SOURCE: Ipswitch, Inc.

November 13, 2007 09:00 ET

Ipswitch, Inc. Extends Power of WhatsUp® Gold Platform to Multi-Site, Geographically Distributed Enterprises

WhatsUp Gold Distributed Edition Is Built for Network Administrators in Multi-Site WAN Environments Challenged by Geographic Distance, Limited Staff and Dynamic Network Technologies

LEXINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - November 13, 2007) - Ipswitch, Inc., a leading developer of network monitoring, messaging and secure managed file transfer solutions, announced today the immediate availability of WhatsUp® Gold Distributed Edition. The new software offers businesses an easy-to-use, easy-to-deploy, centralized network monitoring solution for organizations of up to 1,000 employees that are challenged by geographically dispersed operations and limited IT staff.

Growing need to report on networking conditions to both IT and business

Ipswitch's latest addition to the marketplace comes at a time when IT professionals at companies of all sizes are concerned about maintaining critical network and application service across multiple business locations. These businesses need to maintain Network Operations Centers ("NOCs") and balance the amount of data being pushed back to the NOC from the remote locations with the need for quick and easy problem identification and resolution, and must do all of this within static or shrinking budgets.

With Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold Distributed, organizations of every size can benefit from the productivity of a central dashboard or NOC. WhatsUp Gold's screen manager utility allows companies of any size to afford to build an intelligent dashboard that centralizes site views and device status summaries per site on a single screen or group of screens at the NOC. WUG Distributed is an efficient solution that displays only the information that is needed. All reports and actions trigger locally at the remote site but can be configured from the central site with or without a VPN connection.

WhatsUp Gold Distributed allows for a non-VPN connection to communicate the status of all devices back to the central site. A quarterly availability report has been designed to act as an SLA report that permits a manager to report on the job performance per remote site.

Benefits of WhatsUp Gold Distributed

-- Lightweight, Actionable and Data-Centric
   -- WhatsUp Gold Distributed reports to the central site on the status
      of all devices per site only. Unlike other solutions which require
      large amounts of data transferred to the central install, WUG
      Distributed has been designed with the efficient network in mind,
      eliminating the potential of bottlenecks in the network due to
      data overload.
-- NOC-Ready
   -- Organizations of all sizes can now benefit from the productivity
      of a "central" dashboard or NOC. The WhatsUp Screen Manager allows
      companies of any size to build an intelligent dashboard that
      centralizes views of all sites and device status summaries per site
      on a single screen or group of screens at the central site.
      Administrators are not required to be physically present at the
      disparate physical locations. Additionally, administrators can focus
      on strategic work knowing that WhatsUp is working 24 hours a day,
      seven days a week and will alert them of any change deemed important
      based on the rules set forth by the administrator.
-- Proven WhatsUp Architecture
   -- WhatsUp Distributed is a new offering built upon a proven,
      award-winning, scalable platform that leads the market in breadth of
      functionality and usability. It represents all the positive features
      of the WhatsUp platform extended to distributed environments.
-- Extensibility
   -- WhatsUp Gold Distributed allows for easy exchange of its proprietary
      server (modeled after Microsoft IIS) to IIS and the exchange of its
      MSDE database to a fully functioning SQL exchange. WUG Distributed
      can extend to environments running Linux and UNIX with SNMP-capable
      agents providing monitoring of availability, memory and CPU
      utilization. WUG Distributed also has a built-in scripting module
      that enables administrators to extend their WhatsUp collaboration
      with help desk solutions like Remedy and other application
      monitoring systems.

"Ipswitch Distributed is a versatile product that streamlines network management in geographically dispersed environments," said Ennio Carboni, VP of Network Management solutions, Ipswitch. "The Distributed edition puts even more power into the hands of network administrators to further drive usage, reporting across sites and desired business outcomes."

Pricing and Availability

Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold Distributed Edition is available from Ipswitch and its worldwide network of distributors and resellers, and is priced starting at $3,095 for the central installation and $2,206 for each remote installation with up to 100 devices each. Central and remote installs area also available for 300, 500 and unlimited device counts. Users of Ipswitch WhatsUp Gold Premium v11 with active service agreements can upgrade their software to a central install of the Distributed edition for $500.

About Ipswitch, Inc.

Ipswitch develops and markets innovative IT software that is easy to learn and use. More than 100 million people worldwide use Ipswitch software to monitor their networks with Ipswitch WhatsUp®, transfer files over the Internet using the market leading Ipswitch WS_FTP® Professional client and Ipswitch WS_FTP Server and communicate via Ipswitch Imail™ Server. To view the Daily Network Monitor blog, visit www.dailynetworkmonitor.com. For more information on WhatsUp Gold, visit www.whatsupgold.com or www.ipswitch.com. Ipswitch values community involvement; visit http://icare.ipswitch.com to find out how to become involved.

WS_FTP and WhatsUp are registered trademarks of Ipswitch, Inc. IMail Server is a trademark of Ipswitch, Inc. All other product names are property of their respective owners.

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