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!
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?
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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.
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
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