The WhatsUp Gold IT Management family is excited to announce an easy to use tool for reading, gathering and understanding traffic readings in real-time from a single interface with our free Interface Bandwidth tool. This application will allow you to specify a target device and connect via SNMP to return a list of available interfaces. Just select the interface that you want to monitor and quickly access two gauges, one for receive traffic and the other for transmit traffic. Features include:

  • Scan devices for interfaces and select up to eight to monitor for percent bandwidth usage (both transmitted and received data). Visualize traffic spikes and lulls.
  • View configurable polled intervals as analog graphic gauges, in chart format, or as a table.
  • Control the poll frequency, gauge thresholds, and the number of data points graphed at one time.
  • Edit the detected interface speed and to gain more meaningful results.
  • Use advanced filtering capabilities to locate interfaces.
  • Print and export polled data in PDF, HTML, and TXT formats.

Get the Interface Bandwidth tool today!

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Mobile Computing
Here are two more predictions from Ennio Carboni, the Ipswitch Network Management Division president, on another blossoming area of technology in 2011: mobile computing.

2010 witnessed the release of multiple versions of the tablet computer. Although netbooks have been around for a few years now, they continue to remain popular due to their low price. And, it seems like everyone you know is upgrading to a new smartphone from countless providers. With mobile computing’s availability and reach growing quickly, employers are expecting sonic speed response time and near 24/7 availability more now than ever before. In order for this to be viable organizations must ensure their employees can access business applications from these devices, while at the same time maintaining security, speed and functionality.

As we enter 2011, we can count on almost every business software provider or tool releasing mobile-compatible versions and apps for your convenience.

The Rise of the Android

For several years, the top contenders in the smart phone race were the iPhone and Blackberry. 2010 brought the advent of the Android, which threatens to usurp the former smartphone leaders. Google’s Android OS for mobile phones is already toppling Apple’s iOS as the top mobile operating system. While millions of apps exist for the iPhone, it is not considered the friendliest OS to work with. The Android’s opensource capabilities have opened a huge window of opportunity for more hardened business applications, beyond games and social apps.

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Last post I mentioned the various geolocation apps out there. Come to find out this interesting concept has opened up a niche market. More and more companies are feeding off this trend with innovative ideas like automatic Foursquare check-in by Checkmate and Future Checkin that function through background-running location info on iPhones. Another iPhone-centric app, MessageParty, combines chat rooms with the geolocation model, where users can create public parties that are location-aware. In other words, you can choose to chat with anyone that is logged on near your area.

Similar to MessageParty is Qilroy (“kill-roy”), an app that peruses your social networks for location-based status updates, allowing you to filter for specific events or places, and then reply directly to people with corresponding mentions. Dialogue can then continue as a Qilroy thread.

If the whole publicly-broadcasting-your-whereabouts-thing is a turn off for you, see Qualcomm’s Neer for the Android and soon-to-be-released version for iPhones. This location app is suited for the private-type, and allows for automatic location sharing among trusted friends, family, and spouses within your native contact list. It even smart enough to look through your call/text behavior to suggest members for your “inner circle.”

A recent AdAge article brought to light the two different types of “check-in app” users: hyperactive and hyperpassive. It went on to elaborate on geolocation apps that appeal to hyperpassive users specifically. First, there’s Xtify, one of a handful of apps that uses geolocation to deliver sales promotions and discounts. ShopAlert is a similar service that also incorporates alerts by social media, SMS, and other means. Shopkick is a contender as well, providing “kickbucks” for consumers who enter different stores.

It really comes down to the level of commitment and customization the user is looking for. I predict, just as what happened with Twitter, that the bigger names in Geolocation (Foursquare, SCVNGR) will start picking up on ways to expand their services based on what the ‘little guys’ are doing to maintain market share. We’ve already seen the beginning; Foursquare recently announced the new ability to see when you’ll become mayor of a location, an app that third-party WhenWillIbeMayor.com had spearheaded.

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With all the news around the Apple iPad, I was determined that I would not buy one until the second generation became available. With the second generation, prices will undoubtedly come down and I’ll get more functionality than what’s available in the first generation. I learned my lesson with the first iPhone and the first iPod.

As I sat around on Sunday feeling very smug, I looked over at my five-year-old son who was playing with his iPod Touch. It hit me that not only do I have to base the decision of when to buy an iPad on my technology geekness, I have to base it on my son’s needs and desires. Simply put, the iPad, and similar gadgets, were not built for my generation…but built for my son’s.

With more and more digital natives entering the workplace and procuring executive positions in companies all over the world, the traditional methodologies, mechanisms, and technologies for dealing with risk will have to change. The reason for this is simple: digital natives place a different level of risk on personal and enterprise intellectual property and information. In a world where everyone can be found on Facebook and the intimate details of every company can be found via blog sites, forum discussions, and on a company’s website itself, determining how much risk should be assigned to any individual piece of information is changing and in fact becoming more dynamic.

Let’s expand this thought. What do we need to do to ensure that our technology is being built for use by “Generation I” (ones who always had iPods) and digital natives? If issues around security and trust dramatically change, as we see them already, what does the future WS_FTP client and WS_FTP server  look like? What are the expectations that our future customers will have for this technology? Is it just a new experience, e.g. GUI change? Or do we assume that many of the basics around security and management are taken care of? What does it mean for portability and mobility? Should a user be able to carry around their WS_FTP license for use on any machine? This begs an answer to the question…are Google, Apple and Microsoft my real competitors or are they just enabling the underlying infrastructure that will be and should be commoditized?

These are real questions that need real answers…and we need to have those answers very soon. As we embark on delivering technology and services that are aligned with our next-generation architecture, issues such as what to do about “Generation I” and digital natives must be addressed.

Just a few thoughts…

This week Google announced Google Voice would become available on the iPhone again as well as the Palm Pre and Palm Pixi.  Now in the midst of the Apple Tablet hype it was very easy to miss this announcement, but it is certainly something you should be aware of.  Through a mobile website – http://m.google.com/voice – users can access Google Voice, which functions almost as well as the original app version, which was rejected by Apple this past summer.

If you’re not familiar with Google Voice, this announcement does not seem particularly interesting.  However, Google Voice is an intriguing tool allowing you to create one phone number to reach all of your existing lines (cell, work, home, etc) and compiles all voicemails into a single mailbox.  Additionally, it converts all of these voicemails to text which can then be texted or emailed to the user.

Another unique feature is that different voicemail greetings can be set depending on the caller.  Perhaps its best feature is the ability to make cheaper international calls and send free texts.  With the actual app on your phone, Google Voice is integrated with your phone book allowing easy dialing.  This app works great for Android phones, including BlackBerries, Droids and NexusOnes.

However, if a customer is using the mobile site, it will be using the call features via the website using the store contact information on the web and not the individual phone.  Although this may be frustrating for quick calls, the ability to access Google Voice again is a great win for iPhone users.

Google Voice on Phones

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Frank Kenney, VP of Global Strategy, Ipswitch

Frank Kenney, Ipswitch’s VP of Global Strategy, recently spoke in London at a press conference for InfoSecurity Europe, Europe’s leading information security event which take place on April 27-29, 2010.

Dan Raywood from SC Magazine UK attended this week’s press conference and his article can be seen below:

Problem with the professional consumer is leading to an information security headache
Dan Raywood  January 15, 2010

The culture of the professional consumer, or ‘prosumer’, is leading to increased problems within the workplace.

L. Frank Kenney, vice president global strategy at Ipswitch File Transfer, explained that a ‘prosumer’ is a consumer buyer who purchases an electronic device from personal funds but intends to use it primarily for business rather than consumer applications.

read more “Frank Kenney: Problem with the prosumer is leading to an information security headache”

The European Union is considering “binding guidelines” that could force wireless operators to allow mobile VoIP services such as WUG’s service and Skype run over their data networks.

According to German newspaper Handelsblatt the company explicitly voipresponsible for bringing the wrath of the EU is Germany’s Deutsche Telekom. The T-Mobile subsidiary balked at allowing their customers’ access to the more affordable (i.e. free with wireless access) communication tool and categorically denied the use of any form of VoIP software on its network – even the perfectly legal Skype app for the iPhone.

Deutsche Telekom apparently pulled a Time Warner and cited “risk of excessive bandwidth consumption” for their restriction, but the EU isn’t buying it.

(Check out our blog on Time Warner’s decision to effectively limit online video consumption)

However, as you are so aware, blocking a competitor’s service by monopolizing the market makes you very vulnerable to antitrust charges – and this is where Deutsche Telekom presently stands according to Handelsblatt.

The EU’s telecoms commissioner, Viviane Reding, has called for the EU to undo arbitrary obstacles to “innovative services” on cellphones. A draft of the VoIP measure is reportedly completed, but still unfinished due to a lack of precise wording.

 

Here’s to hoping that our government and the governments in the E.U. continue to challenge companies like Time Warner and T-Mobile’s German subsidiary to embrace and change with today’s innovative technologies instead of simply trying to stand in the way in the name of protecting outdated business models.

 

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