Complimentary NetEqualizer Bandwidth Management Seminar in the UK


Press Release issued via BusinessWire.

April 08, 2015 01:05 AM Mountain Daylight Time

LAFAYETTE, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–APconnections, an innovation-driven technology company that delivers best-in-class network traffic management solutions, is excited to announce its upcoming complimentary NetEqualizer Technical Seminar on April 23rd, 2015, in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom, hosted by Flex Information Technology Ltd.

This is not a marketing presentation; it is run by and created for technical staff.

Join us to meet APconnections’ CTO Art Reisman, a visionary in the bandwidth management industry (check out Art’s blog). This is not a marketing presentation; it is run by and created for technical staff. The Seminar will feature in-depth, example-driven discussions of network optimization and provide participants with a first-hand look at NetEqualizer technology.

Seminar highlights include:

  • Learn how behavior-based shaping provides superior QoS for Internet traffic
  • Optimize business-critical VoIP, email, web browsing, SaaS & web applications
  • Control excessive bandwidth use by non-priority applications
  • Gain control over P2P traffic
  • Get visibility into your network with real-time reporting
  • See the NetEqualizer in action! We will demo a live system.

We welcome both customers and those just beginning to think about bandwidth shaping. The Seminar will take place at 14:30pm, Thursday, April 23rd, at Flex Information Technology Ltd in Grove Technology Park, Wantage, Oxfordshire OX12 9FF.

Online registration, including location and driving directions, is available here. There is no cost to attend, but registration is requested. Questions? Contact Paul Horseman at paul@flex.co.uk or call +44(0)333.101.7313.

About Flex Information Technology Ltd
Flex Information Technology is a partnership founded in 1993 to provide maintenance and support services to wide range of customers with large mission critical systems, particularly the Newspaper and Insurance sectors. In 1998 the company began focusing on support for small to medium businesses. Today we provide “Smart IT Solutions combined with Flexible and Quality Services for Businesses” to a growing satisfied customer base. We have accounts with leading IT suppliers and hardware and software distributors in the UK.

About APconnections
APconnections is a privately held company founded in 2003 and is based in Lafayette, Colorado, USA. Our flexible and scalable network traffic management solutions can be found at thousands of customer sites in public and private organizations of all sizes across the globe, including: Fortune 500 companies, major universities, K-12 schools, Internet providers, libraries, and government agencies on six continents.

Contacts

APconnections, Inc.
Sandy McGregor, 303-997-1300 x104
sandym@apconnections.net
or
Flex Information Technology Ltd
Paul Horseman, +44(0)333 101 7313
paul@flex.co.uk

We are Honored! NetEqualizer is a K-12 School Top 100 Product in 2014


We have always known that the NetEqualizer is great (you have too!), but it is wonderful when it is validated by an independent publication.  Today we learned that we were honored in the December 2014 edition of District Administration (http://www.districtadministration.com/), a publication geared to K-12 School leadership.

NetEqualizer made the 2014 list of Top 100 Products for K-12 Schools!

The DDA_top100_2014v2ecember 2014 Cover Story is the annual Top 100 Products, viewable here in the District Administration online article. According to the article, there were 2,400 unique nominations for the Top 100 this year, up from 1,800 in 2013.  Winners were selected by the editorial board based on quality and quantity of the testimonials submitted from readers.

So, a big THANK YOU to the readers that submitted us for inclusion in the Top 100!  We would not have received this honor without you.  We truly appreciate you taking the time to say nice things about us, especially as we rely heavily on word of mouth to get our story out to our customers.  If you would like to see our listing, we are listed under “Net Equalizer”.

As we have not advertised in this publication in the past, and did not solicit inclusion for this award in any way, this took us completely by (happy) surprise.

As Lauren Williams of District Administration mentions in her introduction to the winners, “This annual award alerts superintendents and other senior school leaders to the best products their colleagues around the country are using to help their districts excel.”  So, if you have not seen the winners, take a look, you might find a product that is a good fit for your K-12 School.

The Illusion of Separation: My Malaysia Trip Report


By Zack Sanders

VP of Security – APconnections

Traveling is an illuminating experience. Whether you are going halfway across the country or halfway around the world, the adventures that you have and the lessons that you learn are priceless and help shape your outlook on life, humanity, and the planet we live on. Even with the ubiquitousness of the Internet, we are still so often constrained by our limited and biased information sources that we develop a world view that is inaccurate and disconnected. This disconnection is the root of many of our problems – be they political, environmental, or social. There is control in fear and the powerful maintain their seats by reinforcing this separation to the masses. Having the realization that we are all together on this planet and that we all largely want the same things is something that can only be discovered by going out and seeing the world for yourself with as open of a mind as possible.

One of the great things about NetEqualizer, and working for APconnections, is that, while we are a relatively small organization, we are truly international in our business. From the United States to the United Kingdom, and Argentina to Finland, NetEqualizers are helping nearly every vertical around the world optimize the bandwidth they have available. Because of this global reach, we sometimes get to travel to unique customer sites to conduct training or help install units. We recently acquired a new customer in Malaysia – a large university system called International Islamic University Malaysia, or IIUM. In addition to NetEqualizers for all of their campuses, two days of training was allotted in their order – one day each at two of their main locations (Kuala Lumpur and Kuantan). I jumped at the chance to travel to Asia (my first time to the continent) and promptly scheduled some dates with our primary contact at the University.

I spent the weeks prior to my departure in Spain – a nicely-timed, but unrelated, warmup trip to shake the rust off that had accrued since my last international travel experience five years ago. The part about the Malaysia trip that I was dreading the most was the hours I would log sitting in seat 46E of the Boeing 777 metal I was to take to Kuala Lumpur with Singapore Airlines. Having the Spain trip occur before this helped ease me in to the longer flights.

F.C. Barcelona hosting Real Madrid at the Camp Nou.

My Malaysia itinerary looked like this:

Denver -> San Francisco (2.5 hours), Layover (overnight)

San Francisco -> Seoul (12 hours), Layover (1 hour)

Seoul -> Singapore (7 hours), Layover (6 hours)

Singapore -> Kuala Lumpur (1 hour)

I was only back in the United States from Spain for one week. It was a fast, but much needed, seven days of rest. The break went by quickly and I was back in the air again, this time heading west.

After 22 hours on the plane and 7 hours in various airports, I was ready to crash at my hotel in the City Centre when I touched down in KL. I don’t sleep too well on planes so I was pretty exhausted. The trouble was that it was 8am local time when I arrived and check-in wouldn’t be until 2:00pm. Fortunately, the fine folks at Mandarin Oriental accommodated me with a room and I slept the day away.

KL City Centre.

I padded my trip with the intention of having a few days before the training to get adjusted, but it didn’t take me as long as I thought and I was able to do some site seeing in and outside the city before the training.

My first stop was Batu Caves – a Hindu shrine located near the last stop of the LRT’s KTM-KOMUTER line in the Gombak District – which I later learned was near the location of my first training seminar. The shrine is set atop 272 stairs in a 400 million year old limestone cave. After the trek up you are greeted by lightly dripping water and a horde of ambitious monkeys in addition to the shrines within the cave walls.

Batu Caves entrance.

Batu Caves.

Petronas Towers.

This was the furthest I ventured from the city for site seeing. The rest of the time, I spent near the City Centre – combing through the markets of Chinatown and Little India, taking a tour of the Petronas Towers, and checking out the street food on Jalan Alor. Kuala Lumpur is a very Western city. The influence is everywhere despite the traditional Islamic culture. TGI-Fridays, Chili’s, and Starbucks were the hotspots – at least in this touristy part of town. On my last night I found a unique spot at the top of the Trader’s Hotel called Skybar. It is a prime location because it looks directly at the Petronas Towers – which, at night especially, are gorgeous. The designers of the bar did a great job implementing sweeping windows and sunken sofas to enjoy the view. I stayed there for a couple hours and had a Singapore Sling – a drink I’ve heard of but had never gotten to try.

Singapore Sling at the Skybar.

The city and sites were great, however, the primary purpose of the trip was not leisure – it was to share my knowledge of NetEqualizer with those that would be working with it at the University. To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect. This was definitely different from most locations I have been to in the past. A lot of thoughts went through my head about how I’d be received, if the training would be valuable or not, etc. It’s not that I was worried about anything in particular, I just didn’t know. My first stop was the main location in KL. It’s a beautifully manicured campus where the buildings all have aqua blue roofs. My cab driver did a great job helping me find the Information Technology Department building and I quickly met up with my contact and got set up in the Learning Lab.

This session had nine participants – ranging from IT head honchos to network engineers. The specific experience with the NetEqualizer also ranged from well-versed to none at all. I catered the training such that it would be useful to all participants – we went over the basics but also spent time on more advanced topics and configurations. All in all, the training lasted six hours or so, including an hour break for lunch that I took with some of the attendees. It was great talking with each of them – regardless of whether the subject was bandwidth congestion or the series finale episode of Breaking Bad. They were great hosts and I look forward to keeping in touch with them.

Training at IIUM.

I was pretty tired from the day by the time I arrived back at the hotel. I ate and got to bed early because I had to leave at 6:00am for my morning flight across the peninsula to Kuantan – a short, 35 minute jaunt eastward – to do it all over again at that campus. Kuantan is much smaller than KL, but it is still a large city. I didn’t get to see much of it, however, because I took a cab directly from the airport to the campus and got started. There were only four participants this time – but the training went just as well. I had similar experiences talking with this group of guys, and they, too, were great hosts. I returned back to the airport in the evening and took a flight back to KL. The flight is so short that it’s comical. It goes like this:

Taxi to the runway -> “Flight attendants prepare for takeoff” -> “You may now use your electronic devices” -> 5 minutes goes by -> “Flight attendants prepare for landing – please turn off your electronic devices” -> Land -> Taxi to terminal

The airport in Kuantan at sunset.

I had one more day to check out Kuala Lumpur and then it was back to the airport for another 22 hours of flying. At this point though, I felt like a flying professional. The time didn’t bother me and the frequent meals, Sons of Anarchy episodes, and extra leg room helped break it up nicely. I took a few days in San Francisco to recover and visit friends before ultimately heading back to Boulder.

It was a whirlwind of a month. I flew almost 33,000 miles in 33 days and touched down in eight countries on three continents. Looking back, it was a great experience – both personally and professionally. I think the time I spent in these places, and the things I did, will pay invaluable dividends going forward.

If your organization is interested in NetEqualizer training – regardless of whether you are a new or existing customer – let us know by sending an email to sales@apconnections.net!

View of KL Tower from the top of the Petronas Towers.

APconnections 10 Year Anniversary Celebration – All Summer Long!


We are celebrating 10 years in business this summer, thanks to you, our loyal  customers!  Our first NetEqualizer sale was a CD version, way back on July 13th, 2003.  As part of APconnections’ 10 Year Celebration, we will be donating $25 to one of four charities of the buyer’s choice for each NetEqualizer or NetGladiator sold from now until August 31, 2013.

We selected charities that are all rated B+ or above by CharityWatcAPconnections 10 Year Celebrationh.  The charities are operate on a global basis (like us!) and focus on one of the following: International Relief & Development, Homelessness & Housing, or Hunger. While we may not have picked your favorite charity, we hope that you agree that these are all worthy causes!

When you place a purchase order between now and August 31st, 2013, you will be asked to pick the charity of your choice for each unit purchased.

The charities, along with descriptions of their mission/vision from their websites are as follows.  You can visit their websites by clicking on their logos or the displayed link:

1) United States Fund for UNICEF   http://www.unicefusa.org
UNICEFThe United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) works in more than 190 countries and territories to save and improve children’s lives, providing health care and immunizations, clean water and sanitation, nutrition, education, emergency relief and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF’s work through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States. Together, we are working toward the day when ZERO children die from preventable causes and every child has a safe and healthy childhood.

2) Habitat for Humanity    http://www.habitat.orgHabitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity believes that every man, woman and child should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. We build and repair houses all over the world using volunteer labor and donations. Our partner families purchase these houses through no-profit, no-interest mortgage loans or innovative financing methods.

Doctors without Borders3) Doctors Without Borders   http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org
Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) works in nearly 70 countries providing medical aid to those most in need regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation.

The Hunger Project4) Global Hunger Project    http://www.thp.org
The Hunger Project (THP) is a global, non-profit, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. In Africa, South Asia and Latin America, THP seeks to end hunger and poverty by empowering people to lead lives of self-reliance, meet their own basic needs and build better futures for their children.

Thank you for all your support over our first 10 years, we truly appreciate your business! 

We look forward to working with all of you for many more years. 

edACCESS IT Conference Gains a Convert


By Thomas Phelan, The Peddie School

I hate conferences. OK, perhaps “hate” is a bit strong, but I generally find them a very poor use of my time and I only go if I feel I absolutely have to. For this reason, it took me five years to finally act on the advice of a number of colleagues and attend an edACCESS conference. The verdict? I shouldn’t have waited so long!

It turns out that edACCESS is a fantastic conference, and I’ve gone every year since this first visit in 2008. In fact, I liked it so much, I volunteered to host edACCESS both this year and next here at the Peddie School in New Jersey. This year, the conference is running from June 20 through June 23.

For anyone not familiar with the conference, edACCESS is designed specifically for technology staff at K-12 schools and small colleges. Technology directors are the most well-represented group at edACCESS, but other technology staff positions such as network managers, database managers, and technology coordinators/facilitators also attend. Many participating schools send two or more representatives.

In a nutshell, edACCESS gets rid of the “expert” presentations which dominate most conferences and then builds around what is traditionally the best part of these meetings — the peer discussions that occur in between official presentations. With this model as the foundation, edACCESS excels on many different levels.

Each year I have brought back valuable information that has resulted in significant savings of both time and money. One of the things on my plate as I traveled to my first edACCESS conference held at St. Andrews was a $15,000 renewal for our aging high-maintenance Packeteer. It was at an edACCESS peer session that I learned of the NetEqualizer, which turned out to be a fraction of the cost of a Packeteer. In addition, I was able to setup, fully understand and configure the NetEqualizer in half a day, and it ultimately did a better job of QoS on our network!

However, the benefits of edACCESS don’t stop when the conference ends. One thing we could all use is better networking with others, but the challenge is finding time to make initial contacts. As useful as online forums, listservs, and Web 2.0 platforms can be, there’s no substitute for meeting people through face-to-face discussions. edACCESS will give you a chance to connect with, AND REALLY GET TO KNOW, more peers in other schools than you could in years of going to other conferences. If you attend edACCESS, I guarantee you’ll find yourself reaching for your edACCESS Facebook page throughout the year.

edACCESS is also the most cost effective conference you’ll ever attend. We are able to keep costs down because edACCESS is hosted by boarding schools. The standard registration fee (payment made prior to 5/6) is only $605 for a 4-day, 3-night conference with meals and dorm room included.

Lastly, edACCESS is just a lot of fun. When you return to work you might have a full inbox, but your batteries will be recharged and you’ll remember why supporting technology in schools is a pretty cool thing to be doing.

Enough of the sales pitch. If you have read this far and edACCESS sounds interesting, please take a minute to look at the conference brochure (http://falconnet.peddie.org/edaccess/edAccess_2011.pdf) and the edACCESS website (http://www.edaccess.org). And please, feel free to contact me if you have any questions at all about the conference.

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$10,000 Prize for Predicting the World Switchover Date from IPv4


Although somewhat overshadowed by the major news stories developing around the world in recent weeks, those of us in the tech industry have seen no shortage of attention paid to the impending changes surrounding IPv4. Just today, I read a few articles about how the world has run out of IPv4 addresses. I also recently received a survey about our specific plans for IPv6.

Even with all of this media attention, however, there are many questions that still remain (one of which we’ve decided to use for a new contest). While we can’t answer all of them, we’d at least like to chime in about a few.

Will a switch to IPv6 really reduce the need for IPv4?

Despite its availability, no one will choose to completely convert to IPv6 until the rest of the world knows how to send and receive it. To do so would be communication suicide. Only when there is a near full conversion to IPv6 could you reliably use it to exclusively communicate. This creates a paradox of sorts: In order to remain accessible to all, you must retain your old IPv4 address.

This is easier said than done for some.

While there are certainly products and services to forward your mail when you establish an IPv6 address, what about a new company established from scratch with no pre-existing Web presence? When the owners call their ISP to obtain an address for their new website, instead of the simple exchange that may have taken place in the past, the conversation will go a little like this:

ISP: “We ran out of IPv4 addresses last week, but don’t worry, we are going to hook you up with a brand-spanking-new IPv6 address and you should be good to go.”

Business Owner: “So, how do the people that don’t speak IPv6 contact me?”

ISP:Don’t worry. We’ll handle the conversions for you, like the postal office forwards your mail when you move.”

Business Owner: “Yes, but I did not have an existing address. I am a new company.”

Therefore, new companies must not only establish an IPv6 address, but they must also somehow scrounge up an old IPv4 address to prevent being cut off from the percentage of the world that has not switched over.

The point is that even with IPv6, there will be no immediate relief on the IPv4 address space (Fortunately, viable alternatives do exist).

So, when will IPv4 be obsolete?

We have no idea exactly when, but based on the discussion above, we don’t think it will happen any time soon.

What does it mean to be completely switched over to IPv6?

This question will only be answered over time, and even then, it will be open to various interpretations. However, to better track the implementation of IPv6, and to facilitate our understanding of it, we’ve decided to establish a contest.

 

The Contest

Note: The following is a contest overview. Official contest rules and registration details will be revealed in our April newsletter (click here to register for the upcoming newsletter).

Contest Rules and Requirements

We, APconnections, makers of the NetEqualizer, will award one $10,000 USD prize as per the following criteria:

  • First, you must register for the contest and provide all required information. The registration link will be included in the April NetEqualizerNews newsletter and posted on the NetEqualizer News Blog after our newsletter goes out next month.
  • Winners will be awarded based on predicting the date of the actual adoption of IPv6 worldwide (see below).
  • If no entries are entered for the actual date, then the prize will be awarded to the next closest prediction after the date of switchover.
  • One entry per person. Duplicate registrations will disqualify an entrant.
  • Entrants must be 18 years of age or older on the date of entry.
  • If more than one contestant chooses the winning date, the $10,000 USD prize will be divided equally among winners.

APconnections will monitor and announce when the world has switched over to IPv6 based on the following criteria:

  • The winning date shall be determined by the first time/date we can actively verify that any set of 50 companies with revenue of over $5 million USD per year has changed its public-facing Internet addresses to a full 128-bit address.
  • None of the 50 qualifying companies can be using any form of an older IPv4 address for any public communications with the Internet (i.e., e-mail servers, publicly accessible Web pages administered or licensed to the company).
  • None of the 50 qualifying companies shall be using any special conversion equipment to translate between IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.
  • Internal IPv6 intranet conversions do not qualify.
  • All public addresses at qualifying companies must use an address with more than 32 bits (greater than 255.255.255.255).
  • To be valid for the contest award, IPv6 worldwide adoption criteria date must be validated and published by the APconnections engineering staff and not by any other third party. Please feel free to help us by sending the names of any companies using IPv6 for verification.

Again, the official contest rules, registration information, and deadlines will be released in our upcoming April newsletter. So, be sure to sign up.

Mention Us On Your Website And Earn Great Prizes And Discount Vouchers


Starting this month, we’ll offer all current and prospective NetEqualizer users a $150-credit toward your next NSS license. All you have to do is send us a link to your publicly accessible website featuring a short write-up or testimonial about the NetEqualizer.

For those of you who are not currently planning renewals, keep in mind that we will be releasing our formal IPv6 compatibility this summer.  Since the time that you will need to be IPv6 compatible is fast approaching, this voucher offer couldn’t have come at a better time.

If you not currently a customer, feel free to jot some notes about why you’re considering the NetEqualizer or what you like about our technology (you don’t need to purchase anything to enter). Please feel free to be honest in your write-up, but while it doesn’t have to be a glowing review, obviously the more positive the better.

If the $150 voucher wasn’t enough, also being given away through random drawing are three complementary full NSS-license renewals and three $100 Amazon gift cards.

To qualify, your Web page must clearly identify your company or organization or the name and professional background of the poster if you’re not associated with a company.

Links must be received NO LATER THAN June 1, 2010.

We will send a voucher identifier for $150 toward your next NSS purchase,  that must be redeemed no later than June 1, 2011.  All vouchers will expire on June 1, 2011.

For more information, or to email your link, contact us at admin@apconnections.net.

UPDATE — NetEqualizer Tech Seminar Is Coming To The Pacific Northwest


***UPDATE***

We have now confirmed the building and room number for the seminar. The location will be as follows:

Where: Pacific Lutheran University
Morken Center for Learning and Technology (MCLT), Room 103 (click here for map and directions)
12180 Park Ave.
Tacoma, WA

***UPDATE***

On Wednesday, January 13, we will be hosting a complimentary NetEqualizer Seminar at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. PLU, which is the home of over 3,000 students, has been a NetEqualizer user since 2008 and will provide for a first-hand look at the technology’s capabilities.

We’ll cover:

  • The various tradeoffs regarding how to stem p2p and bandwidth abuse
  • Recommendations for curbing RIAA requests
  • Demo of the new NetEqualizer network access control module
  • Lots of customer Q&A and information sharing on how Pacific Lutheran University is using the NetEqualizer, including some hands-on probing of a live system

When: Wednesday, January 13, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Pacific Lutheran University
Morken Center for Learning and Technology (MCLT), Room 103 (click here for map and directions)
12180 Park Ave.
Tacoma, WA

This technical user group, which in addition to our hosts includes invitees and NetEqualizer customers such as Everett Community College, the University of Puget Sound, and Northwest University, will be a great opportunity for current users and interested potential customers to learn more about the issues and challenges facing network administrators while also seeing the NetEqualizer in action.

Furthermore, the seminar will feature the input of Pacific Lutheran University students who will give first-hand accounts of the NetEqualizer end-user experience. For years, NetEqualizer has been a leader in network optimization technology that meets the needs of administrators, but also prioritizes the experience and privacy of Internet users.

If that wasn’t enough, we’ll be giving away great door prizes to attendees. So, if you’re in the area, be sure not to miss this seminar! For more information, contact us at admin@apconnections.net.

Who’s Used Your NetEqualizer?


Over the past few years, we’ve made a game of putting together lists of celebrities, politicians, and other notable Internet users who may have experienced the benefits of the NetEqualizer via our customers’ networks (click here for more).

While we get our fair share of leads from casual conversations with NetEqualizer users, we’ve decided to make telling your story a little more enticing. So, we’re offering a limited number of $25 gift certificates to any operator willing to tell us of the notable Internet users that have experienced the NetEqualizer simply by being a guest on their network. Good rumors welcome! :)

NetEqualizer Tech Seminar Is Coming To The Pacific Northwest


On Wednesday, January 13, we will be hosting a complimentary NetEqualizer Seminar at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. PLU, which is the home of over 3,000 students, has been a NetEqualizer user since 2008 and will provide for a first-hand look at the technology’s capabilities.

We’ll cover:

  • The various tradeoffs regarding how to stem p2p and bandwidth abuse
  • Recommendations for curbing RIAA requests
  • Demo of the new NetEqualizer network access control module
  • Lots of customer Q&A and information sharing on how Pacific Lutheran University is using the NetEqualizer, including some hands-on probing of a live system

When: Wednesday, January 13, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Ave.
Tacoma, WA (specific on-campus location to come).

This technical user group, which in addition to our hosts includes invitees and NetEqualizer customers such as Everett Community College, the University of Puget Sound, and Northwest University, will be a great opportunity for current users and interested potential customers to learn more about the issues and challenges facing network administrators while also seeing the NetEqualizer in action.

Furthermore, the seminar will feature the input of Pacific Lutheran University students who will give first-hand accounts of the NetEqualizer end-user experience. For years, NetEqualizer has been a leader in network optimization technology that meets the needs of administrators, but also prioritizes the experience and privacy of Internet users.

If you’re in the area, be sure not to miss this seminar! For more information, contact us at admin@apconnections.net.

NetEqualizer March 2009 Contest Winner


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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…John Shoff of Reality Bytes Inc.

About John Shoff (Courtesy of http://www.realitybytesinc.com/)

I am a long term resident of Drumheller, Alberta.  I was born and raised in Drumheller and have lived in the town for most of my adult life.

At a fairly young age, I developed a huge interest in computers, and basically everything electronic in nature.  I was intrigued by a device that could do so much, yet is so commonly misunderstood.

I feel that my interest in computers was the main reason for starting this company, and first and formost our goal is to stay on the leading edge of what technology can do.  In this industry more than any other, a few months of neglect can lead to a significant loss in the understanding of what the industry is doing, and where the industry is heading.

I spend a large portion of my “free” time dedicating myself to research and development of the latest trend or gadget in the technology sector.

I do however have many other passions.  Growing up, I was very much into hockey and other sports.  I was involved in Drumheller Minor Hockey for many years, and I am glad to see Drumheller Minor hockey developing, especially now with Drumheller having a Junior A hockey team.

Travel is a huge interest of mine, and I have been to a lot of the globe already, but that still amounts to only a small percentage of where I still have yet to go.  I find the different cultures across our planet have a lot to teach us.  In North America in general, and specifically I find in Alberta, we are a very driven culture, set to push the limits of what our body can handle in terms of stress load, and work load.  It has been a real eye opening experience to see how some other very different cultures interact.

If I had to describe myself in a few words, I would say I am very driven, compassionate, and open minded.  In regards to the latter, it cannot be said enough that the more we learn, the more we realize that we truely understand very little.

John Shoff is a proud member in good standing of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and has been involved with PCs and computer network design for over 10 years.

NetEqualizer Bandwidth Control Tech Seminar Video Highlights


Tech Seminar, Eastern Michigan University, January 27, 2009

This 10-minute clip was professionally produced January 27, 2009. It  gives a nice quick overview of how the NetEqualizer does bandwidth control while providing priority for VoIP and video.

The video specifically covers:

1) Basic traffic shaping technology and NetEqualizer’s behavior-based methods

2) Internet congestion and gridlock avoidance on a network

3) How peer-to-peer file sharing operates

4) How to counter the effects of peer-to-peer file sharing

5) Providing QoS and priority for voice and video on a network

6) A short comparison by a user (a university admin) who prefers NetEqualizer to layer-7 deep packet inspection techniques

NetEqualizer Seminar at Eastern Michigan University


NetEq. Seminars

On January 27, we will be hosting a complimentary NetEqualizer Seminar at Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti, Michigan. EMU, which has been a NetEqualizer user for several months, is the home of over 23,000 students, providing for a first-hand look at the NetEqualizer’s capabilities. In addition, door prizes will be awarded to attendees, including a number of Garmin GPS systems.We’ll cover:

  • The various tradeoffs regarding how to stem p2p and bandwidth abuse
  • Recommendations for curbing RIAA requests
  • Demo of the new NetEqualizer network access control module
  • Lots of customer Q&A and information sharing on how Eastern Michigan University is using the NetEqualizer, including some hands on probing of a live system

When: Tuesday, January 27, 10 a.m. to noon

Where:

Eastern Michigan University
Bruce T. Halle Library Building, Room 302
955 West Circle Drive
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(directions)

This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the issues and challenges facing network administrators as well as see the NetEqualizer in action. If you’re in the area, be sure not to miss it! For more information, contact us at admin@apconnections.net.

APconnections Is Coming to Massachusetts


On October 14, we will be hosting a complimentary seminar at Gordon College in Beverly, Massachusetts.

We’ll cover:

  • The various tradeoffs regarding how to stem p2p and bandwidth abuse
  • Recommendations for curbing RIAA requests
  • Demo of the new NetEqualizer network access control module (see article above)
  • Lots of customer Q&A and information sharing on how Gordon is using the NetEqualizer, including some hands on probing of a live system

When: October 14, 10 a.m.

Where: Conference Center
Gordon College West Campus
50 Dunham Road
Beverly, MA 01915

This will be a great opportunity to learn more about the issues and challenges facing network administrators as well as to see the full capabilities of the NetEqualizer firsthand. If you’re in the area, be sure not to miss it! For more information, contact us at admin@apconnections.net. To RSVP, send an e-mail to russ@gordon.edu.

Thank You FISPA Members…


Dear FISPA members,

Thank you for all your kind words in Orlando. We look forward to sponsoring again, and, as promised, we will upgrade the lunch menu next time (if Jim will allow us the honor).

For any of you that missed our talk and are interested in bandwidth control, Processor Magazine did a nice job of honoring us as their product of the week. Check out their article here.

Thanks again!

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