Network World Selects Ten Outstanding Performers in Annual Best of the Tests Product Testing Awards; Winners Chosen for Features, Performance and Value by Independent Product Testers

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – FEBRUARY 27, 2006 – Network World, Inc. announced the winners of its seventh 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 hundreds of products tested throughout 2005 as part of Network World's Clear Choice testing program. The 10 Best of the Tests winners are profiled in this Signature Series issue.

"All entrants demonstrated product excellence by virtue of their high Clear Choice Test scores," said Christine Burns, executive editor of testing. "The 10 winners architected products that went above and beyond, demonstrating outstanding performance and unbeatable value in each of their respective categories – sound choices for enterprise deployment."

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2006 Best of the Tests Winners

Company Product Name Category

Aruba Networks A2400, A800 Switches; A61 Access Point Wireless

CipherTrust IronMail Messaging

Cisco Systems (Nasdaq:CSCO) Catalyst 4948-10GE Network Infrastructure

ClearSight Networks Analyzer Convergence

Google (Nasdaq:GOOG) Search Appliance Information Management

Hewlett-Packard (NYSE, Nasdaq:HPQ) OpenView Network Node Manager, Operations & Internet Services Network Management

Interwise iMeeting Convergence

Juniper Networks (Nasdaq:JNPR) Secure Access SSL VPN Appliance Security Infrastructure

McAfee (NYSE:MFE) Secure Content Management Appliance Client Security

Symantec (Nasdaq:SYMC) DeepSight Alert Services Security Management

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 Tests results, the Best Products issue includes:

— Category-breaking Innovation – Columnists selected products and services that stood out in 2005 for breaking market boundaries or offering the potential to change the networked world – or at least their corner of it.

— Fave Raves – Readers discuss their favorite network products and services.

— Best Blogs – The inside scoop on the best tech-related blogs.

— Testers Tips – Network World Lab Alliance members pass along their buying tips for a broad range of Network IT products.

Details of test criteria, as well as the entire Best Products issue are available at

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