Ethernet Switches offer cloud managed client security service.
May 22, 2012 -
WebSmart DES-1210 and DGS-1210 series switches are available with D-Link® Insight(TM) cloud-based monitoring and security platform. Portal-based administration system addresses mobility concerns of network administrators by bringing network device discovery, tracking, and compliance monitoring to switches. Cloud-based portal provides snapshot of serial numbers, firmware versions, locations, and connectivity status as well as logged history of backups and reboots.
|Original Press release |
D-Link Systems, Inc.
17595 Mt. Herrmann St.
Fountain Valley, CA, 92708
D-Link Introduces Insight(TM) Cloud Managed Client Security Service, Available for Free in WebSmart Switches
D-Link® Insight Cloud Managed Client Security Brings Device Monitoring Simplicity to SMBs at No Additional Cost
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. -- D-Link, the cost-effective, standards-based unified networking solutions provider for small-and medium sized business, today announced plans to integrate cloud-based monitoring and security into its existing WebSmart series of switches. The new platform, known as D-Link Insight(TM), combines pioneering D-Link® Cloud services with WebSmart switch architecture to create a highly-accessible, portal-based administration system for businesses.
The increasing demand for mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones has left many administrators clamoring to understand who and what is connecting to their networks to ensure security and compliance. According to Gartner[i], "Sales of open OS* devices... are expected to surpass the 1 billion mark by 2015, when they will account for 47 percent of the total mobile device market." Subsequently, the administrators of SMB networks are, and will continue to be burdened by the growing number of client devices.
D-Link Insight Expands Network Administrator Control D-Link Insight addresses the mobility concerns of network administrators with a powerful solution that brings network device discovery, tracking, and compliance monitoring to WebSmart series switches at no additional cost. "D-Link is the first vendor to offer this kind of integrated cloud-based solution to customers," said David Nguyen, director product management, ethernet switching and security, D-Link. "In the past, dedicated hardware would have been required to carry out these functions, not to mention the extensive expertise needed to configure and maintain such a system. D-Link Insight makes these functions available directly on the WebSmart switch itself, without additional hardware, and everything is conveniently accessible from a friendly web-based portal in the cloud."
Switches can be monitored from the cloud-based portal that provides a snapshot of serial numbers, firmware versions and locations. Current connectivity status is also readily available, along with a logged history of backups and reboots. Additionally, a convenient table view of all devices on the network provides basic information at a glance. Devices can be organized into SmartLists, and the system can be configured to send out e-mail alerts in the event that new devices are joined to the network. As there is no license fee per additional user, administrators can invite as many users as necessary to help them manage and monitor their network.
Pricing and Availability
D-Link Insight is immediately available on the DES-1210 and DGS-1210 [ii]series switches via a firmware update on dlink.com. Once installed, D-Link Insight can be configured via a streamlined registration process using the web GUI. Administrators need simply to configure the IP address, gateway and DNS server to proceed with switch registration to the Insight portal.
Additionally, D-Link Insight users will also receive a free one year trial of Insight Plus. D-Link Insight Plus, a premium service, uses the Microsoft NAP architecture to obtain a comprehensive health status report of a client computer and creates lists and alerts if and when clients are not in compliance with network security policies. For more information, please visit www.dlink.com.
*An open OS makes a software developer kit (SDK) available to developers, who can use native application programming interfaces (APIs) to write applications. The OS can be supported by a sole vendor or multiple vendors. It can be, but does not have to be, open source. Examples are BlackBerry OS, iOS, Symbian, Android, Windows Phone, Linux, Limo Foundation, WebOS and bada.
Insight(TM) Cloud Managed Client Security for D-Link Web Smart Switches. Insight is a unique Cloud-based network device monitoring solution allowing businesses to stop security threats at the source - the user's computer. Utilizing D-Link® DES/DGS-1210 series Web Smart switches, Insight offers two monitoring levels for individual client computer security compliance: Insight and Insight Plus.
Insight offers network device discovery plus:
-- Tracking of devices connected to the switch by MAC address, IP and switch port
-- DHCP OS fingerprinting to identify DHCP and DNS servers, routers/gateways and clients
-- Automatic switch configuration backup and restore
-- Notification alerts indicating change in device connectivity to the network (e.g., new hardware additions or Web smart switch disconnection)
-- Windows and Mac compatible
-- Insight Cloud service included for free with the switch Insight Plus includes the Insight Basic functionality, plus active security monitoring of individual connected devices and extended OS fingerprinting functions, including:
-- Microsoft® Network Access Protection (NAP) for visibility into the compliance of clients to security policy without the complexity of managing a local security server
-- Report compliance of Windows and Mac clients for Firewall status, Anti-Spyware updates, Anti-Virus updates and OS updates
-- Warns both administrator and user of any problems
-- Eases IT administration burden by avoiding security related system rebuilds
-- Delivers ROI on antivirus/antispyware investments
-- 1 year trial to Insight Plus Cloud service
D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for home, small business, mid- to large-sized enterprise environments, and service providers. An award-winning designer, developer, and manufacturer, D-Link implements and supports unified network solutions that integrate capabilities in switching, wireless, broadband, storage, IP Surveillance, and cloud-based network management. For more information visit www.dlink.com, or connect with D-Link on Facebook (www.facebook.com/dlink) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/dlink).
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[i] Source: http://www.gartner.com/it/page.jsp?id=1622614
[ii] D-Link Insight supported on DES-1210-28/28P/52 Rev.A1 and DGS-121016/24/48 RevA1