SOURCE: Ipswitch

May 06, 2008 15:08 ET

Ipswitch, Inc. Announces Worldwide Availability of WhatsUp® Gold v12

Building on Over 15 Years of Network Management Excellence, New WhatsUp Gold Product Family Offers Unprecedented Functionality With Scalability From the SMB to the Enterprise

LEXINGTON, MA--(Marketwire - May 6, 2008) - Ipswitch, Inc.'s Network Management division, the leading developer of network management software, announced today the immediate availability of WhatsUp Gold Version 12 Standard, Premium, Distributed and MSP Editions. WhatsUp Gold product family enhancements include a number of new features that enable true real-time monitoring of network devices and add configurable reports to allow up-to-the-second intelligence about and visibility into monitored systems or devices. Additional updates give WhatsUp Gold far more scalability, functionality and capabilities than point products aimed at small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), with pricing that is often many times lower than competitors' enterprise-class network management solutions.

Warner Music Italy, a division of Warner Music Group, which handles globally recognized record labels in the music industry including Atlantic, Warner Bros. and Rhino, has been successfully trialing WhatsUp Gold Version 12 across its operations.

"As a leading music publisher, it is important for us to be on song when it comes to understanding our complex network," explains Warner Music Italy IT Manager, Claudio Rivabene. "We found Ipswitch's WhatsUp Gold version 12 to be the number one solution to help us manage and monitor our whole infrastructure spanning between Milan, Rome and Athens."

The enhancements to the WhatsUp Gold product family build on Ipswitch's award winning, scalable architecture and the capabilities that managers of over 70,000 networks and over three million networked devices have come to count on. WhatsUp Gold v12's unique modular framework provides users with predictive network management and monitoring of critical IT infrastructures. The WhatsUp Gold product family is built on a scalable, common architecture to support organizations of all sizes and grow with its customers' businesses, providing consistent, easy-to-use management and monitoring interfaces, transparent upgrade paths and the lowest acquisition cost and Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) available.

"IT networks are a crucial component of business strategy and represent the fundamental path to growth for many organizations," said Warren Neuburger, President of the Ipswitch Network Management division. "WhatsUp Gold v12 enables network engineers to take a proactive and predictive approach to network management so their networks stay healthy and continue facilitating business growth. Moreover, WhatsUp Gold can scale with an organization as it grows so there is no need to implement new systems or retrain personnel, and historical data is never lost."

WhatsUp Gold v12 Key Feature Highlights:

--  Split Second Graphs in Workspace Reports -- configurable, real-time
    data graphs, gauges or task manager formats can now be added into any
    workspace view.
--  Real-time Data in Full Reports -- 13 new real-time reports can be
    added to full reports, including graphs updated continuously with current
    information. Real-time data can be paired with historical data to give
    users a 360° perspective of the combined information.
--  InstantInfo -- device usage data is now available in real time
    throughout workspace views and dashboards by simply hovering the cursor
    over device links (e.g. hard drive names or network interfaces).
--  Web Task Manager and Web Performance Monitor -- new Web-based network
    tools extend the functionality of familiar Windows tools to every device
    user's monitor in real time -- even for devices that do not run Windows.
--  New SNMP Tools and Enhancements -- improved flexibility, capabilities
    and configurability of SNMP in WhatsUp Gold v12 now includes: MIB Explorer,
    MIB Walker, MIB Manager, high-speed SNMP interface support and custom
    naming for SNMP interfaces.
--  Email Monitor -- innovative monitor uses SMTP, POP3, or IMAP to check
    availability of mail servers and supports encryption with SSL/TLS and SMTP
    authentication to guarantee that the monitor sends emails to a secure email
    account, ensuring compliance with security and data protection directives.
    

Other new features in WhatsUp Gold v12 include:

--  New SNMP Management Information Base (MIB) tools
--  215 new Cisco-specific MIBs
--  Upgraded SQL Server 2005 Express (SSE) database
--  Device management drag and drop support
--  Microsoft Vista support both as a monitored OS and as the WhatsUp host
    system
--  SMS Direct Support with enhanced SMS notification functionality
    

For a complete list of all the new features in WhatsUp Gold v12, visit: www.whatsupgold.com/products/whats-new.aspx

"With WhatsUp Gold v12, network professionals can be assured that as their networks grow in complexity, the product family's scalable architecture provides a seamless migration path to support their increasing needs, right out of the box," said Ennio Carboni, Vice President of Sales for Ipswitch Network Management. "Users do not need to evaluate, buy, install, configure and learn new products as their networks grow. From straightforward single site networks to multi-site enterprise networks, WhatsUp Gold provides the same consistent and intuitive user focused interface, management structure and reporting throughout the entire product line."

Pricing and Availability

The WhatsUp Gold v12 product family is now commercially available and shipping. Each product edition can be purchased directly from the Ipswitch Network Management division's Web site at: www.whatsupgold.com/online-shop, as well as from Ipswitch's worldwide partners, a directory of which can be found at www.ipswitch.com/partners/directory.asp. Volume discounts and site licenses are available.

--  WhatsUp Gold v12 Standard Edition pricing starts at $1,995 for up to
    100 devices.
--  WhatsUp Gold v12 Premium Edition pricing starts at $2,595 for up to
    100 devices.
--  WhatsUp Gold Distributed v12 with central install pricing starts at
    $3,095 for up to 100 devices.
--  WhatsUp Gold Distributed v12 with remote install pricing starts at
    $895 for up to 25 devices.
--  WhatsUp Gold MSP v12 with central server install pricing starts at
    $2,595 for up to 25 devices.
--  WhatsUp Gold MSP v12 with remote install pricing starts at $195 for up
    to 5 devices (single site).
    

A one year service agreement is included in the product purchase price. It combines unlimited telephone and email technical support with free software updates and maintenance releases.

Customers with active service agreements for WhatsUp Gold v11 are eligible to receive WhatsUp Gold v12 free of charge.

About Ipswitch Network Management

Ipswitch™ WhatsUp® Gold is the world's leading network management solution with over 70,000 networks reliably managed worldwide. Built on a scalable architecture offering automated device discovery and network mapping, SNMP and WMI monitoring, and versatile alerting, notification, and reporting functionality, WhatsUp Gold delivers 360 degree visibility, actionable intelligence and complete control. WhatsUp Gold is available in four distinct product editions: WhatsUp Gold Premium Edition, WhatsUp Gold Distributed Edition, WhatsUp Gold Standard Edition and WhatsUp Gold MSP Edition. Visit www.whatsupgold.com for more information.

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 manage their networks with Ipswitch WhatsUp® Gold, 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. Ipswitch values community involvement; visit http://icare.ipswitch.com to find out how to become involved.

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

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