It’s like having your cake and eating it too. WhatsUp Gold earned a sweet first-place rank in CRN’s Network Management Solution Bake-Off, beating out solutions from Ad Rem and Solar Winds. It’s gratifying to see the WUG team’s hard work recognized not only for creating great technology but also for making the product so channel-friendly. The reviewer pointed out WhatsUp’s features and the benefits of Ipswitch’s partner program.
The application offers an intuitive interface and a high level of customization for its features. WhatsUp Gold Premium combines many network-management features and trending databases with extensive packet intelligence, supporting SNMP 1/2/3 and WMI devices.
There’s no fee to join Ipswitch’s three-tier partner program, but it requires an annual revenue commitment and technical certification. Ipswitch gives leads to partners and offers pre-sales, post-sales and technical support.
The test center setup was a great simulation of a typical SMB network, with one Microsoft and four Linux servers running web, email, firewall and SQL server running on them, two workstations, two Cisco switches and an HP printer. Just to jazz things up, the engineers added an Apple MacBook to the environment partway through the test. These kinds of dynamic, heterogeneous networks are more and more common in businesses of all sizes. In these days of consolidation in the IT press, it’s good to see that CRN still takes the time to do thorough, real-world testing.