WS_FTP Professional 12.2 has just been listed as “Windows 7 Compatible” for 32-bit and 64-bit Windows 7 on Microsoft’s official compatibility site.

Official posting on Microsoft’s “Windows 7 Compatibility Central”:
http://tinyurl.com/yguobxo

This means that professionals and IT departments now have a certified compatible and full featured FTP client to use with Microsoft’s most recent operating system.

Ipswitch is a Microsoft Certified Partner and used both the Microsoft Windows 7 “Cookbook” and early access to pre-release operating system software to qualify WS_FTP Professional under both the 32-bit and 64-bit editions of Microsoft Windows 7.  WS_FTP Home, derived from the same code base as WS_FTP Professional, also supports Microsoft Windows 7.

My best friend and mentor Daryl Plummer used to say to me all the time, “Words matter.”. He used to say it because we’d get into these heated discussions that would dissolve into the phrase “It’s just semantics…” Well, it isn’t! Semantics do matter! Today I will address an annoyance I have with how the market uses the term ad hoc. Let’s start with some basic definitions with respect to this market.

  • Interactions are the combination of all the facets of file/data/information movement and related information (Metadata) about the file transfer including sender, receiver and intermediary. At this point I must acknowledge my colleague and friend of 9 years David Bennett, CTO of Axway, for his use of “interactions” with respect to MFT. My use of the word is consistent with his, strengthening the term in the MFT marketplace.

read more “Words Matter: Stop Using “Ad-Hoc” When You Don’t Mean To”

With awareness of data breaches at an all-time high, financial
institutions are working hard to implement policies and solutions
that protect sensitive financial information along with their
reputations and industry competitiveness. In today’s digital
world, critical financial data is being sent back and forth between
businesses and individuals at speeds faster than anyone ever
thought possible. While this information exchange allows financial
institutions to deliver higher levels of service and capitalise on
emerging growth opportunities, it also leaves them vulnerable to
security breaches and data leaks.
Hermes a multi-specialist asset manager, owned by BT Pension
Scheme (BTPS), deals with a huge amount of sensitive data and,
therefore, turned to Ipswitch to provide them with a secure and
reliable solution to help protect the transfer of data and information.
Requiring a fully versatile solution they installed Ipswitch’s MOVEit DMZ Enterprise.
Hermes offers a range of investment solutions ranging from alternative strategies, such as fund of hedge
funds and commodities, to engagement focus funds, real estate, private equity and specialist equity products.
Its pension fund management service, Hermes Pension Fund Management Limited (HPFM), runs alongside
its multi-specialist structure and acts as the executive arm of the BT Pension Scheme (BTPS). Hermes
currently invests assets on behalf of 204 clients across these product areas and has over £20 billion under
management.
“We needed to host an FTP site so that people could post information to us, which, obviously, needed to be
very secure due to the sensitivity of the data,” explained Jamie Dewar, Technical Services Manager, Hermes.
“We didn’t host FTP before as we were a ‘pull only’ organisation and just used the basic Microsoft mainline
tools. However, due to changing business requirements we required an enterprise-class FTP solution that
was highly secure.”
MOVEit DMZ is an enterprise data transfer server that boasts end-to-end encrypted transfer and storage of
data, as well as delivering powerful administration and reporting capabilities. It resides on a secure server in
a ‘de-militarised zone’ (DMZ) attached to a firewall. This enables it to be accessed through the firewall from
both inside and outside of a network for transfers including End-User-to-End-User, End-User-to-Backend-
System and Backend-System-to-Backend-System.

With awareness of data breaches at an all-time high, financial institutions are working hard to implement policies and solutions that protect sensitive financial information along with their reputations and industry competitiveness. In today’s digital world, critical financial data is being sent back and forth between businesses and individuals at speeds faster than anyone ever thought possible. While this information exchange allows financial institutions to deliver higher levels of service and capitalise on emerging growth opportunities, it also leaves them vulnerable to security breaches and data leaks.

Hermes a multi-specialist asset manager, owned by BT Pension Scheme (BTPS), deals with a huge amount of sensitive data and, therefore, turned to Ipswitch to provide them with a secure and reliable solution to help protect the transfer of data and information. Requiring a fully versatile solution they installed Ipswitch’s MOVEit DMZ Enterprise.

“We needed to host an FTP site so that people could post information to us, which, obviously, needed to be very secure due to the sensitivity of the data,” explained Jamie Dewar, Technical Services Manager, Hermes. “We didn’t host FTP before as we were a ‘pull only’ organisation and just used the basic Microsoft mainline tools. However, due to changing business requirements we required an enterprise-class FTP solution that was highly secure.”

Read more about Hermes and how they protect their private data: http://www.ipswitchft.com/resources/case-studies/moveit/enterprise-file-transfer-compliance

2010

Now that we’re into December it’s important to take a minute to reflect on the main events of 2009 so that we may be prepared for the upcoming year. The networking space has undergone considerable growth and change over the last twelve months, a matter ChannelWeb took the time to document in their article “The 10 Biggest Networking Stories of 2009” This insightful column discusses the major developments that impacted networking over the past year, ranging from takeovers to new product launches to industry-wide issues with impending consequences.

As the economy struggled during this downturn, we saw several major players in the networking space disappear and several still continue to grow. The consolidation of the video market and the takeover of Nortel’s enterprise unit by Avaya (following Nortel’s filing for bankruptcy), is an example of this shift. While HP’s and Cisco’s rivalry heated up, 2009 also saw this segment’s alternative vendors, including Juniper and Brocade, taking actions to increase their presence in the segment.  The networking space within the channel is growing stronger still and 2010 will most certainly bring about big changes.

While these and other organizations continued to fight it out in the networking space, Google made a strong entrance into the market with the introductions of the Google Android and Google Voice. As Google continues to develop its communication strategy and product offerings, it will be interesting to see the industry-wide implications of its entry.  Key networking players will need to continue innovation to stay relevant as products such as the Android emerge on the marketplace.

2009 was also a year for industry-wide changes. The convergence of data centers and networking became an important industry issue acted upon by Cisco, HP, Juniper, Brocade, and other smaller players.

This year also saw the long-promised ratification of 802.11n by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. This amendment, which improves upon the previous 802.11 standards by adding multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) and many other newer features, had been promised since 2002. The question of net neutrality emerged this year fueled by mobile platforms, wireless access security issues, illegal downloading, and other similar stories.  Currently, the FCC is accepting public comments about draft rules through January 14, 2010.  It will be interesting to see how this and these other events continue to affect the networking space.

2010 promises to be an exciting year in the networking space, particularly in the channel.  Check out the video below and hear what Melissa Dougherty, Director of N. America Channels, has to say about WhatsUp Gold’s new Flow Publisher. And trust us, that’s only the beginning . . . stay tuned as WhatsUp Gold plans exciting things to come in the first quarter!

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Groove had been around for a few years when heard about it from a friend as this awesome new collaboration technology. Man, did I need something like this for the project I had recently taken on. I set up a Groove account for myself and a group of academics collaborating to publish a series of social science research reports investigating “Global Road Traffic Safety.” The deadline for submissions to the intended academic journal selected by this group of collaborators had already been extended and extended before I joined the party. It was slow going. My objectives for using Groove was to speed up the review cycles and document version of control for…

  • More than a dozen research papers,
  • Being reviewed by half-dozen social science researchers,
  • Who were scattered across as many continents and twice as many university and governmental institutions.

read more “Technology makes online collaboration easy. Too bad people don’t like to collaborate.”

Configuration change management sounds like a Nice-to-Have not a Need-To-Have right?

Not to Microsoft’s Bing employees, especially after last night.

Microsoft’s nascent search engine went down last night from roughly 9:30pm to 10:00pm. I noticed the outage because I thought I’d try to plan an upcoming vacation using Google’s competitor around that time. Somehow I was signed up to receive “Bing Travel Deals” emails every day and had ignored or deleted them up until last night. Ironic, right?

Naturally, upon seeing the error message, the first site I checked was Twitter (another service notorious for prolonged outages) to see if anyone else had noticed. Of course many, many people had. What could have caused Bing’s crash I wondered? I felt a pang of sympathy for the tech giant. This, the same week Windows 7 was lambasted all over the web for its Black Screen of Death.

It wasn’t long before the Bing team blogged about their misfortune and explained the reason behind the apparent crash. “The cause of the outage was a configuration change during some internal testing that had unfortunate and unintended consequences,” the team wrote.

Ha! I thought. I had just had a conversation that day with a WhatsUp Gold sales engineer about our WhatsConfigured Plug-in. He was telling me about an evaluator who had shrugged off the need to automate network device configuration file backup, restore, storage, and change management processes. He and his team could just continue to do this manually he argued.

human-error1And while this evaluator is right – he and his team can just continue to update their configs manually – he is leaving room for human error.

I feel pretty confident assuming Microsoft will not be leaving configuration changes open to human error again. Because they know first hand that even if its done correctly 99.9% of the time, there is still that .01% chance that something completely avoidable could go terribly wrong. And I ask, Why take unnecessary chances?

Take a minute to check out WhatsUp Gold’s WhatsConfigured. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain!

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It’s one thing to know that your network is down when it goes down. It’s quite another to know why it’s down, and another still to know that it is in danger of going down.

Starting today WhatsUp Gold can offer that ability; the ability to know exactly why your network is down when it’s down as well as the ability to monitor when it’s in danger of going down. No more guessing games; is it a virus at the root of the problem or a DDOS attack? Maybe there’s one or even a few users who are particularly passionate about downloading last season’s Dexter, in its entirety, during work hours. Now you’ll have the knowledge to stop these Network nightmares before they do their damage.

And the best part? Well, ok, there isn’t just one best part to Flow Publisher . . . but certainly another perk the unique insight and visibility Flow Publisher provides into your network traffic for every device – whether they natively support flow monitoring or not! No more pricey routers. Flow Publisher will capture raw traffic from the network and convert it into standard NetFlow records.

But don’t take it from me; check out the WhatsUp Guru, Jason William’s Flow Publisher video and get a complete technical overview of our newest product!

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Tomorrow it won’t matter if you don’t have budget for expensive routers. Tomorrow it won’t matter if its NetFlow, sFlow or jFlow you need to monitor. Tomorrow WhatsUp Gold will release Flow Publisher.

Flow Publisher is our light weight traffic analyzing tool, fully integrated with our Flow Monitor plug-in. After tomorrow you will no longer need to react to Network problems, you will be able to predict and prevent them.

Check back tomorrow to learn more. In the mean time, secure a spot in our Flow Publisher Webinar Series before they’re all gone and enter to win a Flip video camera!

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