Five years ago today the United States and Canada began Data Privacy Day as an extension of Europe’s Data Protection Day.  The goal of this day is to educate and empower people to protect their privacy and control their digital footprint.

This effort is run by the National Cyber Security Alliance, a non-profit, public private partnership focused on cyber security education for all online citizens.  To learn more about Data Privacy Day and how you can stay protected or get involved, visit www.staysafeonline.org

Ipswitch offers many products, resources, and tools to help protect your infrastructure against security threats and loss of key information. Learn more about solutions available and get a free 30-day trial of the WhatsUp Gold Suite.

We are honored to be nominated as a finalist in four categories for the 2013 Network Computing Awards!

According to the Network Computing site, “The Network Computing Awards were set up to recognize the solutions and the companies that have been most impressive in helping organizations function better through getting the most out of their networks.”

Ipswitch has been considered for four categories this year:

– Network Management Product of the Year
– Software Product of the Year
– Product of the Year
– Contribution to IT 

We need your help and your vote to win!

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Amazon and Google were in the headlines in 2012 for their highly visible outages, proving just how susceptible companies are to IT disruptions, and the negative impact on sales and productivity they can have.

Before jumping into your 2013 projects, IT Managers must establish baselines to understand exactly where they stand.

As networks become more complex (virtual vs. physical, wired vs. wireless, etc.), the pressure is on to improve performance and availability of business-critical and customer-facing applications.

To get better control of your network, here are four important baselines to create:

  • Inventory baseline: You can’t control what you don’t know exists.
  • Performance baseline: Start with the ‘big five’ – CPU, memory, disk and interface utilization, as well as ping latency – gauge key application consumption and optimal thresholds.
  • Configuration baseline: Understand how current configurations impact security, compliance and overall control of the network.
  • Bandwidth and data flow baseline: Measure what’s happening on the network, when and how much bandwidth is consumed.

Are you interested in learning more? Download our complete how-to guide on establishing effective IT baselines.

Last week the Ipswitch Network Management team trekked up to Toronto for the Softchoice Partner Launch 2013, a three day sales kickoff for Softchoice, a North American  IT solutions and services  provider.  On the third day partners had complete access to representatives from the North American Telesales Organization in a “speed dating” setting.  The Network Management team’s presentation encircled the theme of BYOD and how the WhatsUp Gold suite can help manage an increase in network density.  The event was a great success and was topped off with a special appearance from the WhatsUp Gold Ninja!

Looking back on 2012, it has been a great year for WhatsUp Gold.  The Network Management Division has won countless awards and recognitions from prestigious IT publications and associations.  Some of the highlights of this past year include WhatsUp Gold being named network management product of the year by Network Computing and receiving the Editor’s Gold Award from Windows IT Pro for best systems monitoring product. Congrats to all who helped us achieve such great recognition as we continue to make IT management simple in 2013.  Feel free to check out the rest of our spotlight moments from the past year!

The WhatsUp Gold team is excited to announce that Mary-Katherine McCarey joined the team as Vice President of worldwide marketing.  McCarey joins the team with over 20 years of global marketing strategy expertise from IBM, CA Technologies and most recently Acronis.  She has transformed global marketing organizations by focusing on direct and indirect channel marketing excellence through the development of the right content and tools to win mindshare and drive results.

“Leading the marketing responsibility for a growing organization must be driven by someone with a passion for creativity and innovation coupled with extraordinary credentials. Her expertise in global marketing positions and proven experience in the industry are key to our future.,” says Ennio Carboni, president of Ipswitch Network Management Division. “Mary-Katherine McCarey will help drive our organization to success and we are excited to have her join the Ipswitch team.”

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My – how research has changed in the 20 years I have been working in IT and high-tech! Normally, you would have to scour reams and reams of articles in trade rags delivered via snail mail to find information relevant to your work. Now we have the ability to set alerts, custom feeds and create targeted searches to find many more ‘diamonds in the rough’ than was even possible 10 years ago.

Given this preface, I’d like to share some insight into why you need IP Address Management (IPAM). I myself didn’t see this need as a system administrator many years ago as the Internet was still in its infancy — there were plenty of IP addresses to go around. In fact, the university where I worked had been allocated a full class B range of public IP address (65k of them).  We were literally swimming in IP address that would never be used.

Contrast that work environment with today: the IPv4 address space of just over 4 billion IPv4 addresses is gone. IPv6 (3.4 x 1038 addresses) is gaining traction with sites like Facebook, Google, YouTube, Bing, and Yahoo! all enabling IPv6 access on their main websites. June 6, 2012 was the 2nd World IPv6 Launch Day, including participation from Akamai, Comcast, AT&T, Cisco and others. Many companies are still slow to adopt IPv6, but it’s coming as IT departments try and figure out how and when to deploy it. Finally, contributing to the perfect storm of IPAM is the overly hyped trend (in my opinion) of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in the workplace. Personal opinions aside, the reality is that this trend causes the need for IPAM more than ever.

Many workers in today’s workforce have at least a corporate laptop and a personal smartphone. Move up the corporate food chain, and that worker profile now includes a corporate smartphone, and possibly a tablet device. Thus, one person could very likely account for four wireless devices, each contending for IP addresses across the environment (and, according to Cisco, this average could be seven devices by 2015!). Since mobile device carriers are working harder to rid themselves of “unlimited” data plans, mobile device users are becoming more sensitive to the associated costs of their mobile plans and attempt to get free Wi-Fi whenever possible. The corporate network today is now providing this service to their users, whether they know it or not. My question to you is – do you have a handle on not only IP address management, but also where your bandwidth is going?

IPAM is a booming section of the Network Management arena. According to a recent Cisco survey, by just 2015, there will be almost 15 billion network-connected devices – a little less than three times the world population. A recent Global Industry Analyst report mentions that the global market for IP Address Management is projected to reach US$3.4 billion by 2018. With these forecasts, the question is not if, but when will you take control of the devices attaching to your network? Many IT administrators are managing their IP space via manual technology, namely spreadsheets. It’s time to exit from last-century technology and use automated methods to discover and manage your IP space!

Tools such as Ipswitch’s WhatsUp IP Address Manager offer automatic discovery of your IP space, and allow you to make asset-related notes to remind you why you did something, or who owns a specific IP address.  WhatsUp Flow Monitor also determines where your precious bandwidth is going and eliminates those abuses from the system. Ignorance is no longer bliss – it’s costing you and your company money. It’s time to take control of your IP address space – and the time is now.

WhatsUp Virtual Machine Manager:
Gain control of your virtual machines

Managing your virtual environments versus your physical ones can be a different beast. The Virtual Machine Manager tool offers a way to ensure a reliable and efficient virtual infrastructure by monitoring which business-critical resources are being hogged by virtual machines, performing basic VM management tasks and much more.

The new Virtual Machine Manager tool is available exclusively through the WhatsUp Gold Community, WUGspace. Download today!

Learn more about the Virtual Machine Manager tool and see a complete list of features.

 

Not a member of WUGspace? Register for free and join hundreds of IT professionals in forums, sharing tips and tricks, access to all WhatsUp Gold free tools, monthly contests, and free swag.

What exactly is a geek? When you think of the typical geek, do you picture Steve Urkel or Steve Jobs?  In fact, Miriam-Webster defines a geek as “a carnival performer often billed as a wild man.” This definitely is not the type of geek that comes to our minds.

Either way, be proud of your inner geek, for today is Embrace Your Geekness Day.  Go ahead, play World of Warcraft all day. Or, for the office geek, celebrate and splurge on a pair of your very own USB cuff links!

You can even embrace your inner geek all summer long at these upcoming events:

  • July 11-15: Superheroes around the world gather for San Diego Comic-Con.
  • July 20: Christopher Nolan wraps up his epic Batman trilogy with the premier of The Dark Knight Rises.
  • August 3-5: The best of the best meet in Las Vegas for the national Rubik’s Cube championships.
  • August 23-26: Fans from galaxies far, far away will gather in Orlando for Star Wars Celebration VI.
  • August 31-September 3: Atlanta’s Dragon*Con takes place, where gamers, fantasy and sci-fi geeks party all weekend long.

…Sounds like a packed schedule for geeks everywhere, Happy Embrace Your Geekness Day!

Imagine if your WhatsUp Gold expert simply stopped showing up for work. What’s your Plan B? What is your backup plan for their sudden or even planned absence?

Reinforce backup plans with thoroughly cross-trained employees. Purchase any Online or Regional WhatsUp Gold Training course at regular price between now and September 30, and a second student can join the Training course for ½ off! Rest assured that your IT department will always know what it takes to get the job done – even when your network is at its most vulnerable.

Ipswitch’s WhatsUp Gold Training provides 33 practical, hands-on lab exercises in a cloud-hosted network environment, and is delivered live by the same experts that created WhatsUp Gold.

July Classes:
07/24/2012 Chicago, IL Certified WhatsUp Gold Training – 2 Day or 3 Day – Open Classroom
07/31/2012 Online Certified WhatsUp Gold Training – 2 Day or 3 Day – Online Classroom

 

August Classes:
08/14/2012 Denver, CO Certified WhatsUp Gold Training – 2 Day or 3 Day – Open Classroom
08/21/2012 Online Certified WhatsUp Gold Training – 2 Day or 3 Day – Online Classroom

 

September Classes:
09/11/2012 Online Certified WhatsUp Gold Training – 2 Day or 3 Day – Online Classroom
09/25/2012 New York, NY Certified WhatsUp Gold Training – 2 Day or 3 Day – Open Classroom

For details, additional class information, or to register, you can simply:

  1. Visit our website
  2. Contact your preferred reseller partner
  3. Contact our Sales Team directly at (781) 676-5736

Sign up for hands-on training today and take advantage of this offer by September 30. Seating is limited.

We have heard of houses being made from ice or tires, but how about your favorite childhood toy?  In 2009, Top Gear’s James May created a life size Lego house.  One thousand volunteers and 3.3 million Lego bricks later, a two story house was built, furniture and plumbing included.

After many calculations and testing, it was determined that 359 Lego bricks are necessary to make a standard size brick.  Instead of doing the math yourself, Movoto Estate Agents created a calculator for us to imagine how many Lego bricks it would take to build a home out of Legos.

However, there is a catch.  The calculator does not take into account interior walls or furniture.  Never the less, I do not see anyone building a life-size Lego house in the near future.  A two-story, 2,000 square foot home would require 10,177,200 Legos for the exterior, and would cost $1,017,720.

Worth it?  Your actual house may cost more or less to build with Legos.   It also all depends on the person, but why not make your dream home Star Wars or Harry Potter Lego themed?  Go big or go home right?

To discover how many Legos it would take to build your home, visit Movoto’s website.

What were you doing to this Fourth of July?  I hope many of you were spending it with friends and family, eating some good barbecue food and watching fireworks.  This is the one holiday in the summer to spend time with friends and family.

For those of you who opted out and did not celebrate this glorious summer holiday, happy Work-a-Holic day! Workaholics everywhere should kick back and relax this July 5th. Take the day off!  Instead of spending the day in the office under the fluorescents, get out there and soak up some rays.

Enjoy this day and do whatever you desire.  Remember to breathe and remind yourself that the office will be there when you get back!

You may even want to celebrate a belated Fourth and download some patriotic iphone apps!