All-in-One Internet Filtering Solution Solves Costly Problems for Easton Bell Sports

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Bloxx, the enterprise web content filtering specialist, today announced that after a full year of having Bloxx Tru-View Technology internet filter installed, Easton Bell Sports (EBS) has successfully reduced bandwidth consumption by half and significantly improved employee productivity and internet security.

We noticed that many employees were streaming audio/video and that it was taking up a lot of bandwidth and bogging down the network

Bloxx, the enterprise web filtering specialist, today announced that after a full year of having the Bloxx Tru-View Technology installed, Easton Bell Sports has successfully reduced bandwidth consumption by half and significantly improved employee productivity and internet security.
Prior to installing Bloxx Tru-View Technology Easton-Bell Sports was growing increasingly concerned about its bandwidth consumption, as well as the time IT staff members were spending removing malware from employees' computers. In addition, upper management was eager to assess employee Internet use and its affect on productivity. The rising importance of these issues caused the company to seek out a cost-effective Internet filtering solution.

"We noticed that many employees were streaming audio/video and that it was taking up a lot of bandwidth and bogging down the network," says Matt Baskett, Network Operations Manager at EBS. "We had no way to monitor or restrict this usage, which is one of the main reasons we needed an Internet filtering product."

Concerned about the security of EBS's network, Baskett says: "IT personnel were spending a lot of their time clearing malware from employee computers. We needed to guard ourselves against advertisements and malicious software." Baskett realized that, with the growth of the Internet, security measures cannot remain static, and URL databases only address a small percentage of the web's ever-increasing number of URLs. "We were looking for a solution that could deliver filtering beyond a database," he states.

After extensively evaluating a number of different web filtering solutions, Baskett and his team selected Bloxx's web filtering appliance as the most satisfying solution for EBS. It is a dynamic content filtering solution that uses industry-leading Tru-View Technology to analyze, categorize and filter websites in real time. The all-in-one Bloxx appliance includes: Web filtering; reporting tools; caching; IM and P2P control, malware blocking, and anonymous proxy filtering capabilities."When we brought in the Bloxx appliance and compared it to the other solutions, we were overwhelmingly impressed with the technology; it was like night and day. Another huge selling point was that their pricing structure is based on traffic load and not 'per user' so we receive the best value for our money," explaines Baskett.
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"With roughly 1000 users being tracked, we have noticed a significant reduction in bandwidth consumption - it has been reduced by almost half," says Baskett, who references two correlative results: bandwidth cost savings and decreased network latency. In addition, with employee no longer spending their time on YouTube or viewing other streaming media, staff productivity has improved considerably.

After heightening its network security, Easton-Bell Sports now blocks malicious software and advertising, and, in turn, has significantly reduced IT management time spent on these problems. "Within two hours of powering up the Bloxx appliance we had over 3,000 spyware requests blocked," notes Baskett. "This is a big deal as our Help desks had been spending a large amount of time clearing off malware. We have seen a huge improvement with the Bloxx filtering solution in place. Now our IT staff can focus on more important responsibilities."

From reducing bandwidth consumption and IT costs, to improving Internet security and the company's overall performance, Bloxx's Tru-View Technology has proved to be the ideal solution for EBS's IT crossroads.

More information about Tru-View Technology is available online at http://www.bloxx.com.

About Bloxx: Bloxx Inc., the enterprise Web filtering company, offers appliance-based Web filtering for medium and large organizations in both the business and public sectors. Established in 1999, Bloxx is a privately held company with offices in the U.S., U.K., The Netherlands, and Australia. In 2007, it was recognized by Deloitte as one of the U.K.'s Top 50 Fastest Growing Technology Companies in its prestigious "Fast 50." For more information, visit http://www.bloxx.com.
About Easton-Bell Sports, Inc.: Easton-Bell Sports, Inc., (EBS) is a leading designer, developer and marketer of sports equipment and accessories for athletic and recreational activities, including baseball, football, cycling, hockey, and snow sports. Its current focus: growing power sports. The firm, created in 2006 by a merger between Riddell Bell and Easton Sports, has sales over $700 million with over 30 sites and 1,000 plus employees throughout the United States.

Stephanie Sperry, Marketing Manager - North America
Phone: 781-229-0980

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