Happy SysAdmin Appreciation Day!

We know what a difficult job it is to be a system administrator – whether it’s making sure your network connection is safe, secure, and working or being called into work at 2am on a Sunday because the server is down – being a system administrator is no easy job.

In appreciation of you and all that you do, the WhatsUp Gold team is having a contest for the 12th Annual System Administrator Appreciation Day. To enter, simply post the best (or worst!) part of your job as a System Administrator on our Facebook page by midnight EST on July 29, 2011. The winner will be announced on Monday (and will be randomly selected to receive an Apple iPad2!)

For additional entries, you can follow us on Twitter and tweet “@WhatsUpGold I want to win the #SysAdminDay2011 Contest!”

Good luck!

Email is the world’s collaborative tool and is the electronic ‘sending’ system of choice between people, both within and across organizations.

While the capabilities of transferring files via email hasn’t improved much in the past 10 years, the size and sensitivity of files has multiplied ten-fold.

Email usage is ungoverned at most organizations, meaning that employees can attach any file they have access to and send it to anyone in the world.  For CIOs, it’s about more than just security – it’s also about visibility.  If you can’t see the files flowing within and from your organization, you can’t protect them.

And how about employees, who are bound and determined to quickly transfer needed information (which may be confidential) with customers, co-workers and partners?  For the majority of workers, not sending that file for security’s and visibility’s sake is not an option.  Employees will choose ‘productivity’ over ‘security’ if they are given the choice.

Please do take some time to identify and evaluate the tools your employees use to share information with other people and ask yourself if it’s being done in a visible, secure and well managed way.  You’ll likely want to rethink how people are really sharing information at your organization.

The WhatsUp Gold team is extremely proud of the revamped user interface in WhatsUp Gold v15. We dedicated time to reassessing the entire WhatsUp Gold user interface, which resulted in a complete re-design of the web interface that loads web pages up to 30 times faster!

The new WhatsUp Gold v15 is easy to use, centralized and provides consolidated management of physical and virtual server infrastructure which enables you to save time, effort, and eliminate the complexity of coordinating between managing multiple monitoring tools.

Learn more about WhatsUp Gold v15 server monitoring or try a free 30 day trial!

At CiscoLive in Las Vegas, Dave Evans, Cisco’s chief futurist and chief technologist for the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group (IBSG), outlined what he believed to be the top 10 technologies that will change the world in the next decade. According to Evans, 3D printers, sensor networks, virtual humans, and other technologies under development now will drastically change our world in the decade to come.

Number 1 on Evans’ list is “The Internet of Things.” Cisco IBSG predicts that “the number of Internet-connected things will reach 50 billion by 2020, which equates to more than six devices for every person on the Earth.” Between PCs, smartphones, television devices and the like, most people in the developed world are already connected to numerous devices, and Evans predicts that sensor networks, “using low-power sensors that ‘collect, transmit, analyze, and distribute data on a massive scale’ are up next.” All of this seemingly “limitless technology” is a result of the transition to IPv6. Want to learn more about the fundamentals of IPv6? Read this whitepaper, “Migrating to IPv6: Fundamentals of IPv6.”

Read about all of Evans’ predictions in “10 Technologies That Will Change the World in the Next 10 Years” by Julie Bort of Network World.

We had a great time at CiscoLive at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas last week! If you were there, we hope you enjoyed it too. CiscoLive is always a great way to interact with customers and was a great place to introduce WhatsConfigured 3.0.

WhatsConfigured 3.0 is a comprehensive configuration management offering that can run separate from a network management system or synchronized to WhatsUp Gold v15.

We are already looking forward to CiscoLive 2012 in San Diego!

WhatsConfigured 3.0 – Powerful configuration management in an all-inclusive flexible pacakage

 We are excited to announce WhatsConfigured 3.0 – our new standalone console! WhatsConfigured 3.0 is a comprehensive configuration management offering that can run separate from a network management system or synchronized to WhatsUp Gold v15. Here are some of its time-saving features:

  • Rapid deployment with extensive out-of-the-box script library to backup and restore configurations for major network equipment vendors (Cisco, Juniper, HP, Extreme, et al.)
  • Easily create custom scripts on the fly for ANY vendor’s devices and make configuration changes
  • Save time later with automatic management and creation of scheduled tasks for routine backups and configuration changes
  • Save time and automatically configure both ends of a VLAN trunk port with powerful VLAN management
  • Easily manage change by creating device configuration templates from configuration backups
  • Automatically discover and create topology maps for every device

Learn more or try it today!

We are really excited to be here at CiscoLive in Las Vegas! Each year, thousands of IT professionals attend CiscoLive events around the world. These events combine education and training on the latest technologies; testing and certification on Cisco products; and the opportunity for attendees to network with new connections.

Are you at CiscoLive? If so, please stop by Booth #1761! Come by to see what we’ve got in store this year:

  • Be one of the first 200 people to stop by the booth and get a t-shirt featuring our new WUG Ninja!
  • Check out Brian Jacobs, Senior Product Manager, Wednesday morning in the Cisco Solutions Theater as he presents “Effective Network Management Strategies”
  • Stop by on Tuesday July 12th at 4 p.m. as we celebrate an exciting product release with a launch party featuring WUG Ninja Power Juice! (Well technically it’s a smoothie, but we think it can provide special powers!)
  • Have a question for one of our WhatsUp Gurus? Stop by the booth and we’ll arrange a dedicated time just for you.

Come check us out!

Congratulations to Shannon Koontz from the University of South Carolina on winning the “Share WhatsUp Gold v15” contest! Shannon won an iPod Touch as a result of sharing the WhatsUp Gold v15 page the most times on Facebook and Twitter.

Had a chance to check out WhatsUp Gold v15 yet? See it here!

Yesterday we announced the winner of our #vivaWUGvegas contest – Tony Sylvia from the County of Sacramento. His prize includes a free conference pass to CiscoLive and a $1,000 travel voucher. Congratulations Tony – we are excited to see you there!

CiscoLive is fast approaching – only four more days until it begins! We have been busy packing and we cannot wait for the events to commence. Come check us out in booth #1761 and see what we’ve got in store this year:

  • Be one of the first 200 people to stop by the booth and get a t-shirt featuring our new WUG Ninja!
  • Check out Brian Jacobs, Senior Product Manager, Wednesday morning in the Cisco Solutions Theater as he presents “Effective Network Management Strategies”
  • Stop by on Tuesday July 12th at 4 p.m. as we celebrate an exciting product release with a launch party featuring WUG Ninja Power Juice! (Well technically it’s a smoothie, but we think it can provide special powers!)
  • Have a question for one of our WhatsUp Gurus? Stop by the booth or send an email and we’ll arrange a dedicated time just for you.

Hope to see you all there!

SC Magazine just published a short article titled “FTP described as unsecure and generally unmonitored”.

In the article, fellow Managed File Transfer (MFT) vendor Axway correctly points out that “usernames, passwords, commands and data can be easily intercepted and read while files transferred via FTP are uploaded or downloaded without any encryption.”

Not to overstate the obvious, but I wholeheartedly agree (and this should come as no surprise to our avid blog readers).  The FTP protocol turned 40 years old in 2011 and although still functional, it was not designed to provide any encryption or guaranteed delivery.  Unfortunately, many organizations are still relying on outmoded homegrown FTP scripts or have deployed basic FTP servers scattered throughout their organization – all lacking basic security measures, not to mention important visibility, management and enforcement capabilities.

Today, the 40-year old FTP protocol proudly serves as the foundation for the majority of data transfer and application integration technologies that organizations rely on so heavily.    But luckily for us all, modern file transfer solutions deliver much more than basic FTP:

  • VISIBILITY capabilities such as logging; reporting; alerts; notifications; chain-of-custody and file life cycle tracking
  • MANAGEMENT capabilities such as workflows and scheduling of file related processes; person-to-person file transfer;  integration with systems/applications; data transformation; high availability;  virtualized platform support
  • ENFORCEMENT capabilities such as user provisioning;  password policies;  encryption requirements (for example, requiring 256-bit AES encryption over FTPS or SFTP protocols);  file integrity checking;  non repudiation

Now is the time to replace old and often insecure point FTP solutions and hard-to-maintain scripts with technology that includes the benefits of a modern MFT solution.