Network World Announces Winners Of Annual Product Testing Awards

FEBRUARY 28, 2005 – SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – Network World, Inc. announced the winners of its sixth annual Best of the Tests awards in its special Best Products issue released today. Winners were chosen by the Network World testing editors in conjunction with Network World's Lab Alliance -13 independent product testers who are industry experts, university affiliates or members of independent labs – from among the 260 products they tested throughout 2004 as part of Network World's Clear Choice testing program. Nine Best of the Tests winners were selected in eight categories and are profiled in this Signature Series issue.

"Network World's rigorous hands-on testing and unparalleled selection criteria ensures the winning products demonstrate outstanding performance and unbeatable value in each of their respective categories," said Christine Burns, executive editor of testing. "Network IT Executives can rest assured that these nine products have earned our highest recommendation for enterprise deployment."

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Best of the Tests Winners

Company Product Name Category

Akonix Systems, Inc. L7 Enterprise Messaging/Collaboration

IBM Corporation (NYSE: IBM) BladeCenter with HS20 blade server Network Infrastructure

Opnet Technologies, Inc.* (Nasdaq: OPNT) IT Guru Network Management

Opsware Inc.* (Nasdaq: OPSW) TrueControl Network Management

Juniper Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR) NetScreen-SA 5000 Security Infrastructure

Preventsys, Inc. Network Audit and Policy Assurance System Security Management

Cisco Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) MDS 9509 Storage

Teros, Inc. Secure Application Gateway 100SSL Web Infrastructure

Aligo, Inc. Omni Mobile Platform Wireless & Mobility

*indicates tie in category

Inside This Best Products Issue

The annual Signature Series Best Products issue showcases products with superb performance, outstanding features and real world applicability. Readers, independent product testers, columnists and editors list their favorites in a number of categories. In addition to Best of the Test results, the Best Products issue includes:

Category-breaking Innovation – Five columnists selected five products and services for their innovative features, technology and design.

Open Source, Tried and True – Six Lab Alliance members describe their favorite open source tools.

Fave Raves – Five readers discuss their favorite network products and services.

Really Cool Tools: Senior editor, Keith Shaw, picks the coolest tools from all of the products he tested in 2004.

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