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November 07, 2008

APconnections Announces One-Gigabit Enhancement to NetEqualizer Traffic Shaper

By Anshu Shrivastava, TMCnet Contributor

Lafayette, Colorado-based APconnections, a supplier of plug-and-play bandwidth shaping products, has announced a one-gigabit enhancement to their NetEqualizer (News - Alert) brand traffic shapers.
The NetEqualizer is a plug-and-play bandwidth control and WAN/Internet optimization appliance. NetEqualizer appliances are bandwidth shaping systems designed for voice and data networks.
During network congestion, NetEqualizer’ “behavior shaping” technology gives priority to latency-sensitive applications—voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) and email. All this is done automatically, according to company officials. And, it also improves on other bandwidth shaping technology available.
According to the officials, NetEqualizer appliances automatically shape traffic based on “built-in fairness rules.” Based on current network usage, NetEqualizer's built-in rules-based, application-level traffic-shaping technology controls traffic.
NetEqualizer provides bandwidth limiting features through fairness, favors bandwidth for Web browsing, chat and e-mail; host—supports up to 4000 individual hard limits; subnet; MAC address; Port; and virtual local area network (VLAN).   
The largest model, the NE-3000, is rated for 350 megabits, said Eli Riles, vice president of sales at APconnections. However, customers were looking for a higher-end machine, and this enhancement of one-gigabit fulfills that need.
Riles said that the current NE-3000 platform will be able to run this new version with just a software upgrade. Initially, the one-gigabit enhancement is expected to handle 12,000 users and sustained line speeds of one gigabit.
Company said that additional releases are in the works for “even higher speeds” and more users.
APconnections develops easy-to-install and manage traffic shaping appliances. Company’s NetEqualizer product family optimizes critical network bandwidth resources for organizations that purchases bandwidth in bulk and then redistributes or resells that bandwidth.
Earlier in September, Company announced that Comcast deployed behavior-based traffic shaping techniques similar to the ones featured in APconnections’ NetEqualizer. Comcast (News - Alert) is using an equitable behavior-based technology for controlling congestions on the Internet.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray