|We hope you enjoy this month’s NetEqualizer Newsletter. Highlights include our 8.5 Release is Generally Available, along with an updated Quick Start Guide, our new DNS Traffic Tracking, and more!
8.5 Release is Generally Available!
Greetings! Enjoy another issue of NetEqualizer News.
In this Issue:
:: The 8.5 Release is Ready!
:: 8.5 Release Notes
:: 8.5 Release Quick Start Guide
:: Let NetEqualizer Be Your Bandwidth Referee
:: Best of Blog: Tracking Traffic by DNS
|The 8.5 Release is Ready|
8.5 Release is GA!
We are very happy to announce that our 8.5 Release is now Generally Available.
By far the most exciting and pleasant surprise feature is the reporting by DNS name. This essentially gives NetEqualizer reporting the ability to show detailed traffic by type without the need for expensive and unreliable Layer 7 filtering. The ramifications and the history on why this is possible make for an interesting story, and thus we have dedicated a full article on the subject – see here. This is just one of the many exciting features available in our 8.5 Release – we preview some of these below…
1) DNS Visibility (Hostname Reporting)
And, you can track these hosts by adding them to Traffic History-> Manage Tracked Hosts, as shown below. This enables you to view data by hostname in our Traffic History graphs, as shown in the graph below. This is in addition to our current offerings of Traffic History by IP address, Pool, or VLAN:
2) Login and Logout
3) Color-coding in the NetEqualizer Log
These markings will show new penalties, increased penalties, decreased penalties, and removed penalties, as well as informational entries about traffic that is going through your NetEqualizer (see above).
4) Pool-specific Equalizing (Pool Level Ratio and Hog Minimum)
Feel free to use the network-wide defaults or create your own! The changes will be reflected in the Pool dashboard:
There are many more changes that we are know you will be excited to see. If you are interested in the 8.5 Release, please contact us. The 8.5 Release is free to customers with valid NSS (NetEqualizer Software and Support) subscriptions.
|8.5 Release Notes|
You have read about some of our 8.5 features & screens above. If you are interested in learning more about 8.5, you can read our official 8.5 Release Notes, which as always, are posted on our NetEqualizer Blog site (www.netequalizernews.com).
|8.5 Release Quick Start Guide|
Take a look at our new Quick Start Guide!
We are happy to share a preview of our updated Quick Start Guide, which now reflects our 8.5 Release!
Some of the key changes now discussed include:
1) our new Login/Log Out capability, highlighted on Page 4.
As this is the Demo Version, it does not contain passwords. As always, we ship the full Quick Start Guide with each NetEqualizer unit, so that you will receive an updated version with passwords each time you purchase a NetEqualizer.
Click here or on the image at right to view the full Quick Start Guide.
|Let NetEqualizer Be Your Bandwidth Referee|
NetEqualizer works so well you won’t even notice it!
The best compliment you can give an umpire or referee in a sporting event is that you did not notice them, and with that example in mind we can safely say our configuration checking is doing its job.
It is rare for us to get Support calls regarding configuration mistakes. This invisibility and smoothness of operation is due to ongoing work behind the scenes to make sure that configuration changes make sense and guide the user away from common mistakes. With every release we improve in this area! I’m sure our long-time customers from the very early days (circa 2005) would not recognize the GUI and ease of use if they made a jump all in one step.
As part of our 8.5 offering, our Support Team has enhanced their configuration validation capabilities. When you send in your diagnostic file, they can now automatically check your Traffic Limits and P2P Limits against a more complex set of validity rules, including unintended overlapping IP ranges.
If you are interested in taking advantage of this 8.5 feature, contact our Support Team to learn more.
|Best Of Blog|
Tracking Traffic by DNS
By Art Reisman
The video rental industry of the early 80’s was comprised of 1000’s of independent stores. Corner video rental shops were as numerous as today’s Starbucks. In the late 1990’s, consolidation took over. Blockbuster, with its bright blue canopy lighting up the night sky, swallowed them up like doggy treats. All the small retail outlets were gone. Blockbuster had changed everything – their economy of scale, and their chain store familiarity, had overrun the small operators…
|Photo of the Month|
After the storm – summer vacation on the lake…
One of our staff members just returned from a lake vacation, which in my opinion is the best kind of vacation in summer. This shot was taken right after a rainstorm on the lake. The sun peaking through the clouds really highlighted the landscape and made the rainbow stunning.
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