Universities Switch from Big Name Bandwidth Shaping Appliance to NetEqualizer

Posted by dcparris on May 2, 2006 5:42 PM EDT
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IT Directors Find APconnections Appliance Requires No Maintenance

LAFAYETTE, Colo., May 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Loyola University and Macalester College have both replaced appliances purchased from a popular, big name manufacturer with the NetEqualizer by APconnections.

Ted Fines, Assistant Director of Network Services, Macalester College and Ben Galliart, Director of Information Technology and Services of Loyola University, both found the "big name" product to require nearly constant maintenance. Policies had to be manually input. This device often throttled back all traffic and continued to throttle an application even when there was no need.

"We're former users of a high end expensive packet shaping product. I cannot express enough how much better the NetEqualizer is for us. One, the NetEqualizer, once its simple setup is done, requires no time to manage. Literally none -- it just works. Two, I no longer receive complaints from users about high latency, choppy streaming, or some other problem caused by a new protocol unrecognized by our former Wan Optimization solution, or that I hadn't yet created a special rule or class for. Three, we now have the lowest latency we've ever seen with the NetEqualizer in place, so latency-sensitive apps have no more issues and do not need any kind of special management. Four, the cost of the NetEqualizer appliance is lower than the annual maintenance contract on our former solution. It is an excellent product, and a great value," said Ted Fines, Assistant Director of Network Services, Macalester College.

Ben Galliart, System Administrator, Loyola University, said in an interview: "NetEqualizer turned things around. No more shuffling protocols. And it can handle far more simultaneous internet connections without locking up. The competitors shaper had us constantly changing our policies to keep things under control. NetEqualizer allows us to have the device meet our policies and requires little or no changes once in place."

NetEqualizer is a plug-and-play network optimization appliance that is flexible and scalable. It has been on the market over two years and is used in universities, schools, ISPs, hotels, business centers and other vertical markets around the U.S. and around the world. NetEqualizer is solid state appliance based Linux. NetEqualizer's unique technology differs significantly from other major manufacturers. It uses behavior shaping, which dynamically and automatically controls network flow. Specific policies do not need to be input, and no action is taken by the unit until the established percentage of flow is exceeded. Because of this unique technology, it allows network administrators and operators to quickly and easily bring network traffic into balance without having to build and manage extensive policy libraries and with no changes to existing network structure.

Macalester College is a private undergraduate liberal arts college located in St. Paul, Minnesota. They have high admission standards, a low student to teacher ratio, and they have an emphasis on languages and international affairs. They boast famous alumni such as U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan.

Macalester Colleges network serves 1,900 students and 6-700 staff and faculty.

Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois, is a Jesuit Catholic university dedicated to knowledge in the service of humanity. It is ranked a top national university and a "best value" for education. Their network serves 3,000 in the residence halls.

APconnections (http://www.netequalizer.com) is a privately held company founded in 2003 and is based in Lafayette, Colorado.

Media Contact: Suzan Heglin

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