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By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2005-08-15 Print this article Print

Evaluation Shortlist BMCs Patrol A great performance monitor because it uses agent-based technology, which shifts the management burden onto monitored devices (

Computer Associates Internationals Unicenter Like most higher-end alternatives to Insightix DID Collector, Unicenter provides much better reporting on the status of networked devices (

Hewlett-Packards OpenView Network Node Manager This is the product to use for SNMP-based network monitoring, but polling traffic can create a traffic burden (

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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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