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Sunbelt W2Knews™ Electronic Newsletter
The secret of those "who always seem to know" - Over 500,000 Readers!
Wed, Oct 2, 2002 (Vol. 7, #64 - Issue #395)
The Real System Tool Winners
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
    • The Real System Tool Winners
    • 2002 Target Award Winners
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The Real System Tool Winners

Welcome to the Fourth Annual Target Awards! This tradition has been very successful, as it provides you with a great shortlist for tools you need. The awards reflect real-world tools, from professional vendors that have proven their product quality, marketing and support are of the highest levels.

The way we put the finalists together was to actually research the market and find which products were used the most in each category. Those became the finalists. Then you voted for your 'faves'. Next the votes were scrubbed and double votes and votes from the IP's of the vendors were deleted. We really tried hard to come up with results as clean and real as possible. We believe that this is a better system than the "write-in" model where anyone can simply propose a tool they like. (The risk with that is that the marketing department of a small obscure outfit can go all-out and make all their customers write in and skew the votes that way).

Sunbelt and W2Knews are happy to provide you with the new crop of the best system management tools in the industry. The winners of the coveted 2002 Target Awards!

Warm regards,
Stu Sjouwerman (email me with feedback: [email protected])


2002 Target Award Winners

Clearwater, FL, October 2, 2002: W2KNews, the world's largest online newsletter dedicated to Windows NT and 2000 issues, announces the winners of the Fourth Annual Target Awards. The Target Awards are given to top Windows NT/2000 utilities in 23 different categories through an online reader poll. Categories include Best Active Directory Management tool, Best Enterprise Security tool, Best Network Traffic Monitor and a number of other areas.

"The Target Awards represents our attempt to highlight real-world, best-of-breed solutions in a number of categories," says Stu Sjouwerman, editor-in-chief of W2Knews. "We congratulate this year's winners and finalists."

2002 W2Knews Target Award Winners Are:

Category Product Developer
Active Directory Management AppManager for AD NetIQ (NASDAQ: NTIQ)
Anti-Virus Tools Norton AV Symantec (NASDAQ: SYMC)
Backup Backup Exec Veritas (NASDAQ: VRTS)
Disk Defragmentation Diskeeper Executive Software
Domain Management Directory and Resource Administrator NetIQ (NASDAQ: NTIQ)
Emergency (Disk) Management ERD Commander Winternals
Enterprise Security Solutions PentaSafe Security Management PentaSafe (just acquired by NetIQ)
Event Log Management / Monitoring ServersAlive WoodStone
Exchange Management Exchange Administrator NetIQ (NASDAQ: NTIQ)
Firewalls Firewall-1 CheckPoint Software (NASDAQ: CHKP)
High Availability / Fault-Tolerance Double-Take NSI Software
Junk Email Management MailMarshal Marshal Software
Network Traffic Monitors Iris eEye
Performance Enhancement AutoPilot Sunbelt Software
Print Management Print Manager Plus SoftwareShelf
Remote Control Sunbelt Remote Admin Sunbelt Software
Scripting / Automation ScriptLogic Inteletek
Security Utilities L0phtCrack @stake
Software Distribution WinInstall OnDemand Software
Storage Management StorageCentral SRM Precise-WQuinn (NASDAQ: PRSE)
System / Application Monitoring AppManager Suite NetIQ (NASDAQ: NTIQ)
User Management Hyena SystemTools.com
Vulnerability Scanners Retina eEye

And here is a link to all the finalists and winners on the Sunbelt website: