NetEqualizer News: March 2015


March 2015

Greetings!

Enjoy another issue of NetEqualizer News! This month, we announce the NE5000 (our Next Generation NetEqualizer solution), highlight our recent 8.2 Release (DDoS Monitoring and IPv6 Shaping), preview our upcoming 8.3 Release (Expanded RTR), and update you on NetEqualizer Tech Seminars and conferences. 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 we move closer to spring, I am ready for a thaw. artHere in the U.S., most of the country has been locked in snow and ice this winter. We are all ready for warm weather! As I think about warmer days, I start thinking about growing new things, and am happy to announce that as we continue to grow our capabilities, we are also building out advanced hardware platforms. This month we announce our Next Generation NetEqualizer!

We also continue to grow our next release (8.3), in which we are building out additional reporting (RTR) capabilities. Our goal is to have all of the new features released by late spring. And finally, our 8.2 DDoS Monitor, Firewall, and IPv6 equalizing release is now Generally Available.

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!

Announcing the Next Generation NetEqualizer! The NE5000 is Now Available

The next generation NetEqualizer is here!

Introducing the NE5000 – our top-of-the-line powerhouse solution for larger organizations.

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The NE5000 comes standard with bi-directional 10 Gbps fiber (40 Gbps fiber optional), and it can shape bandwidth for up to 50,000 concurrent users.

There are also a few exciting additions to the NE5000 not seen in previous models.

• First, we included built-in redundancy so that the device fails open.
• Second, we included built-in power redundancy as well so that the unit will never experience sudden outages.
• And third, we included a built-in management port to make network integration and management even easier.

Take a look at our price list for pricing information, or contact us if you have questions!

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8.2 Release is Now Generally Available!

Our 8.2 Release is now generally available! This release includes two primary new features:

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Monitoring

We are hearing that many of our customers need help with the onslaught of DDoS attacks on their networks. As the NetEqualizer is implemented near the network perimeter, and has visibility to all incoming and outgoing traffic, we are able to analyze traffic behavior and report on suspected DDoS attacks. Once identified as suspected DDoS, the NetEqualizer can then be used to block further traffic as needed.

IPv6 Bandwidth Shaping

For several years we have provided visibility to IPv6 traffic flowing through the NetEqualizer, to give you a view into how much IPv6 is on your network. We now feel that IPv6 has gained enough momentum to be a noticeable percentage on our customers’ networks. Therefore, as of 8.2 we are offering equalizing for IPv6 traffic. This will ensure that your full network gets the benefit of improved QoS during peak periods, for both IPv4 and IPv6 traffic.

The 8.2 update is simple and easy to install. We recommend upgrading as soon as possible in order to be properly prepared should a DDoS attack happen to you.

You can read more about these features in our release notes here. Our User Guide has also been updated with more information about how these features work.

These features are free to customers with valid NetEqualizer Software and Support who are running version 8.0+. If you are not current with NSS, contact us today!

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Update on 2015 Tech Seminars and Conferences

Throughout 2015, we’ll be using our Newsletter to update you on Tech Seminars that NetEqualizer is hosting, as well as conferences we’ll be attending. Stay tuned!

Here is what we currently have planned for the near future:

NetEqualizer Tech Seminar

We are currently exploring sites for a Tech Seminar in the UK during the summer or fall 2015. As of this newsletter, nothing is neteq seminar logo with borderfinalized. If you would like to host a tech seminar, we are also open to visiting a domestic site here in the U.S. or Canada, so please don’t hesitate to contact us.

edACCESS Conference

edACCESS provides support and networking for information technology staff at secondary schools and small colleges. Most members come from schools with under 1,000 students.edaccess

We will be joining in the edACCESS conference at Mercersburg Academy on June 24, 2015 for Vendor Day! Feel free to stop by and pick up some NetEqualizer bling!

If you have questions on either the NetEqualizer Tech Seminar or the edACCESS conference, contact us!

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8.3 Release (Expanded RTR) Arriving in Late Spring

Over the last few months we’ve continued to invest heavily in expanding our Real-Time Reporting (RTR) to make it even more robust. In late spring of this year, our 8.3 Release will be generally available.

The 8.3 Release includes many features our customers have asked for in the past to help improve their reporting experience. Here are just a few of the exciting new features:

Real-Time Pool and VLAN Dashboard

The current version of RTR has a real-time dashboard which shows current bandwidth usage. In Release 8.3, however, we’ve enhanced the dashboard to include both real-time pool and real-time VLAN bar graphs showing current usage. You can also easily see when your pools and/or VLANs are Equalizing.

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Summary IP Reports

One of the most popular features in ntop, our previous reports offering, was the Summary Hosts Report, which highlighted how much bandwidth a particular IP address had used over a certain time period. In Release 8.3, we’ve added our own summary IP reports into RTR! Summary IP Reports is even better, as it will enable you to run custom database queries against all of the stored historical data to find exactly what you need. We will also include a handful of sample summary reports for common queries.

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Historical Penalty Graphs

In Release 8.3, you’ll be able to see how the NetEqualizer has penalized traffic over time. RTR will now include graphs for tracking how many penalties are being enforced each minute. We’ll then store the data for up to four weeks. And, just like our other graphs, you’ll be able to export the data for retention if you so choose. This has been one of our most commonly requested features, and now it’s here!

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Once 8.3 reaches GA, these features will be free to customers with valid NetEqualizer Software and Support who are running version 8.0+ If you are not current with NSS, contact us today!

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Best Of The Blog

10 Things to Consider when Choosing a Bandwidth Shaper

By Art Reisman – CTO – APconnections

This article is intended as an objective guide for anyone trying to narrow down their options in the bandwidth controller market. Organizations today have a plethora of product options to choose from. To further complicate your choices, not only are there specialized bandwidth controllers, you’ll also find that most Firewall and Router products today contain some form of bandwidth shaping and QoS features.

What follows is an all-encompassing list of questions that will help you to quickly organize your priorities with regards to choosing a bandwidth shaper.

1) What is the Cost of Increasing your Bandwidth?

Although this question may be a bit obvious, it must be asked. We assume that anybody in the market for a bandwidth controller also has the option of increasing their bandwidth. The costs of purchasing and operating a bandwidth controller should ultimately be compared with the cost of increasing bandwidth on your network.

2) How much Savings should you expect from your Bandwidth Controller?

A good bandwidth controller in many situations can increase your carrying capacity by up to 50 percent. However, beware, some technologies designed to optimize your network can create labor overhead in maintenance hours. Labor costs with some solutions can far exceed the cost of adding bandwidth…

Photo Of The Month
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Snowshoeing in Snowy Colorado
The snow this year broke records all over the U.S.! February was the snowiest February on record for Colorado. This is a picture of Boulder County Open Space, which is like a park, as everyone can use it for recreation. It is shared by a farmer to graze cows in the spring & summer. Here, one of our staff takes advantage of a snowy day to snowshoe.
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NetEqualizer News: February 2015


February 2015

Greetings!

Enjoy another issue of NetEqualizer News! This month, we introduce an exciting new DDoS protection feature for NetEqualizer, share the results of our recent Holiday Giving Campaign, and preview our NetEqualizer 2015 Tech Seminar. 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

Over the period of one week, we were contacted several times from customers asking us if the artNetEqualizer could do something to alleviate an ongoing Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack. It turns out we do have some technology in our arsenal for this event, but it was only art photo for NL available in our NetGladiator product. Purchasing a full blown NetGladiator for a random attack is often not within the scope or budget for many of our customers. So, what if we could move this utility into our standard NetEqualizer base? We could then blanket a wide swath of our customers with DDoS protection as well as enhance the value of their NetEqualizer, and so that is what we have done. Read more about this exciting new offering below!

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!

Are You Under Attack? NetEqualizer Can Help!

Software Update 8.2 is now available as a limited beta release and includes our new Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Monitor at no extra charge! In addition, our new DDoS Firewall tool (DFW) can be purchased as an add-on module for an additional fee.

The DDoS Monitor, which comes standard, shows you some basic metrics on the outside intrusion hit rate into your network. It can be used to spot anomalies which would indicate a likely DDoS attack in progress. See our detailed blog article on the subject for how this technology works. Here is a screenshot of the DDoS Monitor dashboard:

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If you decide you need something more proactive to mitigate a DDoS attack, we have a solution for you! For a one time charge of $3,500, which includes one hour of training and consulting, we install our DDoS Firewall (DFW) feature, which can be configured to block standard DDoS attacks.

Also included in Software Release 8.2 is IPv6 Equalizing. We have updated our shaping algorithms to account for both IPv4 and IPv6 traffic. This enables us to provide QoS across a dual stack so that congestion is eased across all of your traffic.

Our recent efforts to include DDoS mitigation functionality and enhanced IPv6 tools were accelerated due to the fact that our customers were facing immediate impacts. We have not forgotten our promise to release RTR enhancements, which are still scheduled for release in the late spring/early summer of 2015.

You can read more about software update 8.2 here. We anticipate that the 8.2 release will be generally available in the March/April 2015 timeframe.

For questions about our DDoS offering, IPv6 shaping enhancements, or anything else, contact us anytime:

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Holiday Giving Campaign Results

Thanks to you, our year-end Holiday Giving Campaign was a success! We were able to give sizable monetary donations to three worthy charities in early 2015.

This is really what the holidays are all about, and we thank you for helping us to support these worthy causes:

1) Toys for Tots: The mission for Toys for Tots is to collect new, unwrapped toys during
October, November and December each year, and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.

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2) The Hunger Project: The Hunger Project is a global, non-profit, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger.

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3) Doctors Without Borders: Doctors Without Borders works in nearly 70 countries providing medical aid to those most in need regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation.

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NetEqualizer 2015 Tech Seminars

Are you interested in enhanced on-site training, as well as helping to influence the direction of our next major software release?

We have found over the years that our on-site Tech Seminars become great vehicles for customers to dig deep and derive extra value from their installed NetEqualizer(s).

For example, we have hunted down P2P users during these events, as well as validated security tools and enhanced shaping techniques. It is also a great opportunity for our engineering team to gain insight into the latest needs of our customer base.NetEqualizer Seminars

The obligation of the host is to simply provide a conference room for demo and discussion, and also to allow some live analysis of their network. This is not a sales presentation. If you are interested in hosting, let us know!

This year, we would love to have the opportunity to present in Western Europe if anyone in that part of the world is interested!

Contact us at:

sales@apconnections.net
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Best Of The Blog

Fourteen Tips to Make Your ISP/WISP More Profitable

By Art Reisman – CTO – APconnections

As the demand for Internet access continues to grow around the world, opportunities for service providers are emerging in markets far and wide. Yet, simply offering Internet service, even in untapped areas, does not guarantee long-term success. Just as quickly as your customer-base grows, the challenges facing ISPs and WISPs begin to emerge.

From competition to unhappy customers, the business venture that once seemed certain to succeed can quickly test the will of even the most battle-hardened and tech savvy business owners. However, there are ways to make the road to profitability a little smoother…

Photo Of The Month
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Aerial Photography from Remote Control Drone
Small remote control drones with cameras are becoming very popular in the United States. This particular shot was taken by a member of our staff in New Smyrna Beach, Florida. It is looking south toward Cape Canaveral.
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