Chariot VOIP Assessor 1

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-12-10 Print this article Print

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NetIQs first-generation tool is useful for determining if an organizations data network is up to the task of supporting a voice deployment. Using end points and test traffic, VoIP Assessor takes measurements and then generates reports that predict likely voice quality and any trouble spots with reasonable accuracy.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // VoIP Assessor will quickly answer many questions about the effect of implementing a voice system. However, installation and setup will take considerable effort, which should be factored into the deployment cost.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Enterprises should continue to benefit from using the tool as long as VOIP projects continue. Even after initial deployments are in place, the product can be useful in determining networks ability to support future growth.

PROS: Accurately measures a variety of factors to diagnose possible VOIP problems.

CONS: Doesnt emulate real-world traffic; designs are time-consuming to populate.

NetIQ Corp., San Jose, Calif.; (408) 856-300;

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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