Edge IP 2

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-11-05 Print this article Print

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Threshold Networks Edge IP upgrade does two things very well: It hands out IP addresses and keeps track of machine names. The turnkey appliances new WINS support will help IT managers in large organizations get a handle on IP configuration chores for older network equipment, but they will pay a hefty premium for this help.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Edge IP will immediately consolidate and streamline IP address distribution and DNS maintenance because both operations are tightly connected in the appliance. To get redundancy, however, managers must buy two units, which could dent Edge IPs appeal.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Edge IP should reduce network operation costs over the long haul by consistently lowering the administrative overhead of dealing with IP addresses and DNS issues.

PROS: Simple-to-use, turnkey appliance; supports WINS.

CONS: No DHCP redundancy; pricey.

Threshold Networks Inc., Bothell, Wash.; (425) 939-2300; www.thresholdnetworks.com

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 csturdevant@eweek.com.

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