Extending the Power of the WhatsUp Gold Product Family – New VoIP Monitor Plug-in Offers Network Managers Ability to Determine Service Levels for Voice Over IP Calls
Lexington, MA – June 20, 2008 – Ipswitch, Inc.’s Network Management division, the leading developer of network management software, today announced the availability of WhatsUp Gold VoIP (Voice over IP) Monitor. The first in a series of plug-ins to the extensible WhatsUp Gold product-family architecture, the WhatsUp Gold VoIP Monitor is designed to extend the power of WhatsUp Gold with the capability to monitor and report on the capacity of a network to support and maintain acceptable performance for VoIP call quality.
The WhatsUp Gold VoIP Monitor accesses information generated by Cisco IP SLA (service level agreement) enabled devices to monitor parameters essential to VoIP performance, including jitter, packet loss, latency and other calculated performance values. The VoIP Monitor leverages the core services of WhatsUp Gold v12 and seamlessly integrates with its versatile network management capabilities, giving customers with combined data and voice networks 360 degree visibility, actionable intelligence and complete control for VoIP.
“We’ve been so happy using WhatsUp Gold to manage our IT network that we regularly recommend it to our clients,” said Terry Wood, Vice President of Information Technology at Intelek Technologies, a leading provider of web-based training and software installation, configuration and support services. “Intelek was an early adopter of VoIP technology, and we now rely on our converged network to serve over 5,000 customers, 24 hours a day. The new VoIP Monitor plug-in for WhatsUp Gold gives us insight we never had before and will help us ensure our network is always able to provide suitable quality of service for both data and voice traffic.”
WhatsUp VoIP Monitor Features
- VoIP Performance Monitors for Network Measurement Eight new performance monitors, including six that measure jitter, latency, and packet loss from both source to destination and from destination to source, and two that provide values for ICPIF (calculated planning impairment factor) and MOS (mean opinion score). The performance monitors leverage IP SLA synthetic calls sent between VoIP devices, avoiding additional load on the network.
- Active Monitor for Mean Opinion Score (MOS) A configurable active monitor for MOS that not only provides scoring data but can trigger an alert if network degradation causes the MOS value to go below a user configured threshold.
- WhatsUp VoIP Monitor Configuration Wizard A configuration utility that scans the WhatsUp Gold database for IP SLA enabled devices and lets the user select an IP SLA source device for gathering VoIP RTT (round-trip time) data. The wizard then steps through the set up for VoIP performance monitors, workspace views, and active monitors for the selected IP SLA devices.
- VoIP Monitor Workspace View A unified view of VoIP performance metrics that is fully integrated with the management and reporting infrastructure of WhatsUp Gold. VoIP data is clearly presented in a single workspace view, and the user can drill down into the underlying WhatsUp Gold functionality to troubleshoot network issues that could affect VoIP performance.
For additional information on VoIP monitoring, visit: http://www.whatsupgold.com/products/voip-monitoring.
“WhatsUp Gold is the only network management platform that scales from the small business to the large enterprise, so you won’t outgrow it as your network expands in size or complexity,” said Ennio Caboni, VP of Sales for Ipswitch Network Management Division. “Now, with the VoIP Monitor and the other plug-in modules on our product roadmap, WhatsUp Gold customers can extend the functionality of this industry-leading network and application monitoring solution to unprecedented levels.”
Availability and Pricing
WhatsUp Gold VoIP Monitor is immediately available with MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price) starting at $995 USD. The VoIP Monitor is a plug-in to WhatsUp Gold and therefore requires a base installation of WhatsUp Gold v12 (or above).
Customers that purchase and activate WhatsUp Gold v12 by August 1, 2008 automatically qualify to receive WhatsUp Gold VoIP Monitor free of charge – a value starting at $995 USD MSRP. Existing WhatsUp Gold customers with active service agreements may purchase the VoIP Monitor for 50% off MSRP if they do so by August 1, 2008.
About WhatsUp Gold - Know Your Network
Ipswitch™, Inc.’s network management division, the developer of the WhatsUp Gold suite of innovative network management solutions, manages thousands of networks worldwide. Built on a scalable architecture offering automated network discovery and network mapping, real-time network monitoring (including SNMP monitoring and WMI monitoring), and versatile alerting, notification, and reporting functionality, WhatsUp Gold provides intelligent and easy to use, extensive network management that goes beyond simple device availability and delivers comprehensive troubleshooting. Recently, Ipswitch, Inc. acquired Dorian Software Creations, Inc., the leader in providing complete, easy-to-use solutions for Windows Security Event Management (SEM) and Log Management for small businesses and enterprise-level organizations.
WhatsUp Gold scales from the small business to the large enterprise, and its functionality extends with additional plug-in modules: WhatsUp Gold WhatsConnected™ for Layer 2/Layer 3 discovery, mapping and visualization; WhatsUp Gold Flow Monitor and WhatsUp Gold Flow Publisher for network bandwidth utilization monitoring; WhatsUp Gold WhatsConfigured for automated Network Configuration and Change Management; and WhatsUp Gold VoIP Monitor for precise measurement of a converged network’s ability to provide the quality of service (QoS) necessary for VoIP. To learn more about WhatsUp Gold, download a free trial or to make a purchase visit: http://www.whatsupgold.com/products/download/