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Edge IP 2.0

USABILITY

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CAPABILITY

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PERFORMANCE

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INTEROPERABILITY

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MANAGEABILITY

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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