D-Link Announces Safeguard Engine(TM) for xStack and Web Smart Switches; Stops Traffic Caused by Outside Attacks

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 1 -- D-Link, the end-to-end networking solutions provider for consumers and business, today announced its Safeguard Engine(TM) technology is now built into the company's next- generation xStack(TM) and Web Smart(TM) switches, providing improved performance and uptime for business networks by automatically stopping unnecessary traffic caused by a malicious attack from effecting normal data traffic flow.

The powerful D-Link Safeguard Engine uses a combination of software, hardware and firmware to automatically prioritize and throttle network traffic so necessary data traffic flows smoothly while high volumes of data packets caused by computer worms and viruses, identified as unwanted and potentially dangerous, are blocked at the switch.

When networks are bombarded with packet requests stemming from a malicious attack, system administrators often find network switches randomly malfunctioning, with no response to the network management system or, worst case, rebooting continuously.

The Safeguard Engine works with the D-Link switches' built-in access control lists (ACLs) and other access control mechanisms to ensure that all network systems maintain their highest performance levels by assigning appropriate priorities to all network traffic, preventing the system from acknowledging packets caused by worms, viruses and other invaders that can cause network gridlock.

"Without special defense capabilities in a switches' central processing unit (CPU), a network infrastructure can quickly become overwhelmed by erroneous bulk traffic, unable to process valid packet data and keep the network running smoothly," said AJ Wang, chief technology officer for D-Link.

"We've included our Safeguard Engine in xStack and Web Smart switches as a value-add to IT customers and business owners, providing an extra layer of protection that automatically detects and blocks unnecessary traffic from negatively effecting the performance of a network, keeping the infrastructure running smooth with minimal down-time," he added.

D-Link introduced the xStack Switch series in 2005 and since then has shipped more than 1.6 million ports.

The D-Link Safeguard Engine is especially effective when deployed in networks with many users, such as school campuses, ISPs, enterprise-level installations and Internet cafes.

Price and Availability

The Safeguard Engine technology is now available with the following switches through D-Link's extensive network of value-added resellers, distributors, retailers and online store, dlinkshop.com:

The xStack 24-port DES-3828 ($1,299.99 MSRP), 24-port DES-3828P (Power Over Ethernet, $2,199.99), 48-port DES-3852 ($2,299.99), the WebSmart DGS- 1216T ($349.99) and DGS-1224T ($449.99), the managed enterprise Layer 2 stackable switches -- DXS-3250 ($3,999.99), DXS-3227 ($2,699.99) and DXS (3227P) -- and the wireless managed enterprise switches -- DWS-3250 ($5,499.99), DWS-3227 ($4,299.99) and DWS-3227P ($4,999.99).

Selected future xStack and WebSmart switches will be upgradeable to include the Safeguard Engine. Further information will be available on the D- Link website, www.dlink.com.

About D-Link

D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for small, medium and large enterprise business networking. The company continues to strive for excellence as an award winning designer, developer, and manufacturer of networking, broadband, digital electronics, voice and data communications solutions for the digital home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Small to Medium Business (SMB), and Workgroup to Enterprise environments. With millions of networking and connectivity products manufactured and shipped, D-Link is a dominant market participant and price/performance leader in the networking and communications market. D-Link U.S.A., Canadian, and Mexico headquarters are located at 17595 Mt. Herrmann Street, Fountain Valley, CA, 92708. Phone (800) 326-1688 or (714) 885-6000; FAX (866) 743-4905; Internet www.dlink.com.

Source: D-Link Systems, Inc.

Les Goldberg,
APR, Media Relations Manager,
D-Link Systems, Inc.
+1-800-326-1688 ext 6095

George Cravens,
Technical Marketing Mgr.
D-Link Systems, Inc.
+1-800-326-1688 ext 6221

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