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Network Infrastructure - 29 Aug 2006

802.11a/b/g/pre-n Wireless AP. Aruba Networks squeaks out a surprise win in this category with its family of small, lightweight, multipurpose Access Points (APs) that meet the needs of any enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN) deployment. Aruba APs include single-and dual-radio 802.11a/b/g models with a variety of fixed and detachable-antenna options. Aruba APs provide converged voice, video, and data connectivity—perfect for campus environments, branch offices, and remote locations. Aruba APs automatically configure themselves across any IP network, allowing easy upgrades when new features, capabilities, or standards emerge, thus increasing their lifespan. These APs are small enough to be securely deployed on walls, in cubicles, on desktops, and in the ceiling.

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Fax Gateway. In this category, Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS) 2003 takes the top spot over its more specialized competitors for the second straight year. Small-to-midsized businesses (SMBs) increasingly need to conduct their business better, faster, and with tighter resources. SBS 2003 provides many technologies and tools to help SMBs become more productive and efficient—including reliable fax functionality. The product's Microsoft Shared Fax Service lets users fax from their desktop any time without the need for multiple telephone lines and spools documents from the client computer to the server. Users can receive faxes through Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services, email, or a printer.

Switch. Looking to establish a strong foundation for easy-to-manage, resilient, intelligent SANs? Check out the QLogic SANbox fibre switches, which edged by big-time competitors Cisco and HP in this category. QLogic switches are interoperable with other Fibre Channel switches from Brocade, Cisco, and McData for easy integration into existing SAN infrastructures. You can implement the switches as standalone units or multistage fabrics. The QLogic SANbox fibre switches also offer a cost-effective way to implement a new SAN, and they feature auto-sensing, self-configuring ports.

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Keyboard/Video/Mouse (KVM) Switch. IOGEAR posts a convincing victory with its Symphony multifunction four-port KVM switch, which lets you use one VGA monitor, USB keyboard, and mouse to control four computers. In addition, the Symphony has a built-in USB 2.0 hub, an Ethernet 10/100 switch, and audio-sharing capabilities. You can share your USB peripherals and transfer data at speeds as fast as 480Mbps. In addition, the audio ports let you connect one set of speakers and a microphone, then share them among your computers. The built-in Ethernet switch lets you easily network and share Internet access. The Symphony is fully compliant with the 802.3 networking standard.

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VoIP Solution. With the convergence of voice and data networks comes new security vulnerabilities. The value of the NetIQ VoIP Security Solution is that it provides security assurance across your IP telephony infrastructure, protecting voice and data environments. The product protects your network from the most worrisome threat scenarios, including Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, viruses, eavesdropping, and toll fraud. It lets you monitor your VoIP environment in real time to detect security threats, correlate and log security events for audits, automate alert notification on possible attacks, and perform forensic reporting to analyze call usage patterns to spot abuse.

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802.11a/b/g/pre-n Wireless Access Point
1st—Aruba Networks Aruba AP Series
2nd—Cisco Aironet Series
3rd—Linksys Wireless-G Series APs

Fax Gateway 1st—Microsoft Small Business Server 2003
2nd—Captaris RightFax
3rd—Castelle FaxPress Premier

Keyboard/Video/ Mouse (KVM) Switch
1st—IOGEAR Miniview Symphony Multi-function 4-Port KVM Switch
2nd—Avocent DS Series KVM Switch
3rd—Tripp Lite NetDirector 16-port Console KVM Switch w/17" LCD

1st—QLogic SANbox Series
2nd—Cisco Catalyst Series
3rd—HP ProCurve Series

VoIP Solution
1st—NetIQ VoIP Security Solution
2nd—Cisco Unified CallManager
3rd—Visualware MyVoIPSpeed PC

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