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Independent Reviews
of Network Hardware and Software


                 Network Testing Labs has been reviewing hardware and software far longer than anyone else.   

Features
and White Papers






Advice for security doctors: Hack thyself
Ethical hacking of your own Web sites can reveal problems and vulnerabilities before the bad guys find them.

Technical Tip - Connecting a protocol analyzer
An alternative cabling approach for “full-up” switches.
Editor's Choice:
Acronis Backup 12 vs.
Veritas Backup Exec 15







Linux in the enterprise
While many companies are far from ready to make Linux a corporate standard, a few large organizations are using it to do serious work.

Managing tons of data
A variety of approaches to administering terabytes of information.


Down on the farm
Four companies with centrally-managed server farms.


Adopting SQL Server 2000
A profile of companies that decided to begin using SQL Server.


Reviews and Articles

Anti-malware; Security
 








Gateway-architecture security appliances thwart malware
Several vendors — such as McAfee, Barracuda, Websense, Surf Control — offer anti-malware devices to protect an entire network from the bad guys. Which is best?

IQProtector - Document Security
IQProtector Suite 5.0 was highly configurable, and it successfully secured our documents from prying eyes. However, it slows document access and is a bit pricey.



Network Monitoring and Management








Entry-level monitoring
In a group of truly excellent products, a wealth of features earns ipMonitor top billing.

Mid-Range network monitoring and management
Sophisticated monitoring, accurate discovery, flexible alerts and useful reports earned H-P’s OpenView and Argent’s Extended Technologies the top spots in a two-tier competition.

Desktop management
Automating nearly every desktop administration function imaginable for diverse clients, LANDesk wins our Clear Choice award. However, the others were close behind.

Enterprise Network Management
We test IBM's Tivoli Netcool/OMNIbus, CA Technologies' CA eHealth and NetQoS ReporterAnalyzer and HP's Automated Network Management Suite.

Entuity 12.5 Network Management
We've found a gem - a feature-rich, eminently scalable, sophisticated and enterprise-ready network monitor.

                                        Network Testing Labs' reviews are objective and compelling.   


DNS — DHCP — IPAM


 





Global IPAM
Our latest study reveals that the new Efficient IP SOLIDServer 5.0.2 appliances offer advanced IP addressing technologies, performance, scalability, ease of use, reliability, virtual computing features and high security. They represent a quantum leap in IP address management.


Data on the network

Backing it up, restoring it and organizing it





Acronis Backup 12 vs. Veritas Backup Exec 15
Acronis Backup 12 is faster, more feature-rich, easier to use and more affordable. Acronis is also the more stable, successful vendor.



Acronis Backup 12 vs. Veeam Availability Suite 9
Blistering speed, ease of use and lower cost make a winning combination. Acronis Backup 12 is 60% to 100% faster. It works in virtual, physical and cloud environments.Its price is one-third that of Veeam AS 9.


Look for a new review of Acronis Backup 12 and Arcserve UDP soon.
 

SQL Server 2012
Microsoft’s latest database version offers new data analysis features, greater uptime and some performance improvements. It also costs more, imposes extra burdens on administrators and needs tons of bandwidth.



                                                       Network Testing Labs' reviews are the most trusted.   


New Paradigms in Technology






A 21st century mainframe user interface to replace 3270 “green screens”
CA's Chorus completely redefines the mainframe user interface.



Testing in a Diverse Environment






Taking precautions to produce pristine testing

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Reviews from Many,
Many Years Ago ...








Battle of the Web servers
Although there's plenty of cheaper competition, these two Web servers are more capable and dependable than ever.


Enterprise-ready relational database managers
Three relational database managers you can run your business on.



Satellite-based WAN optimization
We look at Expand Networks’ Accelerator 4900 series, iDirect Network Accelerator Series 1200, Packeteer SkyX 750, ViaSat xPEP and Comtech EF Data TurboIP devices.

  Features and
  White Papers








VitalQIP quietly features advanced technologies and best practices
A major reason for Alcatel-Lucent’s IPAM/DNS/DHCP market leadership is its use of cutting edge software and hardware technologies.

Linux in the enterprise
While many companies are far from ready to make Linux a corporate standard, a few large organizations are using it to do serious work.

Advice for security doctors: Hack thyself
Ethical hacking of your own Web sites can reveal problems and vulnerabilities before the bad guys find them.

Technical Tip - Connecting a protocol analyzer
An alternative cabling approach for “full-up” switches.

Managing tons of data
A variety of approaches to administering terabytes of information.

Down on the farm
Four companies with centrally-managed server farms.

Adopting SQL Server 2000
A profile of companies that decided to begin using SQL Server.



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