What struck me was that just a couple of months earlier, I'd seen another article that touched on the same products, but without the lab test. The conclusions about the architectures were similar--however without the lab test, the other author had no chance of knowing about the performance difference, so he recommended the fancier product. Both articles were factually correct, but one simply didn't have all the relevant data. The reason I remember this is because I wrote that other article. Chalk one up for Mr. Hill and NWC.
In speaking with many of you, I've learned how you use Network Computing test results when talking to vendors. It's not uncommon to hear about IT managers plopping down an NWC report card with the vendor's grade circled and asking them to explain it. It's an incredibly powerful service and we're proud to continue to provide it. However, that's certainly not the end of the story. We know you depend on numerous sources to inform your buying decisions, including other magazines, peers, integrators and analysts. You look to all these sources, weigh their impartiality and the quality of their coverage, then make your decision.
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Art Wittmann is editor in chief of Network Computing. Write to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.