, and also to take advantage of multi-core processing. We also felt that it was time to consolidate on the NE3000 platform.

We have talked to many of you regarding this change. However, if you have not already talked to us about trading in your NE2000, we offer a generous 50% trade-in credit of your original unit purchase price towards a new unit (1 trade-in credit per unit purchased please).NE2000 options differ depending on when your NE2000 was purchased. Some of the more recent NE2000’s (purchases from August 2011 and later) can run our 7.0+ software, and these customers will be able to get support AFTER 12/31/2014 on these units.  For units purchased prior to August 20011 that cannot run 7.0+, support will be offered through 12/13/2014.

Contact us at:

sales@apconnections.net

-or-

303-997-1300

to discuss your options.


Best Of The Blog

Latest Notes on the Peer to Peer Front and DMCA Notices

By Art Reisman – CTO – APconnections

Just getting back from our tech talk seminar today at Western Michigan University. The topic of DMCA requests came up in our discussions, and here are some of my notes on the subject.

Background: The DMCA, which is the enforcement arm of the motion picture copyright conglomerate, tracks down users with illegal content.

They seem to sometimes shoot first and ask questions later when sending out their notices more specific detail to follow.

Unconfirmed Rumor has it, that one very large University in the State of Michigan just tosses the requests in the garbage and does nothing with them, I have heard of other organizations taking this tact. They basically claim this problem for the DMCA is not the responsibility of the ISP.

I also am aware of a sovereign Caribbean country that also ignores them. I am not advocating this as a solution just an observation…

Photo Of The Month
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Happy Holidays!
Our CTO, Art Reisman, entered this truck in the Louisville, CO Holiday Parade. It was about 5 degrees below zero (Fahrenheit) when it was in the parade. This is the 2nd year that Art has created a “Christmas Truck,” and he uses it to deliver cookies to neighbors as well during the Holiday Season.

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