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Leading New York Fashion Label Selects OpenDNS


By Derek Iwasiuk
June 13, 2007

OpenDNS, the award-winning DNS provider that makes the Internet safer, faster, smarter and more reliable, today announced Kathy Van Zeeland is using OpenDNS instead of the DNS services offered by its ISPs. The fashion label made the decision to switch to OpenDNS after its Director of IT identified OpenDNS as an way to improve the Internet experience and free up IT staffers' time. Further, the level of insight into network activity OpenDNS provides, and the fact that it's free, made OpenDNS the perfect solution for the growing company.

Kathy Van Zeeland implemented OpenDNS at the core of its network, using DNS forwarding at its domain controllers, making the transition seamless and simple. The company is leveraging all OpenDNS features, including phishing protection, typo correction and adult site blocking.

"Aside from the value added features, OpenDNS brings visibility to an otherwise ignored, but important and necessary, network service," said Colby Makowsky, Director of IT for Kathy Van Zeeland. "Giving us visibility into what the employees are experiencing lets us better understand and troubleshoot any issues that impact the core service of Internet utilization. What ISP displays a public, real-time status portal or hosts an active online community, encouraging open discussion regarding current and future features? Better yet, try calling a national internet provider and speaking with someone that can understand and have a meaningful conversation regarding DNS - it's an often neglected 'utility'."

Since switching to OpenDNS, Manhattan-based Kathy Van Zeeland has enjoyed 100 percent Internet uptime and Makowsky says the company's Internet is noticeably faster, and more importantly, it's safer.

"OpenDNS' innovation is superb. The company is pioneering thoughtful and inventive features that are effortlessly deployed, maintained, monitored and quickly appreciated by every user who utilizes your service," continued Makowsky. "OpenDNS allowed us to deploy important features with no infrastructure expenditures, software licensing, or support costs, freeing up our MIS/IT team to do what we do best - focus on the growth of our organization…while giving us the piece of mind that our users are safely and quickly navigating the Web."

Kathy Van Zeeland ( was founded in 2004 to create the highest quality and trend-right handbags for women. Quickly ranking among the top brands, Kathy Van Zeeland offers it's products in over 1,500 stores domestically and countless international boutiques. The company is growing swiftly as its designers constantly develop new fashion product delivered at a reasonable price. While Kathy Van Zeeland is located in the heart of Manhattan's fashion district, it has international appeal with retail stores opening up worldwide.

OpenDNS ( 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.

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