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 NetEqualizer 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you!
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:
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:
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
2) The Hunger Project: The Hunger Project is a global, non-profit, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger.
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.
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.
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:
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
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.