Sep 21 2010

Ipswitch WhatsConnected Now Delivers Powerful Layer 2 and 3 Discovery, Inventory, and Mapping as a Standalone Product

Flexible solution saves time and lowers operational costs with automatic discovery and mapping of infrastructure and port-to-port connectivity

LEXINGTON, MA ─ September 21, 2010  Ipswitch Inc.’s Network Management Division, developer of the WhatsUp Gold suite of innovative IT management solutions, today announced that WhatsConnected, the powerful Layer 2 and Layer 3 discovery tool for mid-to-large enterprises, is now available as a standalone product as well as a plug-in for its flagship network management suite, WhatsUp Gold. WhatsConnected can complement existing network management platforms by delivering complete infrastructure discovery, mapping and visualization in a fast, easy-to-use, cost-effective format.


WhatsConnected allows enterprises to save time and money by quickly and accurately discovering, mapping and documenting devices, servers, VMware virtual machines, VLANs and port-to-port connectivity. IT teams can quickly visualize how everything in a network is connected as well as validate archived Configuration Item (CI) data for documentation, inventory and compliance initiatives. With the ability to quickly track and control network changes, IT professionals can maximize uptime and proactively manage the infrastructure to optimize network performance, protect business operations and lower operational costs. WhatsConnected can also discover “forgotten” or unused resources on the network and simplify troubleshooting tasks.


“WhatsConnected allows us to troubleshoot faster and more effectively. Its Layer 2 discovery provides the detailed information that we need to isolate problem areas quickly, document our network effectively, and help us make sure we know what’s connected to our network,” said Geoff Keochakian, senior systems engineer at TransNet Corporation. “We now have a single accurate view of our network through visual topology maps that keep everyone on the same page.”


“Large enterprise management platforms can often be complex and dynamic, requiring extra configuration, and it can be difficult for every member of an IT department to access them,” said Kevin Gillis, vice president of product management and strategy at Ipswitch Inc.’s Network Management Division. “The standalone version of WhatsConnected gives enterprises a flexible, automated solution that can be deployed rapidly to simplify complex networks, reducing the need for time-intensive manual processes and improving overall efficiency.”


WhatsConnected Features

  • Network discovery – using a number of innovative Layer 2 and Layer 3 standards-based discovery technologies
  • Visual mapping – integrated maps display topology information in hierarchical or radical formats
  • Visio support – export any map generated by WhatsConnected to Visio 2003 or Visio 2007
  • Inventory and configuration – collects comprehensive information for all networked devices
  • Reporting – flexible reports for asset/inventory, device connectivity and bridge port utilization
  • Scheduled discoveries – running discoveries at regular intervals to keep Layer 2 connectivity information up-to-date
  • Layer 2 trace – to rapidly pinpoint physical connectivity issues
  • IP/MAC finder – correlating an IP address to a physical MAC address
  • WhatsConnected Console – displays devices, categories, topology maps, subnets and link views
  • Integration with WhatsUp Gold – export device and dependency information from WhatsConnected to WhatsUp Gold and automate the creation of consolidated MapViews and monitors for the connected interfaces. 


Pricing and Availability

WhatsConnected is immediately available starting at $1,995.00 USD (MSRP) for a 25-device license. For more information, visit


About the Network Management Division of Ipswitch, Inc.       

The Network Management Division of Ipswitch, Inc. is the developer of the WhatsUp Gold suite of innovative IT management software. WhatsUp Gold delivers comprehensive network, system, application and event log monitoring and management solutions for small and medium businesses and enterprises. Built on a modular, yet integrated  architecture, the affordable and easy-to-use solutions scale with the size and complexity of any physical or virtual IT infrastructure. From a single console, WhatsUp Gold supports standard IT management tasks including automated discovery, mapping, real-time monitoring, alerting, troubleshooting and reporting. More than 100,000 networks worldwide use WhatsUp Gold solutions to assure the availability, health and security of their critical business infrastucture today.

Ipswitch, Inc.’s Network Management Division recently added to its product line complete, easy-to-use solutions for Windows Security Event Management (SEM) and Log Management for small businesses and enterprise-level organizations suite with the acquisition of Dorian Software Creations, Inc. WhatsUp Gold was named Network Management Product of 2010 by Network Computing Magazine and earned the Network Products Guide 2010 Product Innovation Award in Network Management. To learn more about WhatsUp Gold – the best value in IT Management software, download a free trial or to make a purchase, please visit: