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D-Link Adds Bandwidth Management Tool

Posted by iNext - 2005-12-09

D-Link has upgraded two of its high-end VPN/firewall products and introduced a new application security gateway to its NetDefend line of small business networking security products.

D-Link sees these products as part of its push to become a provider of end-to-end networking solutions that will be sold through channel partners, according to Rosas. Solution providers will also be able to bundle these products with support services, he added.

The NetDefend Application Security Gateway DFL-M510 is a new offering that can be used in conjunction with a firewall to not only provide security, but also to help companies manage usage of corporate bandwidth, according to Rocky Rosas, technical marketing engineer at D-Link, Fountain Valley, Calif.

The DFL-M510 gives companies a way to block employee usage of non-business related applications such as P2P file sharing, streaming media and Web-based email, according to Rosas. "Companies that want better control over their bandwidth can use this product to enforce security policies, ensure business productivity, and reduce liability from employee use of pirated software," he said.

The rack-mounted NetDefend DFL-1600 and desktop DFL-800 firewalls are aimed at companies with between 50-250 users, said Rosas. Both products provide integrated intrusion protection, content filtering, remote management, and bandwidth management functionality.

The DFL-800 includes seven 10/100 Mbps Ethernet ports and supports 300 dedicated VPN tunnels, while the DFL-1600 includes six gigabit Ethernet ports configurable for WAN or LAN connections, and supports 1200 VPN tunnels, Rosas said.

The DFL-800 firewall has a list price of $1700, the DFL-1600 firewall is priced at $7000, and the DFL application security gateway is priced at $2800. All three are available immediately and include a one-year warranty with free security updates.

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