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Draft-N wireless solutions

Draft-N wireless solutions

Which 'Draft-N' wireless networking equipment should you buy? Should you, in fact, buy it at all? We examine the issues, test the kit and come up with the answers.

November 20, 2006 by in Reviews

Citrix XenServer 5

Citrix XenServer 5

Early releases of the Xen hypervisor showed promise but had lots of rough edges. Citrix's XenServer 5, however, is very much a production-class virtualisation solution with features that match, and in some cases exceed, what's available on rival platforms.

November 18, 2008 by in Reviews

ZENworks 11

ZENworks 11

A comprehensive endpoint management suite, ZENworks 11 can manage a mix of Windows and Linux systems from a single console using just one client agent. It takes time to deploy, but once up and running is easy to use.

March 17, 2011 by in Reviews

SpeedTouch 716g

SpeedTouch 716g

Router vendors have been quick to provide support for Voice over IP (VoIP) to enable calls to be made over the Internet by plugging an ordinary phone into the router itself. SpeedTouch is the latest, and its new 716g stands out for several reasons -- not least being support for two phones plus emergency failover to the PSTN (Public Switched Telephone Network).

April 11, 2005 by in Reviews

A guide to desktop management

A guide to desktop management

Desktop (and notebook) PCs present a huge headache for IT managers: looking after hardware and software inventory, configuration, security, patching and software licences, for example, can make serious inroads into the IT budget. We examine the technologies and tools that can make the job easier.

June 26, 2007 by in Reviews

System Center Essentials 2010

System Center Essentials 2010

<p> It's been a couple of years since Microsoft launched <a href="http://reviews.zdnet.co.uk/software/enterpriseapplications/0,1000001813,39290946,00.htm">System Center Essentials 2007</a>, giving mid-sized businesses access to the same system management tools as enterprises in a more affordable and usable format. <a href="http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/ee470676.aspx">System Center Essentials 2010</a> (SCE 2010), which is now available as a <a href="http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/evalcenter/ee470677.aspx">Release Candidate</a>, majors on the ability to manage virtual as well as physical machines. The console interface also gets an overhaul in the new release, and it's designed to be much easier to deploy by the IT generalists who are typically charged with getting it to work. </p>

March 3, 2010 by in Reviews

Belkin N1

Belkin N1

With its bright blue illuminated symbols at the front and three sprouting antennas at the rear, Belkin’s shiny black N1 router is certainly attractive. It also features a built-in 4-port switch for wired LAN connectivity, with a separate network port to attach an ADSL or cable broadband modem.

November 20, 2006 by in Reviews