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About RoundRobin Tech Services - RoundRobin Tech Services is formed by a team of professionals having more than 20 years of experience in the Internet Security & Network Infrastructure Sector. We define ourselves as a Value-Added Distributor focused in distributing the most innovative solutions available, whilst ensuring that these provide great value for money for our partners and their customers. All our products are backed up by proactive pre and post-sales support, proving that we add “Value” into Value Added Distribution.

WhatsUp Gold

A complete network monitoring tool

WhatsUp Gold Layer 2/3 Discovery identifies all of the devices on your network including your routers, switches, servers, access points and more. WhatsUp Gold features Seed Scan technology which discovers all devices on the network by automatically learning your network topology. It can also discover the network using an IP Range Scan, from a Start and End IP Address and discovers all port-to-port connectivity and network dependencies. With key features like Discovering, Mapping, Monitoring, Alerting and Reporting Whatsup Gold gives you a complete Network Monitoring Tool under a Single Console. With Additional Plug-ins Like, Configuration Management, Network Traffic Analysis, Virtual Monitoring, Application Monitoring, Whatsup Gold establishes itself as a complete package to your network monitoring solution need.

With 100+ Industry Standard reports Whatsup Gold helps you generate desired reports and to provide a quick assessment of overall IT health. Real-time Performance Monitors provide for extremely granular reporting when troubleshooting or isolating an issue. In the Grid Report for Network Management, G2 evaluated some of the most prominent network management vendors on the market and recognised WhatsUp Gold as a "leader." G2 determined various factors, including features and functionality, market presence, and customer satisfaction.

Q: How does a remote workforce have anything to do with network monitoring, you may ask? Well, everything. As a network or system admin in control of your organisation's applications like Office 365 or virtual environments like VMware or Hyper-V or the VPN, how do you ensure your employees can continue to access these applications without missing a beat?

A: Increasing shift towards decentralised networks and a shift towards software-defined wide-area networking, or SD-WAN.SD-WAN has been around for years, but recently it hit its stride as an alternative to Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) network architectures, which can be expensive and inflexible against a demanding modern global enterprise network. Cloud-based software, decentralised networks, and increased mobility have pushed more businesses to adopt SD-WAN to work alongside their MPLS architecture. With SD-WAN, IT teams can decrease the number of physical devices necessary to connect enterprise networks that are spread over vast geographic distances while simultaneously increasing network resiliency. IT teams can also use centrallymanaged roles and rules to route and prioritise traffic, resulting in better application performance and lower bandwidth costs.

IT teams understandably need highly available, highperformance networks to keep their businesses humming along and their users happy—with a need to accommodate the cloud, mobile, and even the Internet of Things.

WhatsUp Gold goes a long way in giving you visibility over your network architecture. Think device uptime, device health, performance, and system information. It doesn’t stop there.

WhatsUp Gold goes ahead to give you various options of sharing this data between various stakeholders in WhatsUp Gold itself and to other external systems.

Secure Managed File Transfer

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You've probably heard the axiom, "In an information economy, data is king," and know that data theft has become a multi-billion-dollar global industry. You have likely arrived at the point where the daily transfer of files and documents between internal systems and external partners is now a core business process. At the intersection of these three vectors is the question, "What is the difference between FTP and Managed File Transfer (MFT)?"

Do You Need Managed File Transfer or Just an FTP Server?

This question is most often posed by the IT professional whose organisation is evolving from one with an occasional, non-critical need to transfer files to one in which file transfer is becoming a mission-critical, core business operation.

The answer depends on some fairly straight forward questions:

• Do you only need to transfer files occasionally?
• If the transfer doesn't happen, will anyone be upset if the file isn't available until tomorrow?
• Is there a good chance that the files contain sensitive, proprietary, or protected data?

Depending on the answers to the questions above, the wrong choice can lead to significant consequences like spending too much for a file transfer solution or worse fined for non-compliance with a data protection regulation.

The Advantages of Managed File Transfer vs. FTP

As opposed to FTP being a server model, a Managed File Transfer system can be thought of as one huge centralised file transfer system that includes:

• Visibility
• Reporting
• Logging
• Security
• Tracking
• Integrations with your security architecture
• Failover and delivery assurance

How Far Can You Extend FTP, SFTP, and FTPS?

There is a difference between FTP and Secure FTP. FTP, while commonly used to refer to both, is a minimalist protocol that enables upload and download of files to a server with rudimentary access control. You may be familiar with this if you have ever staged a website. Often the FTP server on the hosting company's web site can be accessed in 'Anonymous' mode (i.e., without a password). This is fine if its a personal website. But if it is a business, you want more protection and would look for an SFTP server.

FTPS is another, less prevalent option. These use secure protocols, SSH or SSL, to encrypt your files in transit.

SFTP servers also range in capabilities from basic to fully-loaded. On the basic end would be free, opensource solutions like FileZilla. Free solutions should always come with the caveat that you get what you pay for. But if your transfer needs are occasional and there is no business impact if the file never gets downloaded or accessed, they may be just the ticket. On the highend are solutions like Progress' WS_FTP Server.

One of the most common complaints of IT organisations that implement MFT is, "We have too many FTP servers!" Each server requires its own administration. The servers may exist on multiple platforms with different script types, operating systems, security vulnerability update needs, maintenance costs, etc. If compliance with a data protection regulation or mandates such as PCI-DSS, HIPAA, ISO-27001, or GDPR is a concern, you should be aware that many auditors view multiple FTP servers as a 'red-flag' indicating probable non-compliance.

It might not be a surprise at this point that Progress sells a managed file transfer solution. MOVEit, lets you manage, view, secure, and control all file transfer activity through a single system. MOVEit reduces the need for IT hands-on involvement and allows for user self-service as needed. It provides the perfect solution for secure file transfer to meet security and compliance needs in any industry and company size while reducing administration time and costs.

We also sell both FTP clients and servers as well as managed file transfer solutions. WS_FTP Server and WS_FTP Professional Client are proven to be reliable and secure file transfer solutions and support the latest secure file transfer protocols.

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