D-Link® Unleashes NetDefend(TM) Line of High Performance Firewall, VPN and Application Security Appliances for Small-to-Medium Business


FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Dec. 5 / -- D-Link, the end-to-end networking solutions provider for consumers and business, today announced the addition of two new firewall and virtual private network (VPN) appliances and a powerful new application security gateway to its D-Link NetDefend line of business-class security solutions designed for the small to medium-sized business (SMB).

Addressing growing concerns from small and medium-sized businesses over network security, hacker attacks, virus threats, and increasing privacy issues, the two new D-Link NetDefend Firewall/VPN Appliances (DFL-800 and DFL-1600) securely control traffic and content entering and exiting a business class network while maintaining the highest levels of performance and availability. The D-Link NetDefend Application Security Gateway (DFL-M510) further protects small and medium-sized businesses from the growing risk of exploitation through commonly used instant messaging and peer-to-peer applications with hardware-based layer seven payload inspection capability, providing SMBs with administration tools to monitor and control the misuse of Internet bandwidth, block malware, and enforce company security and usage policies.

"The D-Link NetDefend line of security appliances serve the need for a company's network to stay up and running in the midst of ongoing malicious attacks and outside threats, which is invaluable in today's extremely competitive business environment," said Steven Joe, president and CEO for D-Link. "NetDefend takes today's toughest intruder attack challenges head-on by offering small to medium-sized businesses protection with flexible, robust, and powerful security solutions that defend and adapt to the ever-changing threats thrust at companies."

"Network security solutions are an important pillar of D-Link's end-to-end strategy for small and medium businesses," stated Norm Bogen, Director of Networking with In-Stat. "The D-Link NetDefend VPN firewall and application security products address the need for robust and sturdy defensive weapons to protect companies from the growing exposure to sophisticated network attacks and exploits."

The impressive D-Link NetDefend Application Security Gateway (DFL-M510) is a new breed of security product that combines both intrusion detection and intrusion protection with a hardware-based layer-seven application filter. The D-Link NetDefend Application Security Gateway, which is positioned inline between a company's internal network and their network firewall, is an effective tool to address the threats businesses face from the increased use of instant messaging and peer-to-peer applications.

By enforcing a company's security and acceptable use policies through the deployment of the D-Link DFL-M510, businesses will reap the benefits of reclaimed Internet bandwidth, protection from malicious agents hidden inside application traffic, and reduced legal liability from an employee's Internet usage while at work. The D-Link NetDefend Application Security Gateway provides group, network, or host level policy configuration to control and manage file transfers, streaming media, web applications, or personal email usage.

The D-Link NetDefend Desktop VPN Firewall (DFL-800) supports up to 25,000 concurrent sessions and is a next-generation security appliance that provides integrated Network Address Translation (NAT), Stateful Packet Inspection Firewall, advanced content filtering, Intrusion Detection, bandwidth management, OSPF routing, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) support in a single high performance solution. The D-Link NetDefend Desktop VPN Firewall includes seven trusted 10/100 Mbps Ethernet LAN ports, dual load-balanced 10/100 Mbps Ethernet WAN ports, and a user-configurable 10/100 Mbps Ethernet DMZ port to support local servers for e-mail, Web, or FTP.

Several enterprise-class firewall features on the D-Link NetDefend Desktop VPN Firewall assist administrators in managing, monitoring, and maintaining a high performance and secure network infrastructure. Security control features of the D-Link DFL-800 include intrusion detection pattern matching with automatic pattern updates as well as URL, keyword, and Java/ActiveX script filtering. The D-Link NetDefend Desktop VPN Firewall is SNMP manageable and offers monitoring and maintenance features such as remote management, e-mail alerts, extensive system logging, and real-time statistics.

For secured remote access, the D-Link NetDefend Desktop VPN Firewall has both an integrated VPN Client and Server to support almost any required VPN configuration. With a hardware VPN engine supporting up to 300 dedicated VPN tunnels, the D-Link DFL-800 offers IPSec, PPTP, and L2TP protocol support as well as advanced DES, 3DES, AES, Twofish, Blowfish, and CAST-128 encryption, Manual or IKE/ISAKMP key management, and authentication support using either an external RADIUS server or a 500-user internal database.

The 400,000 concurrent session D-Link NetDefend Rackmount VPN Firewall (DFL-1600) has all the features of the D-Link DFL-800 in a 1U rack-mountable chassis. The D-Link NetDefend Rackmount VPN Firewall includes six configurable gigabit Ethernet ports that can be used for LAN, WAN, or DMZ connections. The D-Link DFL-1600 will support up to 1200 dedicated VPN tunnels and includes additional features such as 802.1q VLAN tagging and extensive High Availability (HA) features. HA options include Active/Passive Mode operation with Device Failure Detection, Link Failure Detection, and Automated Fail-Over.

Price and Availability
The D-Link DFL-800, DFL-1600, and DFL-M510 models are now available through authorized reseller and distribution partners at a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $1699.99 for the D-Link DFL-800, $6999.99 for the D-Link DFL-1600 and $2799.99 for the D-Link DFL-M510. All three products come with a One Year Warranty and absolutely FREE Security Updates.

The D-Link Network Services Program
The D-Link Network Services Program delivers flexible world-class 24x7 onsite support and next business day advanced hardware replacement services to businesses through a robust program tiered to meet the individual company needs. Available in a variety of service plans, coverage options and pricing plans, the D-Link Network Services Program allows businesses to tailor a protection plan that meets its individual network availability requirements.

The D-Link Business Solutions Partner Program
The D-Link Business Solutions Partner Program offers essential partner benefits and services that include tiered pricing from distributors, additional discounts on D-Link Business Class products, priority field support for D-Link Business Class products, priority 24/7 Technical Support services, competitive bid desk services, a free three-month demo trial period on selected business networking products (limited time offer), lifetime warranty services, and special reseller-only promotions. VAR partners interested in becoming new D-Link Business Solutions Partners can sign up by calling 1-888-DLINKSI (354-6574). Additional information can be found at the D-Link website: www.dlink.com/var.

About D-Link
D-Link is the global leader in connectivity for small, medium and large enterprise business networking. The company is 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., Canada, 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.

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