ene. 04 2011

Ipswitch Survey Reveals Biggest Challenges to Corporate Networks in 2011

Maintaining Network Uptime a Top Concern for a Quarter of Respondents; Monitoring Cloud Computing Applications Not yet a Reality For 86.7%

LEXINGTON, MA ─ January 4, 2011  Ipswitch Inc.’s Network Management Division, developer of the WhatsUp Gold suite of innovative IT management solutions, today released the results of a survey of some of its 100,000 customers into their top network management concerns for 2011. The results showed that while maintaining network uptime remains the top concern for almost a quarter of respondents, managing bandwidth utilization was close behind with 23.9% of the vote. This follows the warning made last July that global networks hit 95% capacity during key games in the 2010 FIFA World Cup. 


While cloud computing garnered a lot of headlines in 2010, only around one in eight Ipswitch Network Management Division customers identified the need to monitor cloud-based applications as a challenge for 2011; hinting that the proliferation of cloud solutions is not as widespread as some industry commentators have claimed.


Responses to “What is the biggest challenge to managing networks in 2011?”

  • Maintaining network uptime 24.8%
  • Managing bandwidth utilization 23.9%
  • Identifying the entire IT estate 15.4%
  • Managing infrastructure changes 14.6%
  • Monitor cloud-based applications and virtualization projects 13.3%
  • No new challenges in 2011 8.0%


In network and data center infrastructure environments, the leading indicator of impending failure is the marked degradation of resource performance over time. Increasing network traffic and application usage can drive interface utilization rates upwards to unsustainable levels. Ipswitch’s WhatsUp Gold can monitor and record the changes of workload, utilization, and user experience over time and notify administrators when these exceed specified threshold levels. With historical insight into how performance has trended over time, network and system administrators can take pre-emptive steps to reallocate workloads, augment capacity and maintain utilization rates within acceptable levels.


“As the use of video and other bandwidth-intensive applications increases in business, so does the danger that bandwidth utilization will exceed maximum levels. This, in turn, amplifies the need to effectively monitor the corporate network. Our survey results show that both utilization and network monitoring remain key concerns for network administrators in 2011,” said Ennio Carboni, president of Ipswitch Inc.’s Network Management Division. “WhatsUp Gold provides network administrators peace of mind by offering powerful performance monitoring and management capabilities that provide a comprehensive view of IT infrastructure and application health.”


About the Network Management Division of Ipswitch, Inc.       

The Network Management Division of Ipswitch, Inc. is the developer of the WhatsUp Gold suite of innovative IT management software. WhatsUp Gold delivers comprehensive network, system, application and event log monitoring and management solutions for small and medium businesses and enterprises. Built on a modular, yet integrated  architecture, the affordable and easy-to-use solutions scale with the size and complexity of any physical or virtual IT infrastructure. From a single console, WhatsUp Gold supports standard IT management tasks including automated discovery, mapping, real-time monitoring, alerting, troubleshooting and reporting. More than 100,000 networks worldwide use WhatsUp Gold solutions to assure the availability, health and security of their critical business infrastucture today.

WhatsUp Gold was named Network Management Product of 2010 by Network Computing Magazine and earned the Network Products Guide2010 Product Innovation Award in Network Management. To learn more about WhatsUp Gold, or download a free trial, please visit: