Network World Announces 2000 Best Of The Test Award Winners

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA — NOVEMBER 15, 2000 — Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, today announced the winners of its 2000 Best of the Test Awards. The Network World Best of the Tests designation goes to the top enterprise network hardware and software products that have gone through a rigorous, hands-on testing by Network World’s Global Test Alliance members and independent product reviewers. The winning products are featured this week in Network World’s “Best Issue”, a special Signature Series edition, and on the Network World Fusion Best mini site. ( The awards will be presented at an invitation-only ceremony on January 31 during the ComNet 2001 show in Washington D.C.


Selection was primarily based on the highest scores for products in 16 separate categories within a 12-month eligibility period. These categories are: access hardware and software, client administration, convergence, directories, e-mail-related software, enterprise servers, LAN management, multimedia networking, network operating system (NOS) tools, security, storage, enterprise switching, virtual private networking (VPN), WAN management, Web acceleration, and Web site management.

“We are proud to be the premier source of objective, authoritative reviews in the networking marketplace,” stated Christine Burns, Test Alliance Director. “Network World’s Global Test Alliance comprises more than a dozen of the most qualified industry experts, network integrators and University labs who have tested these products to ascertain their worth in enterprise networks.”

2000 Best of Test Award Winners

Category Winner

Access Hardware and Software Microsoft’s SNA Server 4.0

Client Maintenance Intel’s LANDesk Management Suite 6.3

Convergence Nuera Communication’s ORCA GX-8 voice over IP gateway

Directories iPlanet’s Directory Server

E-mail-related Software Discus Data Solution’s Exchange Management Solution (ExMs)

LAN Management MediaHouse Software’s ipMonitor

Enterprise Servers Compaq’s ProLiant 6400 rack mountable server

Multimedia Networking Polycom’s ViewStation MP

NOS Administration Tools NetIQ OnePoint Operations Manager

Security Products BioNetrix Authentication Suite

Storage Brocade Communication’s SilkWorm 2400/2800

SAN switch

WAN Management Tools Visual Networks’ Visual UpTime

Web Acceleration Tools Phobos, Inc.’s ipXpress

Web Site Management Coast Software’s WebMaster 4.1

Enterprise Switches Foundry Network’s BigIron 4000

VPN Products TimeStep Permit Enterprise 1.2 (now the Alcatel 7137 Secure VPN Gateway)

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