Network World’s Year Long Testing Reveals Best Products

SOUTHBOROUGH, MA – January 21, 2005 – Network World, Inc. announced the finalists for its sixth annual Best of the Tests awards that will conclude with winners being revealed in its Best Products issue on February 28. As a culminating event to its Clear Choice test program, Network World's Lab Alliance – an alliance of 13 independent product testers who are industry experts, university affiliates or members of independent labs – have weighed the attributes of all 260 products that were tested throughout 2004. This year, 42 Best of the Tests finalists were selected across eight categories.

"The finalists for Best of the Tests are selected from those vendors that scored the highest in the almost weekly Network World Lab Alliance product tests combined with the Lab Alliance and editorial team's assessment of how much the product will rock the networked world," said Keith Shaw, senior editor, product testing.

Network World is the only Network IT media company to use such an extensive network of independent product testers. "These people have deep expertise in their technology category and continually develop extensive tests to evaluate products the way readers would themselves if they only had the time or resources," said Christine Burns, executive editor of testing. "For ten years, Network World has been testing products so we can provide readers objective, authoritative comparisons of enterprise network products."

For more information about the Network World Lab Alliance, go to and watch for the February 28 Best Products issue of Network World for highlights of all 42 finalists and details on the 8 Best of the Tests winners.

The 42 Best of the Tests finalists include well-known companies and some emerging growth start-ups listed below:

AirMagnet, Akonix, Aligo, AlterPoint, Cisco Systems, Configuresoft, Dell, Dorado, eEye Digital Security, Extended Systems, Extreme Networks, F5 Networks, HP, IBM, Lefthand Networks, Lockdown Networks, Juniper Networks, Microsoft, nCircle, NetScreen Technologies (now Juniper), Newbury Networks, NSI Software, Nokia, OnmiQuad, Opnet Technologies, Oracle, Pedestal Software, Perabit Networks, Preventsys, Qualys, Redline Networks, Rendition Networks (now owned by Opsware), Shunra Software, SourceFire, SSH Communications Security, Symantec, Teros, Tripwire, Visionael Corp., Voyence, Webroot Software and XOSoft.

About Network World

Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, empowers Network IT Executives through education, information and community. Network World, an IDG company, is the leading provider of news, analysis, reviews, events and education on information technology. Network World publishes the leading newsweekly, Network World, hosts the most active online community, Network World Fusion (, and produces educational seminars and events worldwide. Network World's portfolio of strategic marketing programs provides marketing and agency professionals with the tools to generate high-quality leads, optimize marketing campaigns, and create new revenue opportunities.

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