Enjoy another issue of NetEqualizer News! This month, we update you on our 8.4 Release, talk about what our college customers are saying, feature Part 2 of our articles on RTR best practices, and ask once more for your ideas for the 2016 Roadmap. 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
With the holiday season in full swing, I want to pause for a moment from my hectic schedule to thank you, our valued customers, for your loyalty in 2015. THANK YOU!
We here at APconnections truly appreciate your business. Thank you for helping us grow since 2003! I am lucky that I love what I do, and I really enjoy working with as many of you as I can. If you have any feedback, ideas, or questions for me, please reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope you enjoy this month’s newsletter!
And remember we are now on Twitter! You can now follow us @NetEqualizer.
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 email@example.com. I would love to hear from you!
8.4 Release Update
We have exciting news to share regarding our next software update – Release 8.4. Throughout 2015, we made big changes to our Real-Time Reporting (RTR) and implemented tons of useful features. In 2016, we’ll be focusing our efforts on the rest of the NetEqualizer User Interface. Here are just a few of the things you can expect:
1) Better Configuration Management
2) Secure Logout and HTTPS by default
3) Manage Time and Date from the GUI
4) Named Pools
Our time frame for General Acceptance of this release is March or 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).
What Our College Customers Are Saying…
Last month, we featured Morrisville State College in New York, our newest Case Study. Since then, we have heard from several more colleges who wanted to offer their feedback.
Please contact us if you would like your quote added to our testimonials page, even if you are not in the higher education space! We love hearing from all our customers about how we’ve helped them control congestion on their networks.
You can view all of the College & University Testimonials on our website. Here are our two most recent:
IT Administration – United States Naval Academy
Since deploying the NetEqualizer in the Spring of 2015 we have pretty much forgotten about it (in a good way). The NetEqualizer allows us to run at full capacity without the hassles of making adjustments on a daily basis.
One of the best investments we have ever made.”
Michael Davis – Executive Director of Technology Services
The NetEqualizer has allowed us to provide better service to our students without increasing bandwidth, and we hear fewer complaints than ever about bandwidth.
We are planning our next bandwidth increase, and the NetEqualizer is going to make this better than usual. Factoring in student satisfaction with the amount of time that we no longer have to spend tuning a packet shaping device has made us very happy customers.
The support and sales teams at NetEqualizer are also fantastic.”
How Can RTR Help You?
RTR is great as a simple reporting tool, but it can also be much more! Below we share some helpful ways to utilize the different reports in RTR to better configure your NetEqualizer and understand your network. This is Part 2 of a two-part series – read about Part 1 last month!
1) Figure out who has used the most data over time
2) Use the Start/Stop RTR page to view system status messages
3) Use the General Penalty Reports page to correlate data to the General Traffic History page
We always want to ensure that some Equalizing is occurring during busy times. If you don’t see many penalties during busy times, your HOGMIN value may be set too high.
Consult the User Guide for appropriate HOGMIN values for your network.
If you are current on NetEqualizer Software and Support (NSS), and have a question about RTR or would like a walk through, click the button below!
It Is Not Too Late… To Give Input Into The 2016 Roadmap
For those of you that have already responded, THANK YOU. Rest assured that we have collected your feedback and added it to our Feature Request List for 2016.
If you have not yet responded, there is still time to influence our fall/winter 2016 release.
If you have a great idea for us, please let us know!
No idea is too “out there” – we want to solve your crunchiest, toughest networking issues.
Email us your idea.
Best Of The Blog
Regulate DDoS Like Pollution
By Art Reisman – CTO – APconnections
I just read another article on DDOS attacks and how companies are being extorted. As usual I am thinking way out of the box again.
Background on the mechanics of DDOS attack
The raw tools of a DDOS attacker are made possible by the billions of computing devices sitting around the world attached to the Internet. A DDOS attacker probes constantly for computers to hack, and then once they have access to several hundred or more in their control, they can point them to any business, sending a storm of data requests jamming Internet links from the outside. Think of a million people trying to cram into the door of your apartment all at once, you would be trapped inside…
Photo Of The Month
Where was this picture taken?
Tell us and you could win a $25 gift card!
This picture was taken by a staff member during a recent customer site visit in the United States. The first four (4) people to email firstname.lastname@example.org with the name of this building will win a $25 gift card!
The answer for last month is: United States Naval Academy Chapel