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August 2005

Proving Grounds

EXPOSE Test labs are the ideal place to check theory against reality. Infrastructure Via eBay It's nice to buy new, but nothing matches the thrill of getting a $50,000 VPN concentrator for $72.47 (shipping included) on eBay. eBay has a world of problems: You can't get quantities; prices are unpredictable; and quality is haphazard. But, if you're not in a hurry and are willing to wait for the right item, eBay can save you up to 90 percent on test lab equipment. Volumes have been written about how to get the best deals on eBay, but buying for a test lab is different. Avoid premium-priced brands and look for equivalent products. Cisco Systems gets a premium for its products because of its technical and maintenance support, the assurance of a top-tier vendor and its commitment to supporting even the oldest gear. But none of that is important in a test lab. If you need a LAN-switching infrastructure, buy Extreme Networks gear instead. A used Cisco 2948G costs between $750 and $1,000, but the Extreme Summit 48, with essentially ...

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Features in this issue

  • A Safe Bet?

    Network anomaly detection is the newest player at the security table.

  • Proving Grounds

    Test labs are the ideal place to check theory against reality.

  • Boot Camp

    Whip your users into shape with security awareness training.

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