Executive Summary

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2002-12-09 Print this article Print

: Vivinet Assessor 2.0"> Executive Summary: Vivinet Assessor 2.0

Usability Excellent
Capability Good
Performance Good
Interoperability Fair
Manageability Excellent
Scalability Good
Security N/A
Vivinet Assessor 2.0 is a VOIP pre-deployment tool that does a thorough job of determining whether a data network can handle the addition of voice traffic. The product includes a labor-saving network device discovery process and determines the current use of each network device, which significantly adds to the products accuracy in calculating the amount of bandwidth necessary to successfully deploy a VOIP product. Vivinet also comes with myriad executive- and technical-level reports and a price thats $2,000 lower than last years version.


NetIQ has done a good job of taking the labor out of setting up Vivinet Assessor, and that means upfront configuration costs—one of the biggest issues in using the product—are significantly reduced. NetIQ also dropped the retail price to $12,000 and dumped its vexing tiered pricing scheme.

(+) More precise predictions based on more accurate network inventory and utilization; comprehensive reports.

(-) Cisco-oriented focus means less substantial reporting for networks with a mix of networking gear.

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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 csturdevant@eweek.com.

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