Chariot VOIP Assessor 1
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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.
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; www.netiq.com
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.