NetRule 4

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-07-02 Print this article Print

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For IT managers who face the dilemma of a shrinking IT budget and a growing demand to add more bandwidth, Analytical Engines updated network performance simulation tool is worth a look. NetRule can help prove the effectiveness of a range of solutions, enabling managers to confidently choose a workable, cost-effective plan.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // NetRule should do away with the caprice that characterizes far too many network build solutions by replacing budget-bargaining, professional-opinion-based designs with technically based plans that are more likely to meet business needs.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // The longer its used, the more effective network expansion becomes, ensuring that infrastructure investments fully support organizational computing needs.

Produces simulation results quickly; serves as a good network design tool.

Lacks tool to import content from inventory packages; configuring simulation runs can be difficult.

Analytical Engines Inc., McLean, Va.; (703) 287-8720;

Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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