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Xerocole AnswerX Name Controls Enables Mobile and Wireline Service Providers
Xerocole, the intelligent DNS Company, today announces AnswerX Name Controls, a network based content control solution that enables network operators to offer head of account whole connection based web content control services, for its subscribers. AnswerX Name Controls lets carriers offer intuitive web safety and security for its subscribers with turn-key software and services that also improves web experience speed.
Content Filtering at the Network Level for All Connected Devices
"We've witnessed explosive growth in the number of web-enabled devices in the past two years including tablets, ipods, TVs, game controls and smartphones," says Frank Bergen, CEO of Xerocole. "While there are numerous device specific applications that can offer parental controls and safety, there is a real need for one-swipe web content policy definition for an entire broadband account. With AnswerX Name Controls, Xerocole offers carriers a cost effective way to let any head of account (including business administrators) to specify a consistent level of content and protection for all devices connecting through that account without having to configure and maintain each one. At a typical household with a few kids, there are often more than 10 devices with different operating systems accessing the web. AnswerX Name Controls simplifies the control and management of the preferences with a solution that allows service providers to brand iphone or android apps and an intuitive, self-care web application with familiar movie type ratings for content categorization."
AnswerX Name Controls is about ease of use and subscriber preferences. It offers fine grain control including time-of-day, whitelisting and integration with Yahoo's Safe Search to deliver consistent preferences for any search originating within the household or business.
Carrier Scale DNS Technology Integrates Leading Databases for Safety and Security
AnswerX Name Controls is powered by a proven DNS policy engine that powers over a million subscriber-aware transactions per second with off the shelf hardware. The solution integrates with third party databases such as Symantec's Rulespace Web Content Database to map over 47 million URLs to deliver a dynamic user experience with predefined categories customizable by the service provider's product management team. The categories include malware and phishing sites to protect subscribers from not only objectionable content but also web sites that pose identity and personal data threats. The AnswerX policy engine also delivers service provider specific features including patented smart caching technology and programmable security policies that increase the speed of the user experience while securing the carrier's network from outside threats.
Specific Design for Network Operators - Easy to Manage and Deploy, Lowest TCO
Name Controls is easy to deploy as evidenced by a recent 5 million subscriber network that was fully implemented in 90 days. The solution features a software based DNS policy engine that runs on standard Unix operating systems and typically does not require additional hardware. It also includes service provider brandable cloud services, administrative portal and apps from Xerocole. Xerocole professional services are available to fine-tuning unique requirements. The AnswerX technology powering Name Controls natively supports IPv6 and DNSSEC while also giving the service provider DNS administration team enhanced analytics and productivity and security features that lowers the long term cost of DNS operations.
Availability and Pricing
AnswerX Name Controls is generally available. An operator can license the solution per active subscriber, for all subscribers or with a revenue share for those differentiating premium tiers of service.
Xerocole enables network operators to deliver intelligent DNS applications that convert DNS services from a cost to a profit center. The company's products deliver a faster and safer subscriber experience while introducing value add service revenues. It lowers the ongoing operational cost of DNS and paves a cost effective migration to IPV6 and DNSSEC. Xerocole technology currently powers more than 40 million subscribers in North America and Europe. Xerocole's management team has been developing carrier scale infrastructure solutions for more than 15 years at Sandvine, Simplicita, Openwave Systems and Software.com.