Today Microsoft recognized Ipswitch as an “Independent Software Vendor” (ISV) in its Certified Partner Program.

Ipswitch was previously enrolled in the program with a security competency but was recognized today as an ISV after L10NBRIDGE provided third-party certification of WS_FTP Professional 12.2’s fitness under Microsoft Windows 7.

In addition to benefits Ipswitch already enjoys as a member of Microsoft’s Certified Partner Program, ISV status within that program provides Ipswitch with even more access to Microsoft technical expertise for initial design of products or deep-end debugging.

We’re having a blast at Cisco Live! Las Vegas this year! We’ve met a lot of you out there and have loved hearing your feedback on WhatsUp Gold’s network management software and plug-ins.

If you’re in Vegas and haven’t had a chance to stop by booth #1751 at the Mandalay Bay yet, swing by today! We have scheduled tutorials by our engineers as well as some fun giveaways!

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As part of our acquisition of MessageWay Solutions I had the chance to sit down and talk with Architect Bob Cheal.  One of the things I didn’t expect to hear over dinner was our common roots in technology from Burroughs, a key mainframe middleware player in the late 1980s and 1990s, and technology through which much early EDI traffic flowed.

Standard Networks, the company I was acquired into Ipswitch with, got its start developing front-end processors (FEPs) to handle heavy transaction loads to Unisys mainframes and its (often) banking applications.  MessageWay Solutions, our newest acquisition, also had FEP roots in the HP (aka Tandem) NonStop systems.  Both companies’ technical experience in those markets drew directly from Burroughs and its focus on high uptime, accuracy and throughput.

From there Standard Networks’ MOVEit brand specialized in data transmission security, working its way into Fortune 50 enterprise deployments by providing solid answers to security and regulatory challenges.  MessageWay Solutions specialized in high volume/high performance B2B communications and data translation supporting a wide array of data formats  in the banking, healthcare and supply chain markets, working its way into Fortune 50 enterprise deployments by providing solid answers to governance challenges around file lifecycle and performance challenges on open platforms.

With acquisitions of both companies now complete, Ipswitch now has a potent combination of technologies and high-volume, mission-critical experience whose institutional memory stretches back to the 1980’s and beyond.  As our product portfolio evolves, we will be combining these capabilities to provide new and innovative solutions to our existing customers and to the MFT market place, as well as accelerating the development of certain core components that will extend our existing product capabilities to meet the ever changing needs of our customers.

Stay tuned and in touch with your account representatives for more information on this front, or to find out how our recent acquisition of MessageWay can help address your EDI, transformation or multi-platform challenges today.

Today the PCI Security Standards Council will announce that its three main publications will switch to a synchronized three year cycle.   There will still be a new PCI DSS coming out this October, but the next one will not come out until fall 2013.

This shows that the payment card industry, lately seen as a security leader in the financial space, is generally happy with its efforts to define what an appropriately secured and managed environment ought to be and expects future changes to come more slowly than they have in the past.

Over the weekend support manager Kevan Bard and his operations team successfully upgraded Ipswitch File Transfer’s MOVEit DMZ Hosted Services (that’s MOVEit DMZ software as a service) to version 7.0.  There were two highly-available setups one thousand files apart involved in the upgrade, and a significant banking customer on this infrastructure (with just over 500 users and 35GB online) was moved between data centers the same time.

The upgrade/migration of these systems and their thousands of active users was one of Ipswitch’s more complex operating challenges in recent years and was planned, tested, staged and executed with a high degree of success.  If your data deserves the white-glove treatment too, rest assured that the right people are in place to support your technology, whether on-premises or in one of our SaaS offerings.

Every true handyman has a toolkit – essentially just a holding place for all of his tools. These tools are key parts of any fix-it project: tightening up a bolt here, adjusting a crooked painting there, quieting the creaky door upstairs.

The Diagnostics and DNS Verification categories of the WhatsUp Gold Engineer’s Toolkit aren’t much different in funcionality than the toolkit you may use at home. The diagnostic tools, including Enhanced Ping, Trace Route, WAN Load Generator, Spam Blast, and SNMP Grapher, help network engineers diagnose a problem and implement the solution quickly and efficiently. The DNS Verification tools (DNS WhoIs Resolver, DNS Audit, DNS Analyzer) help locate and resolve DNS errors and ensure your DNS is mapped correctly.

The WhatsUp Gold Engineer’s Toolkit is great for quickly troubleshooting network issues ad-hoc; for more continuous scalable monitoring consider WhatsUp Gold. How’s that for IT Management Made Simple?

The new WhatsUp Gold Engineer’s Toolkit will arrive in late June. Want to be the first to know once its available? Sign up now and enter to win an iPad! Want to learn more about the Engineer’s Toolkit? Listen now!

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Industry expert Michael Osterman shares some great editorial and perspective in Messaging News on the Ipswitch acquisition of MessageWay.  He starts by pointing out that Ipswitch is positioned as a “Leader” in the latest Gartner Magic Quadrant for Managed File Transfer….. As well as Ipswitch’s proven track record in the file transfer space (Nearly 20-years for those counting).

He also nailed what the acquisition immediately brings to the table as far as expanding Ipswitch’s range of solution offerings:  “(Ipswitch has) clearly boosted its position in the MFT space with this acquisition given that MessageWay’s MFT solutions are designed for high volume file transfer applications in the large enterprise (Global 2000) and service provider markets.”

I particularly like (and agree with) his answer to the question of “Why is MFT important?”

“Among the many reasons are two key ones:

read more “Why is MFT important?”

In keeping up with our spirit of innovation and consistent development, WhatsUp Gold has announced the arrival of its latest version, 14.3, and an updated plug-in, WhatsVirtual 2.0. This represents WhatsUp Gold’s most recent effort to gather and respond to user feedback in order to bring you WUG ninjas a more comprehensive and intuitive product.

You’ve probably recognized that the VMware virtual environment bus is underway and don’t want to be left in the dust. So you’ve migrated some or all of your network to a virtual environment. If this is the case, WhatsVirtual 2.0 is a good step towards starting to manage this environment with its virtual network monitoring capabilities.

WUG 14.3 offers similar innovation that improves performance and the evaluation process, streamlines the configuration process with preconfigured workspace views, offers the ability to clone devices, and shows consolidated monitors and devices in one report.

Together v14.3 and WhatsVirtual 2.0 house a number of industry firsts:

  • Integration with vCenter to deliver updated and accurate information on real time inventory, status and performance of hosts and virtual machines (VMs)
  • Tracking of all vMotion driven VM movements from one physical  server to another
  • Alerting on all VM restarts and movements driven by VMware High Availability (HA) rules
  • Discovery, mapping and monitoring that gives you complete access to configuring and managing VMware clusters right from your WhatsUp Gold console

These features, paired with WUG’s existing usability and cost efficiency, demonstrate the next generation in network management software; something hard to live without as your network demands shift and grow.

Word of today’s public announcement that Ipswitch has acquired MessageWay Solutions is already starting to spread, and fast.  Whether you’re an Ipswitch customer or employee, industry expert, or just learning about the Managed File Transfer space one thing is clear – The MFT industry is evolving and growing worldwide, both in strategic importance and pure volume.

We’ve seen greater emphasis on managing and controlling file processing behind the firewall…. And witnessed customers and prospects describing their need for an MFT solution that includes some B2B and EDI attributes.

Ipswitch’s acquisition of MessageWay creates the industry’s most powerful and complete suite of Managed File Transfer solutions with robust, highly scalable advanced file services that continues where MFT has traditionally left off – at the edge of the network.

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GT News, an association for financial professionals, just posted an article on managed file transfer titled “Data: Transferring the Burden Under PCI DSS” written Jonathan Lampe, VP of Product Management at Ipswitch.

“When evaluating for data security technology, a company should look at four categories: confidentiality, integrity, availability, and auditing. These headlines are designed to assist in assessing whether a data technology or process is likely to provide one-time compliance for the purposes of PCI DSS.”

This article is a very informative read for people living/coping with PCI DSS compliance and looking for a detailed application of MFT solutions to the 12 PCI DSS requirements.  It’s also a good read for people that simply want to know more about MFT and want to learn about Jonathan’s framework for evaluating data security technologies.

IIS administrators, you may have already seen this attack listed on your favorite security sites.

Mass SQL Injection Attack Hits Sites Running IIS
http://threatpost.com/en_us/blogs/mass-sql-injection-attack-hits-sites-running-iis-061010

However, I have good news if you’re an Ipswitch customer running MOVEit DMZ or WS_FTP Server under IIS: the filtering mechanisms in both products designed to prevent many types of SQL injection prevent this one as well.  Our hosted customers, whether Sendable users or MOVEit DMZ Hosting Services users, also benefit from the same filtering technology and are likewise safe.

The name of the tournament speaks a lot to just how huge the World Cup is in the scheme of worldwide sporting events. The hype and anticipation around the tournament has been steadily growing since the groups were selected back in December. It has received coverage everywhere from local newspapers to espn.com. Videos and commercials have gone viral in a matter of hours as they are played over and over again on Youtube. And now here we are,  less than 24 hours away from kick-off.

It’s no surprise that a tournament of this magnitude, that only comes around every four years, were to receive so much hype. Here at Ipswitch, though, we were more concerned with the effect the World Cup was going to have on the performance of networks in regards to companies’ bandwidth consumption jumping as tournament games are streamed live during work hours.

It was our hunch that companies could expect a spike in their bandwidth usage do to live streaming of World Cup games, specifically in Europe and other countries with competing teams. We tested our theory with the creation of our Network Traffic Calculator, and after weeks of collecting data from uses of the calculator, we are happy to report that our expectations are right in line with those of network managers. We collected over 1000 responses through the calculator, and some of our key findings were as follows:

  • Bandwidth use is expected to increase by 38.85% in participating World Cup Nations to 86.89% during matches
  • In Europe the figure is expected to double, from 40.25% current average bandwidth use, to 78.67% during key match times
  • In the UK, despite the culture for some businesses to close during England matches, bandwidth use is still expected to increase by 30.79% to 71.85% of total capacity.
  • In host nation South Africa, IT Managers are bracing themselves for network bandwidth to be completely maxed out to 100% from a base average of 58% during a typical working day.
  • Despite not being typically thought of as a football watching nation, the US is somewhat surprisingly expecting bandwidth use to rise to over 80% during some key matches
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