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Network Computing Review of Patch Management Products

Evaluation Particulars

Network Computing will be conducting a comparative review of Patch Management products for our April 1, 2004, issue. Testing will take place in our Syracuse Real World labs.

What Do We Consider Appropriate for This Review?
We are considering products that offer the ability to deploy patches for Windows platforms (2000, NT, XP, etc.) in an enterprise environment. Vendors with products that have cross-platform patching functionality may be participants as long as one of the supported platforms is Windows.

To be qualified for this review products must: a) have patch "roll-back" functionality; b) have methods for "rate-limiting" patch deployments to control bandwidth consumption; and c) be priced under $50k (US) for 1,000 workstations and 20 servers.

Real-World Labs Testing Scenario
All product testing is conducted under real-world conditions. We will judge products based on the following criteria:

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