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D-LINK provides Indiana technology vendor with firewall solution to boost uptime


Tempus Technologies Secures Virtual Private Network (VPN); Realizes Increased Bandwidth and Management Capabilities
FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. — When Tempus Technologies was seeking to set up a secure Virtual Private Network (VPN) in order roll out its retail point-of-sale application to more video store and tanning salon retailers, it turned to D-Link for a robust firewall solution to provide high uptime availability.

“We needed something that would not be dropping VPN tunnels all the time,” said Jason Sweitzer, President of Tempus Technologies, Inc. The company also needed superior bandwidth allocation and management capabilities. Finally, they needed a solution that would be easy to setup, manage and maintain.

Located in Auburn, Indiana, Tempus Technologies is a technology vendor that focuses on point-of-sale (POS) applications, data warehousing and payment processing for retail companies such as video stores and tanning salons. Its flagship products, Spectrum POS and Spectrum RetailNET, help video rental stores and other retailers effectively manage their operations.

In order to roll out its RetailNET solution to more customers, Tempus needed to set up a virtual VPN to pull data from point-of-sale (POS) sites to their central database. The two-way channel would allow customers to access data in pre-defined formats as needed. “We needed a robust firewall solution to establish a secure VPN. The firewall solution would have to provide high uptime availability,” said Sweitzer.

D-Link’s NetDefend™ series of firewalls provided Tempus with the optimal solution on all counts. “After a lot of research, we found that the D-Link® DFL business series offered an extremely rich feature set when compared to competitively classed products,” said Sweitzer. “The brand that’s considered the gold standard was not appropriate for small and medium sized businesses. With them, we’d have to hire a vendor tech for basic configuration.” Tempus chose to install D-Link DFL-210 firewalls at their customer sites and a DFL-1600 rack mount VPN firewall for their own backhaul site.

The new solution allows Tempus to support policy-based routing with nearly unlimited inbound ISP connections. “As an example, we can have multiple ISPs feed in to our main data center and pull everything into one device,” explained Sweitzer. “Everything’s managed with super redundancy. If we’re doing an outbound transaction, we set the primary transaction to go out over the primary Internet connection, then we set the secondary to route over the secondary Internet connection. If one of them fails, it’s immediately going to switch to the alternate connection and always be live.”

The D-Link solution allows Tempus to manage bandwidth at specific ports, as well. “We didn’t have the flexibility to do this before,” said Sweitzer. “Now, with the DFL firewalls, we can prioritize a credit card transaction higher than YouTube downloads, for example.” The equipment was easy to set up. “We don’t need a certified tech, and we can manage everything with our in-house team. The cost is not really in the equipment acquisition. The cost is in the consulting. With these routers, you don’t have to pay $200 an hour to configure them.”

“With D-Link you don’t have to worry about costly service support down the road, the equipment is ICSA certified, and the price point is very reasonable.” When a Tempus customer needs a security assessment or audit, they like to see the ICSA certification. Not all equipment is ICSA certified. Tempus is committed to a growing relationship with D-Link. “We’re rolling out a kiosk product right now nationally that will feature the D-Link firewall solutions. We’re very confident with the equipment we’ve chosen.”


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