System & Application Management

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2005-04-11 Print this article Print

The intersection of solution and IT need made VMware's VMware ESX Server 2.5 a clear winner in the System & Application Management category.

WINNER VMware Inc.
VMware ESX server 2.5

Few products have helped utilize standard servers more efficiently than VMwares VMware ESX Server 2.5. And few places in IT require more resource optimization than the data center. This intersection of solution and IT need made ESX Server a clear winner in this category.

For a list of all the winners and finalists of the fifth annual eWEEK Excellence Awards, click here.
VMware ESX Server is software that partitions, consolidates and manages systems usually installed in enterprise data centers. ESX Server can decrease IT costs by maximizing server utilization while also increasing server manageability. Data center applications can be consolidated onto fewer and more reliable enterprise-class servers, including blade servers.

VMware ESX Server 2.5 can handle everything from data center disaster recovery to server redeployment. This wide-ranging influence, combined with the technical excellence and clear productivity improvements ESX Server can provide, creates a new IT benchmark.

Additional information about ESX Server is available at


Citrix Systems Inc.
Citrix MetaFrame Presentation Server 3.0

Some applications must be available from anywhere, a tall order for IT departments and a serious technical challenge. Citrixs MetaFrame Presentation Server delivers on this order and extends availability by keeping users connected even when switching from wired to wireless connections.

MetaFrame Presentation Server attained finalist status for the architectural advances that enable IT managers to present applications while also complying with regulations to track application access, as well as for the products useful on-demand licensing for MetaFrame Presentation Server access.

More information is available at

NetIQ Corp.
AppManager Suite 6.0

Accurately monitoring and reporting on application service levels —while simultaneously placing the lowest possible administrative burden on IT personnel—are hallmarks of AppManager Suite 6.0 from NetIQ (

AppManager Suite, a high-performance management system, tracks service-level performance in Windows, Unix and Linux environments.

AppManager Suites superior technical base allowed it to shine in the Excellence competition. NetIQs expertise in the management arena is reflected in AppManager Suites uncanny ability to gather information from diverse servers, operating systems and applications and neatly distill the resulting mountain of information into bottom-line views that show the root cause of service problems.

Excellence Awards Winners and Finalists:
  • Analytics & Reporting
  • Application Development
  • Business Integration Systems
  • Business Relationship Management
  • Desktop & Mobile Hardware
  • E-Business Foundations
  • E-Mail Management & Security
  • Enterprise Collaboration & Messaging
  • Enterprise Storage Hardware
  • Enterprise Storage Software
  • IT Quality Assurance Tools
  • Productivity Applications
  • Server Hardware
  • Networking & Management Tools
  • Networking Infrastructure
  • System & Application Management
  • Authentication & User Management
  • Network Data-Stream Protection
  • Vulnerability Assessment & Remediation
    Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . 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. 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 analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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