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Ipswitch, Inc. Announces Partnership with Fluke Networks to Offer Mobile Network Management Solution for Small-to-Medium Businesses

Network Management Leaders Join to Offer Real-time Monitoring and Portable Troubleshooting Solution

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Laurie Klausner
Ipswitch, Inc.
(781) 676-5794

Lexington, Massachusetts – April 26, 2005 – Ipswitch, Inc., the leading developer of network management, messaging and file transfer solutions for small-to-medium businesses (SMBs), today announced it has entered a partnership with Fluke Networks, a provider of innovative solutions for the testing, monitoring and analysis of enterprise and telecommunications networks, to produce a unique real-time solution specifically tailored to meet the mobile needs of administrators of small to medium size networks.

WhatsUp Key Device Watch, which is based on Ipswitch WhatsUp® Small Business, is available to users of Fluke Networks NetTool™ Inline Network Tester and LinkRunner™ handheld devices. Ipswitch WhatsUp Small Business provides the critical functions needed to monitor and protect a small network without complexity or high cost. WhatsUp Key Device Watch enables users to map to their networks, monitor critical devices such as email or web sites, and receive alerts about any problems via email, sound, or visual pop-up, in order to speed problem resolution. A trend analysis feature, which tracks network diagnostics over time with graphical reports and charts of historical data, is also available in this bundle.

“We are excited to partner with Fluke Networks to provide the SMB market with cutting-edge solutions to isolate network problems and fix them faster than ever before,” said Alex Neihaus, vice president of marketing at Ipswitch. “As networks in SMBs grow and become more complex, the ability to identify and address issues for administrators while they are on the move becomes even more important. Our partnership with Fluke Networks allows us to combine our strengths with theirs to deliver a unique, high-capability network monitoring solution for network administrators.”

Fluke Networks Handheld Devices

LinkRunner is a handheld network connectivity tester and an essential tool that quickly and accurately verifies connectivity and availability. As networks run faster and become more complex, infrastructure cabling and devices must operate to precise levels in a tighter performance window. LinkRunner assists with this goal by enabling users to quickly identify a problem and improving troubleshooting and escalation accuracy.

NetTool Inline Network Tester combines cable, network, and PC configuration testing into one palm-sized tool that empowers network administrators to quickly identify and resolve the toughest connectivity problems. With the NetTool Inline Network Tester, administrators can connect between two network devices, review the traffic between them and quickly see the three most common connectivity problems: (1) the PC is not properly configured; (2) a network resource is not available, or (3) there is a cable problem.

The combination of WhatsUp Key Device Watch with Fluke Network’s solutions provides a streamlined approach to network monitoring and troubleshooting. As WhatsUp Key Device Watch proactively monitors and identifies any problems on a network on a 24/7 basis, LinkRunner and NetTool can troubleshoot an identified problem area with instant information about the performance and connectivity of the network.

Pricing and Availability

Fluke Networks LinkRunner with WhatsUp Key Device Watch is available from Fluke Networks for $545. Fluke Networks NetTool Inline Network Tester with WhatsUp Key Device Watch is available from Fluke Networks starting at $917. To purchase either solution, please visit or call 800-283.5853.

About Ipswitch, Inc.

Ipswitch develops and markets software that works for small and medium businesses worldwide. More than 100 million people use Ipswitch software every day to collaborate via Ipswitch Collaboration Suite, monitor their networks with Ipswitch WhatsUp®, and transfer files over the Internet using the market leading Ipswitch WS_FTP® Professional client and Ipswitch WS_FTP Server. Ipswitch values community involvement. Visit to find out how to become involved. For product and sales information, write to or visit

About Fluke Networks

Fluke Networks provides innovative solutions for the testing, monitoring and analysis of enterprise and telecommunications networks and the installation and certification of the fiber and copper forming the foundation for those networks. The company's comprehensive line of Network SuperVision solutions™ provide network installers, owners, and maintainers with superior vision, combining speed, accuracy and ease of use to optimize network performance. Headquartered in Everett, Washington, the company has approximately 500 employees worldwide and distributes its products in more than 50 countries. More information can be found by visiting Fluke Networks' Web site at or by calling (800) 283-5853.


WS_FTP and WhatsUp are registered trademarks of Ipswitch, Inc.