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NETWORK & SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT

Small Gains Add Up to Big Benefits

  May 13, 2002
  By Bruce Boardman



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Network & Systems Management Product of the Year: Keynote KeyReadiness

Web site performance loading is often limited to blasting raw bits at as many concurrent users as possible. Unfortunately, this has virtually nothing to do with the way users interact with a site. Although this type of raw power loading is better than nothing, it does little to ensure that a site can withstand the weight of a promotional blitz. But KeyReadiness from Keynote Systems uncovers the real capacity of a Web site. This loading solution carefully analyzes user transactions and sessions. The goal is to load the Web site with the type of traffic it's likely to get in real life. This careful attention to detail enables the service to give load data details that pertain to the specifics of a particular site. Number of users, throughput and response time just aren't enough. What's needed is reporting that shows just how much more business a site can support before it begins to crumble. And that's what KeyReadiness delivers.

Keynote Systems, (800) 539-6683, (650) 403-2400. www.keynote.com

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Categories: Enterprise Network-Management System | Network & Application Performance-Management System | Protocol Analyzer | Network Documentation & Drawing Tool | Network Diagnostic Utility | Desktop System-Management Solution | Web Site Loading Service



Enterprise Network-Management System

WINNER: IBM Tivoli NetView 7.1

Network management frameworks have fallen out of favor (as well they should). Their kludge-riddled implementations choked off your ROI like a cat with a hairball lodged in its throat. NetView, however, is the exact opposite. It quickly sets about monitoring and organizing network management.

If you can use Word, you can use NetView. Smart grouping of devices and services and a Java-based thin console make it work with all networks and in all places. Tivoli has not attempted to crack the Layer 2 topology knot -- or should we say hairball -- like most other network management systems' vendors. Instead, the company has begun identifying MPLS Label-Switched Routers. In addition to this useful service provider addition, NetView 7.1 has expanded to managed networks via IBM's other service provider network management offering, the CNAT (Comprehensive Network Address Translator) SNMP NAT application.

IBM, (877) Tivoli-1, (512) 436-8000. www.tivoli.com

Finalists:

• HP OpenView Network Node Manager 6.2, Hewlett-Packard Co.,

(877) 686-9637. www.openview.hp.com

• InfraTools 4.2.2, Peregrine Systems, (800) 638-5231, (858) 481-5000. www.peregrine.com




Network & Application Performance-Management System

WINNER: Patrol 3.2, now shipping 3.5

BMC Software, a longtime systems-management stalwart, planted a network management seed that now is bearing fruit. In 1999, BMC purchased the very mature Boole & Babbage fault management system, and last year integrated it into the BMC suite as Patrol Enterprise Manager. Also last year, with the purchase of a Web-based network management tool from the French company Perform SA and its quick integration into the rest of the suite, BMC has framed itself as a major player, able to monitor all parts--network, systems and applications--of business services.

BMC Software, (800) 291-4262, (713) 918-8800. www.bmc.com/products/ebusiness

Finalist:

• Finalist: eHealth, Concord Communications, (800) 851-8725, (508) 460-4646. www.concord.com




Protocol Analyzer

WINNER: EtherPeek NX 1.0

Software protocol analyzers are often interesting toys, able to decode headers and show some utilization but unable to provide much beyond that. WildPackets, however, has added network IP tools and expert analysis to its already very complete decodes. This rounds out the field of diagnostic tools, like those that track down duplicate IP addresses and report performance of top talkers, by offering suggestions on possible causes at the network and data link layers.

WildPackets, (800) 466-2447, (925) 937-7900. www.wildpackets.com

Finalist:

• PrismLite, Radcom, (800) 723-2664, (201) 518-0033. www.radcom-inc.com




Network Documentation & Drawing Tool

WINNER: Microsoft Viso Professional 2002

Microsoft Corp., (800) 426-9400. www.microsoft.com/office/visio

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Finalists:

• Network Inspector 5.0, Fluke Networks, (800) 283-5853, (425) 446-4519. www.flukenetworks.com

• Network Designer 3.0, now shipping as Netformx DesignXpert 4.0, Netformix, (888) 743-6769, (408) 355-2400. www.netformx.com




Network Diagnostic Utility

WINNER: NetTool

Fluke's NetTool is a great handheld cable analyzer in a very small format, but its ease of use is what really makes it such a handy gadget. Unlike most handheld diagnostic tools, the interface requires no training -- it's literally plug and play. It's not for certifying an entire wire plant, but for checking things like continuity, twisted-pair pin outs, cable distances and utilization, NetTool is fast, easy and accurate enough to find bad cables, all without breaking the bank.

Fluke Networks, (800) 283-5853, (425) 446-4519. www.flukenetworks.com

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Finalists:

• WhatsUp Gold 6.0, now shipping 7.0, Ipswitch, (800) 793-4825, (781) 676-5700. www.ipswitch.com

• SolarWinds Engineers Edition, SolarWinds.Net, (918) 307-8100. www.solarwinds.net




Desktop System-Management Solution

WINNER: WebCensus

Do you limbo? --the Catholic, not Jamaican, kind. No? Well, try getting an accurate PC inventory when you have more than a handful of the little buggers. And the only thing worse than the endless task of inventorying PCs is having to install, implement, maintain and run the inventory system. Well, WebCensus from Tally Systems, a longtime asset-management tool vendor, is nothing if not a light and easy service. Whether you want complete asset scanning through a browser as an ongoing service or a one-time quick shot, WebCensus delivers the salvation the Web was meant to provide.

Tally Systems Corp., (800) 262-3877, (603) 643-1300. www.tallysys.com

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Finalists:

• Altiris Migration Toolkit, Altiris, (888) 252-5551, (801) 226-8500. www.altiris.com

• Uptime Management Tool 1.0 for Managing ClearCube, ClearCube Technology, (866) 652-3500, (512) 652-3500. www.clearcube.com




Web Site Loading Service

WINNER: Keynote KeyReadiness Load Testing, now known as Keynote LoadPro

Keynote Systems Keynote LoadPro, formerly Keynote Systems Keynote LoadPro Loading a Web site is more than blasting ever-increasing numbers of packets. Ad from beginning to end, Keynote focuses on the characteristics of those packets: first by gathering information about the current site architecture; then by understanding where your business is going and how your Web site might be affected; and finally by carefully building and executing tests to look at not only each piece of the infrastructure that makes up your site, but also how the pieces work together to serve a model of the existing traffic. All the way to the end of testing, with careful analysis and reporting, Keynote LoadPro helps quantify, repair and plan the capacity of your Web site for you and your customers.

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Finalists:

• Finalists: PointForward, Compuware Corp., (800) 521-9353, (248) 737-7300. www.compuware.com

• Active Test, Mercury Interactive Corp., (800) TEST911, (408) 822-5200. www.mercuryinteractive.com



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