Archive for October, 2010
SC Magazine just reviewed Ipswitch’s MOVEit DMZ, and awarded it a 5-star rankings for each of their 7 categories – That’s actually 35-stars in total!
As many of you know, MOVEit DMZ is used by thousands of organizations around the globe to manage mission-critical file transfers that meet requirement for security and compliance. Not only is MOVEit DMZ used to transfer data between internal systems and across companies, but there is also a nifty Outlook plug-in that enables simple and secure person-to-person file transfer with governance and visibility.
“MOVEit DMZ from Ipswitch is a managed file transfer server that helps secure data.
Installation was easy and straightforward…. Getting the initial administrative duties out of the way was easy as well.
The solution allows admins to enforce how file transfers are handled, and it encrypts both the transmission and storage of the files to, from and on the server itself.
We were impressed with all the features. There are plenty of protocol support options…. There are also built-in, browser-based APIs to allow for bulk file transfer via web browsers, and even a module to allow for ad hoc transfers via an email attachment using Microsoft Outlook.
From an administration perspective, there are many enterprise-class features available. Users can limit remote administration and incoming connections to particular network segments, as well as a full range of auditing and reporting for the solution.”
For those of you unfamiliar with MOVEit DMZ, please do take 2-minutes and watch our overview video. And feel free to submit any questions you have about our MOVEit solutions and we’ll be sure to quickly get back to you.
Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking with the sales representatives and account managers at CompuCom, many of whom have been selling Ipswitch solutions for a long time. It was a return visit to CompuCom’s Dallas headquarters for me, having attended a similar vendor fair about 6 months ago.
Many of our conversations centered on the types of problems that CompuCom customers are asking them help solve with technology solutions. Top of the list are topics such as: Group policy management, security, compliance, B2B exchanges and virtualization.
About a dozen or so of the representatives I talked with focus solely on renewal business. It was nice to see the enthusiasm on long-term customer relationship and growing existing customer accounts. One upsell in particular that was mentioned quite often for existing WS_FTP Server customers was adding the Ad Hoc Transfer module for person-to-person transfers using either Outlook or a browser.
Oh, and team Veeam – nice spending time with you guys. You may have won the bowling match over team Ipswitch, but I return home to Boston knowing that Sam Adams beat Shiner Bock (TX’s so-called national beer) in the head-to-head comparison taste test!
Here’s an amazing tale of how Ipswitch WS_FTP software is being used by the European Columbus laboratory to securely transfer hundreds of megabytes of scientific data between the International Space Station and Earth.
“Crew time is so valuable and the volume of data involved is so large that a reliable and secure system for data transfer was absolutely essential,” explained Alain Maillet, Cadmos engineer.
“WS_FTP gives us the possibility to transfer all our scientific data files automatically and securely, not only in space, but also back down to Earth – it is secure, stable and easy-to-use.”
Here’s an action photo of Alain Maillet talking with the International Space Station from Toulouse, France.
Got a great Ipswitch story of your own to tell? Email us at email@example.com…. We can’t wait to hear all about it!
Interested in learning more about the Managed File Transfer (MFT) market? Want to see how you can map file transfer projects to an MFT Maturity Model?
Join us for a look at the “State of the Industry” with Frank Kenney, former Research Director at Gartner and current VP of Global Strategy at Ipswitch.
During this live webcast, Frank will provide insights into the MFT market, including:
- Convergence of the B2B, EAI, and MFT markets
- Governance implications of sharing information
- Growing role of SaaS
- New opportunities for technology providers in the evolving MFT space
- Evolving vendor landscape amid recent acquisitions and market activity
In my last three blog posts on the Ziff Davis MFT survey, we dove into security and compliance, highlighted other notable strengths such as speed, reliability, scalability and up-time, and looked at some perceived deployment challenges.
Today, let’s look at the business benefits of a MFT and how they impact an organization’s bottom line.
The survey did a nice job uncovering some supporting business processes which respondents claim were positively impacted by their MFT solution. These include: communications with remote office and remote workers, collaborating with external business partners, vendors and suppliers, distribution and fulfillment, compliance management and customer service.
Here’s a nice summary: “Note how these improvements address the bottom line for an organization directly by improving efficiency, security, and customer outreach all at the same time.” That’s quite an impressive trifecta!
I’ll conclude this 4-part blog series with a couple of closing thoughts:
- I wholeheartedly agree with MFT solutions wearing the “unsung security and compliance solution” label…. And that growing perception will spread as more and more organizations look at refining, automating, optimizing and securing their file transfer policies, processes and workflows.
- It all comes down to visibility, management and enforcement. Organizations need visibility into data interactions, including files, events, people, policies and processes. They also need to be able to manage and automate internal and external data transfers and interactions. And of course, organizations must be able to easily create and enforce administrator defined policies and rules, including (but certainly not limited to) security.
Want more insight into the evolving MFT space? Watch a webcast “Managed File Transfer: Directions for the Coming Year” in which Ipswitch’s Frank Kenney is joined by Accellion’s Paula Skokowski, Attachmate’s Sam Morris and a contingent of eWeek Editors.