Best Voter Comment:
Back in the days of Exchange 5.5, we struggled with bloated stores and were forced to come in on weekends and do defrags. I have to admit that I focused on the store size and didnâ??t pay attention to errors and warnings and worked another weekend to defrag my stores and caused a major corruption. After working with Redmond support I was able to get things live. Then I discovered GOexchange a few years ago before we migrated to Exchange 2003 and now I never worry. Every time we run the product it comes back with new problems that it corrected. I swear by this tool. The support department is awesome too, not outsourced, and theyâ??ll help you get things resolved.

Antispam Solutions for Business
(from the January 2007 Buyerâ??s Guide, InstantDoc ID 94326)

Winner
IronPort Systems C-Series
Email Security Appliance
http://www.ironport.com/products/email_security_appliances.html

Runners-up
Barracuda Networks Barracuda
Spam Firewall 400
http://www.barracudanetworks.com/ns/products/spam_overview.php

Postini Perimeter Manager Enterprise
http://www.postini.com

Change and Configuration Management Tools
(from the August 2006 Buyerâ??s Guide, InstantDoc ID 50620)

Winner
Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003 R2
http://www.microsoft.com/technet/prodtechnol/eval/sms2003/default.mspx

Runners-up
Altiris Client Management Suite
http://www.altiris.com/products/clientmanagementsuite.aspx

HP OpenView Configuration Management Solutions
http://h20229.www2.hp.com/solutions/ascm/index.html

Best Voter Comment:
Iâ??ve been with SMS since 1.2 days (boy, was that hard at times), and am glad that Microsoft finally decided with 2003 that they were going to not only continue the lineage but actually spend some time and resources improving the product. Itâ??s finally reached the stage where we keep wanting more from the product rather than just asking for it to work as promised, so the maturing has come with age (hey, it only took a dozen years).

Exchange Management Software
(from the October 2006 Buyerâ??s Guide, InstantDoc ID 93229)

Winner
Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 Management Pack for MOM 2005
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa996135.aspx

Runners-up
Lucid8 GOexchange
http://www.lucid8.com

PROMODAG Reports for Microsoft
Exchange Server
http://www.promodag.com/products/reports/description.aspx

Host-Based Intrusion Prevention Systems
(from the March 2006 Buyerâ??s Guide, InstantDoc ID 49076

Winner
Symantec Critical System Protection
http://www.symantec.comenterprise/products/overview.jsp?pcid=1322&pvid=928_1

Runners-up
eEye Digital Security Blink Endpoint Vulnerability Prevention
http://www.eeye.com

McAfee Host Intrusion Prevention 6.0
http://www.mcafee.com/us/enterprise/products/host_intrusion_prevention/index.html

iSCSI Storage Arrays
(from the April 2006 Buyerâ??s Guide, InstantDoc ID 49404)

Winner
HP ProLiant Storage Server with iSCSI Feature Pack
http://h18006.www1.hp.com/storage/disk_storage/storage_servers/index.html

Runners-up
Adaptec Snap Server Series
http://www.adaptec.com/en-us/products/iscsi_prod

Dell EMC AX100i
http://www.dell.com

KVM over IP Switches
(from the February 2006 Buyerâ??s Guide, InstantDoc ID 48825)

Winner
Black Box Network Services
ServSwitch Series
http://www.blackbox.com/catalog/category.aspx?cid=537

Runners-up
Avocent DSR Series
http://www.avocent.com/web/en.nsf/content/datacentertable

Raritan Computer Dominion Series
http://www.raritan.com

Light Database Tools
(from the March 2007 Buyer’s Guide, InstantDoc ID 95091)

Winner
Microsoft SQL Server 2005
Express Edition
http://www.microsoft.com/sql/editions/express/default.mspx

Runners-up
Microsoft SQL Server 2005
Compact Edition
http://www.microsoft.com/sql/editions/compact/ssceoverview.mspx

MySQL AB MYSQL 5.0
http://www.mysql.com

Network Monitoring Tools
(from the December 2006 Buyer’s Guide, InstantDoc ID 93841)

Winner
NETIKUS.NET EventSentry
http://www.eventsentry.com

Runners-up
Quest Spotlight on Active Directory
http://www.quest.com/spotlight-on-activedirectory

TNT Software ELM Enterprise Manager
http://www.tntsoftware.com/products/elmenterprisemanager.aspx

SharePoint Antivirus Solutions
(from the July 2006 Buyer’s Guide, InstantDoc ID 50312)

Winner
Symantec AntiVirus 4.3 for Microsoft SharePoint
http://www.symantec.com/en/uk/enterprise/products/overview.jsp?pcid=1008&pvid=829_1

Runners-up
Microsoft Antigen for SharePoint
http://www.microsoft.com/antigen/default.mspx

Trend Micro PortalProtect for SharePoint 1.6
http://us.trendmicro.com/us/products/enterprise/portalprotect/index.html

Two-Factor Authentication Tokens
(from the June 2006 Buyer’s Guide, InstantDoc ID 49938)

Winner
RSA USB Authenticator 6100
http://www.rsa.com

Runners-up
CRYPTOCard UB-1 USB Token
http://www.cryptocard.com/products/crypto%2Dtokens/ub%2D1usbtoken

Entrust USB Tokens
http://www.entrust.com/tokens/index.htm

Best Voter Comment:
I’ve been involved in a few projects incorporating the RSA two-factor authentication products and have always found them a powerful addition to the overall solution. This is especially true in solutions with remote VPN access or email access with Microsoft ISA Server, which includes the RSA agent in the shipped software, allowing for very easy integration. Being the industry leader in two-factor authentication definitely helps in integration projects.

Ultra-Portable Laptops
(from the January 2006 Buyer’s Guide, InstantDoc ID 48496)

Winner
IBM/Lenovo ThinkPad X Series
http://www.lenovo.com

Runners-up
Dell Latitude XI
http://www.dell.com

Sony VAIO T Series Notebook
http://b2b.sony.com/solutions/subcategory/notebooks/t-series

Best Voter Comment:
Now that I’ve had a taste of what IBM/Lenovo delivers, I won’t even think about other vendors’ products without first comparing them to IBM/Lenovo products. I used to be an HP fan, but I’ve found that HP’s support has gone down the drain, and the company doesn’t build the same kind of quality into its products that it has in the past. I had to send in one product six times before HP got it right. I hope others have had better luck.

Essential UPS
(from the May 2006 Buyer’s Guide, InstantDoc ID 49708)

Winner
APC Smart-UPS Series
http://www.apc.com/products/family/index.cfm?id=165

Runners-up
Belkin F6C100, F6C1250, and F6C1500
http://www.belkin.com

Tripp Lite SmartPro Series
http://www.tripplite.com/products/ups/ups_smartpro.cfm

Best Voter Comment:
I’ve used the APC units for over 10 years and always found them very reliable. Other than the batteries eventually failing like all batteries do after 4 to 5 years of continuous use (boy, do they get heavy after lugging them all over the place to replace), my only complaint would be the management software. We use the business edition but find that some of the history graphs for the units are only retained for 24 hours, which isn’t much good when you’re trying to diagnose an intermittent problem.