SOURCE: Ipswitch


June 16, 2009 14:00 ET

Discover Everything Virtual With WhatsConnected

Ipswitch Inc. Releases Upgraded Edition of Discovery and Mapping Tool From the WhatsUp Gold Network Management Product Family

LEXINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - June 16, 2009) - Ipswitch Inc.'s Network Management division, a developer of cost effective network management solutions, today announced the release of WhatsConnected version 1.5. This latest version of the layer 2/3 discovery plug-in for WhatsUp Gold provides full support for VMware based virtualized systems and infrastructures while continuing to provide the key functions network professionals need to discover, map, search and document their physical networks.

"We see virtualization as a progressive and viable option for networks in the midmarket and SMB/E markets," states Ennio Carboni, President of the Network Management division at Ipswitch. "We also know from customer experience that virtualization places new stresses on infrastructure and the essential quality of experience variable. Our recent acquisition of HourGlass and on-going internal and external investments will enable our customers, network engineers and administrators with the ability to manage virtualized environments with the same level of confidence they have in the past with wired, traditional networks."

Information about VMware environments discovered and mapped by WhatsConnected v1.5, using Virtual Infrastructure Management (VIM) credentials, include: base hardware, VMware OS and all virtualized machines and operating systems, and provides the associations, interdependencies and characteristics of every virtualized system.

With full support of SNMP v3 credentials for device discovery, WhatsConnected v1.5 uses the strongest possible authentication and encryption methods to comply with corporate security initiatives. Discovery configuration also includes the addition of SSH credentials to establish secure connectivity to systems that require authorization to access them.

WhatsConnected v1.5 is designed to be flexible and simple to use, meaning that network changes and potential conflicts are more quickly diagnosed and effectively managed. It allows devices to be categorized and viewed in whichever way is most convenient, whilst enabling all data on devices to be retained and presented at a glance. The new layer 2 and 3 discovery and visualization tool goes far beyond typical IP discovery, providing detailed hardware inventory and configuration information down to the individual port, presenting all the information needed to manage networks and virtualized systems.

As a fully integrated plug-in for all editions of WhatsUp Gold v12.4, WhatsConnected provides a simple approach to understanding network infrastructures as well as identifying and creating powerful monitoring strategies. WhatsConnected v1.5 adds a whole new dynamic to your network monitoring arsenal, giving you a complete view of your network's topology.

"We have been using WhatsConnected very effectively to diagram and document our network, and the information obtained has enhanced our usage of WhatsUp Gold by allowing our staff to track and resolve problems quickly and efficiently," states Angus Sherwood, IT Operations at the University of Calgary. "The addition of discovery, inventory/configuration and mapping for VMware environments in WhatsConnected v1.5 will definitely increase our knowledge and give us the ability to comprehensively document both our physical and virtualized infrastructures."

WhatsUp Gold -- Know Your Network

Ipswitch™ WhatsUp® Gold is a network management software solution with over 100,000 networks reliably managed 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 delivers 360° visibility, actionable intelligence and complete control, allowing you the opportunity to really know your network.

WhatsUp Gold scales from the small business to the large enterprise, and its functionality can be easily extended with additional plug-in modules: WhatsUp Gold WhatsConnected™ for Layer 2/Layer 3 discovery, mapping and visualization; WhatsUp Gold NetFlow Monitor for network performance and utilization monitoring; 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:

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