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Distrix Strengthens Network Security for IoT/M2M With New Release

Distrix (formerly Spark Integration Technologies), a leading developer of highly secure and resilient network communication solutions today announced version 4.2 of its flagship Distrix Network Virtualization Platform. The Distrix platform introduces new features that enable network managers to secure their deployments for the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). This release extends Distrix’ unique security philosophy to deliver VPN capability at any layer of the OSI stack for branch-to-datacenter and branch-to-branch connectivity. The security envelope is easily extended so organizations can integrate legacy protocols and devices onto a common network infrastructure alongside new IIoT devices.

In addition, this release adds new flexibility to the Distrix edge-based policy engine. Security and packet processing policies can now be customized at the network edge using a standard and open scripting language. When deploying Distrix either as an embedded application or a standalone gateway, this capability provides organizations the ability to easily normalize data, scale bandwidth and add new levels of security for their IIoT devices and Big Data applications.

Other enhancements in this release further simplify and automate centralized network management. A new topology display provides a complete graphical view of the entire Distrix overlay network. Through the GUI or RESTful API an expanded set of detailed operating metrics of the network can now be accessed to further automate the management of the network.

“Almost daily we hear about breaches of network security. This latest release continues to extend Distrix’ security model to deal with cyber security threats from outside and inside enterprise networks by enabling organizations to fully segregate and isolate application traffic,” said Jay Friedman, President of Distrix. “Organizations can easily extend this level of security to manage the addition of IIoT devices to their networks in order to realize the true benefits of M2M communications.”

To learn more about the Distrix SDN platform, visit www.distrix.com/products.

Distrix 4.2 will be demonstrated at the M2M Evolution Conference & Expo in Las Vegas, booth #626, August 11-14, 2014.

About Distrix

Distrix – formerly Spark Integration Technologies -- is a leading developer of software-defined network solutions that enables extremely secure and resilient networks that are simple to operate. The company's award-winning Distrix software provides secure connectivity across a variety of industries, and empowers organizations to quickly and cost-effectively implement advanced networks by refining, rather than replacing, existing infrastructures. Distrix closes the gap between information technology (IT) and operation technology (OT) systems, giving network architects and IT/OT managers the ability to remotely monitor and manage physical devices, control systems and IT resources in business-critical environments. Distrix is based in both Vancouver, British Columbia and Silicon Valley. For more information, visit www.distrix.com

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