Archive for May, 2010
In the automated file transfer world there are two general user experiences.
Workflow #1: Inbox/Outbox – When an end user (or application) signs on, it sees either one or two folders: an “inbox” where it can drop files and an “outbox” where he/she/it can pick them up. Frequently when items are placed into the inbox they disappear into an internal system almost immediately. Frequently when items are downloaded from the outbox they also disappear immediately.
A common variation on this is the combined inbox/outbox where any items visible to the end user are “outbox” items and end users simply upload new items, which do disappear immediately, to the same folder.
I just got off the phone today with another prospect confused by Ipswitch’s flat pricing policy. The question was phrased something like this:
“If I want to load MOVEit up on an eight-way, quad-core box to handle millions of files a month you’ll charge me the same as if I loaded it up on a single-processor, single-core box?”
The answer, of course, was “yes”. Ipswitch doesn’t penalize you for bringing better hardware to the party. We do test a few common hardware configurations to get some baseline performance statistics, but if you’re willing to throw faster hardware (memory, processor, hard drives), fatter network pipes or a more efficient operating system, we won’t dig into your pockets – YOU keep the value.
A quick summary of key industry happenings:
A) The economic impact of piracy (including software) is *really* not understood: http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-10-423. See pages 15 – 19 of the full report in particular.
I’ve always been skeptical of the piracy claims, good to see someone actually reviewed them. I think it is better for the industry to focus on the valued real customer rather than to fabricate and fret about the unknown and unquantifiable pirate customer.
Greetings from the tradeshow floor of SecureWorld Expo in Philladelphia. The conference halls are certainly abuzz with security education, training, networking and of course lots of thought provoking conversations.
Here’s a short video of Ipswitch’s L. Frank Kenney talking with CAI’s Wayne Lawrence about the consumerization of IT, how employees will do what they have to do to be productive, and how those interactions will trump any type of IT security policy.
Ipswitch win’s the Augusta Plane Pull, benefiting the Ronald McDonald House. Ipswitch’s team of computer programmers won for the second year in a row, pulling a Boeing 727 plane 12 feet in 6.499 seconds — more than five seconds faster than last year’s time.
Team Ipswitch had some pretty tough competition, 36 teams in total, including the Army AND the Navy!
The NEW Ronald MacDonald House will begin construction next year.