Fanfare Media Works Finds OpenDNS a Better Solution than Websense; Makes the Switch and Saves Thousands

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SoCal Media Company Switches Easily to OpenDNS at Multiple Office Locations, Saves Money and Boosts Employee Productivity

OpenDNS, the award-winning navigation service that makes the Internet safer, faster, smarter and more reliable, today announced Fanfare Media Works has joined a growing number of companies switching away from Websense in an effort to better secure their networks and save IT budget. Fanfare Media Works is the leader in targeted retail advertising, with more than 50 years of operations and partnerships with retail chains across the United States. OpenDNS is the world's largest and fastest growing DNS service provider.

The Southern California company ran an extensive test of OpenDNS and concluded the free service better answers its needs than Websense, which cost the company nearly ten thousand dollars annually for providing minimal content filtering.

"We used Websense, but found it was more than we needed," said Kenneth Balter, Network Administrator for Fanfare Media Works. "OpenDNS is perfect. It allows us to block streaming audio and video, which helps to conserve bandwidth, as well as sites that are simply work-inappropriate. And the fact that's it's free is very important to us. Switching to OpenDNS is saving Fanfare nearly ten thousand dollars annually."

"With the American economy in its current state, more and more companies are looking to reduce their IT spend. They're stringently evaluating where their IT dollars are going," said David Ulevitch, Founder and CEO of OpenDNS. "A service like OpenDNS that is not just superior in performance, but also free, is a no-brainer."

In addition to its security features and Web-content filtering functionality, Balter and his team appreciate the fact that OpenDNS makes Web pages load faster and their Internet connection at the office more reliable.

"I'd absolutely recommend OpenDNS to other network administrators," continued Balter. "Look-ups are much quicker, which makes Web pages load faster, and the service makes Fanfare employees more productive. Our experience with OpenDNS has been nothing short of positive."

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OpenDNS is free to use and makes the Internet safer, faster, smarter and more reliable. Based in San Francisco, the company operates a large distributed network that powers a new kind of recursive DNS (Domain Name System) service that provides all Internet users increased security, reliability and performance. OpenDNS is thoroughly committed to building and operating the best DNS platform in the world and to improving the Internet. For more information about OpenDNS, please visit:


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