Mar 17 2008

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold Network Management Software Chosen by Cypress-Fairbanks Over Competitive Products

Fast-Growing School District Manages Dozens of Campuses with One Intuitive Network Management Solution

Lexington, MA – March 17, 2008 – Ipswitch, Inc., a leading developer of network management software, messaging applications, and secure file transfer solutions, today announced that the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD), a large public school district in the state of Texas, has selected WhatsUp Gold to monitor and manage its wide area network (WAN) infrastructure. With over 70 school campuses educating over 96,000 students, Cypress-Fairbanks relies on WhatsUp Gold to alert IT staff to network problems before they occur.


“We looked at other solutions including HP Openview and Ericcson/Marconi,” said Frederick Brenz, network-WAN/telecom manager for CFISD. “Those products are reactive. WhatsUp Gold allows us to be proactive. It’s a great feeling when we’re onsite fixing a network problem before the users even know one exists.”


Cypress-Fairbanks uses WhatsUp Gold to manage everything from PCs and servers to HVAC plant systems to building lighting to real-time security cameras. The software alerts staff to network trouble spots and monitors bandwidth and device utilization to maintain peak efficiency. WhatsUp Gold allows administrators to report on the network’s performance, discover and map network assets and analyze trend data over time.


“WhatsUp is scanning over a thousand devices for us 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For the first time in the years I’ve been with the district, we see the problems before we get trouble calls,” added Brenz. “As a result our teachers can teach their classes and use technology resources without interruption.”


As one of the nation’s fastest-growing school districts, Brenz also faces the challenge of rapidly scaling the district’s network infrastructure to meet the needs of its growing number of schools, teachers and students. WhatsUp Gold is an ideal solution, as it is built to grow with its customers, and scales easily to accommodate multiple, dispersed locations and tens of thousands of devices.


“From 1995 to 2006 we opened 23 new schools in our district,” said Brenz. “We now have over 13,000 employees. WhatsUp took everything we could throw at it, and it’s been a lifesaver for our IT staff. I don’t know how we could have supported our growth without it.”


“WhatsUp Gold is an intuitive and robust network management solution that provides full-featured functionality right out of the box,” said Warren Neuburger, president of Ipswitch’s network management division. “Its network mapping, monitoring and optimization features, coupled with strong reporting and analysis tools, give organizations of all sizes the solution they need to achieve outstanding reliability and productivity.”


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: