Enjoy another issue of NetEqualizer News! This month, we introduce our new virtual NetEqualizer offering, highlight our Tech Refreshes, preview a cool new 8.4 Release feature, and discuss our DDoS Firewall option. 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
Happy New Year! I hope your 2016 is off to a good start. Here at APconnections, we are starting 2016 off with a wonderful announcement:
We are going Virtual! This month, we discuss how we are embracing Network Function Virtualization (NFV). Read below to learn more about this exciting offering!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you!
In 2016, We Are Going Virtual!
As most of you know, Network Function Virtualization (NFV) has become a viable choice for many networking components. We now believe it is time to consider VM for bandwidth shaping, and are excited to announce that we will offer a NetEqualizer solution (NetEqualizer-VM) that runs on a virtual machine in 2016!
Our first offering, planned for early Q2 2016, will be targeted and tested for 100 Megabit links with 1,000 or fewer customers.
Note: There will always be reliability risks of sharing a hardware platform with other applications, hence we are starting with a relatively small footprint.
Also, in some areas of the world shipping our NetEqualizer hardware is complicated by complex trade policies, and tariffs. Thus, a Virtual offer will shorten the delivery time and reduce the mechanical overhead of hardware shipment.
Right now we are still working out all the details on NetEqualizer-VM pricing and what VMs will be supported.
If you are interested in learning more or participating in the Beta when available, please contact us!
Start The New Year With A Tech Refresh!
Our NetEqualizer Tech Refreshes are a great way to start off the new year! These short, 30 minute WebEx sessions can provide great value to you and your team and help you get the most out of your NetEqualizer. Here are just a few of the benefits:
1) Learn about new releases – we are constantly evolving and enhancing our product. Tech Refreshes can help quickly get you up-to-speed on what is new!
2) Quickly educate a new employee – our Tech Refreshes make training a new staff member on NetEqualizer a breeze!
3) Ask questions and review your configuration – use this time to make sure that your unit is optimally configured, and ask any questions you’ve been curious about with your NetEqualizer!
Schedule your Tech Refresh today by clicking the link below.
Tech Refreshes are free to all customers with valid NetEqualizer Software and Support (NSS).
We also offer onsite training for you and your team in full day seminars – contact us for availability and pricing.
8.4 Release Coming Soon!
In last month’s newsletter, we talked about changes coming to the regular NetEqualizer GUI. Over the next couple of months, we’ll highlight some of those changes here.
One of the changes we are most excited about is the ability to edit the configuration on the fly. See a screenshot of the Configure Hard Limits Interface below:
This makes even complex configuration changes and setup quick and easy! You’ll now be able to add, edit, and remove hard limits, pools, pool members, priority hosts, and more all from one place.
As you can see, we are also changing the look and feel to match that of RTR. Check back next month for updates on more exciting changes!
Our time frame for General Acceptance of this release is March/April of 2016.
As with all software releases, the 8.4 Release will be free to all customers with valid NetEqualizer Software and Support (NSS).
NetEqualizer DDoS Firewall In Action
Just a reminder that our DDoS Firewall Option (DFW) is now installed at several locations, and is making a difference by heading off incoming DDoS attacks, even as you read this!
If you suspect you are being hit with sporadic or persistent DDoS attacks, the DDoS firewall option may be well worth the $3500 installation and consulting fee.
You can read more about DDoS on our blog here.
If you have any questions or would simply like to learn more, contact us!
Best Of The Blog
Ten Ways To Make Your Life As An Internet Provider Easier
By Art Reisman – CTO – APconnections
From ISPs and WISPs to networks in libraries, businesses, and universities, Internet use is on the rise. Yet, as the demand for Internet access continues to grow around the world, so do both the opportunities and challenges for service providers.
Just as quickly as your user-base grows, the obstacles facing providers begin to emerge.
From competition to unhappy customers, the venture that once seemed certain to succeed can quickly test the will of even the most battle-hardened and tech-savvy business owners and network administrators. However, for all types of Internet providers, there are ways to make the process smoother…
Photo Of The Month
What is this mountain range?
Tell us and you could win a $25 gift card!
This picture was taken by a staff member during a recent trip. The first four (4) people to email email@example.com with the name of this mountain range will win a $25 gift card!
The answer for last month is: The Iowa State Court House in Des Moines, IA