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NETWORK WORLD REMAINS ABREAST OF NETWORKING COMMUNITY THROUGH COMPREHENSIVE OSPF PROTOCOL AND ANNUAL BUDGET SURVEY

 NETWORK WORLD REMAINS ABREAST OF NETWORKING COMMUNITY
 THROUGH COMPREHENSIVE OSPF PROTOCOL AND ANNUAL BUDGET SURVEY
 FRAMINGHAM, Mass., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Network World today released


the findings of the first-ever independent test of an important interoperability standard for router-based networks. The publication also revealed the results of its annual network budget survey in the Sept. 21 issue.
 Working with consultant Scott Bradner of Harvard University's Office of Information Technology in Cambridge, Mass., Network World tested equipment from nearly a dozen major vendors for interoperability using the Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) protocol.
 The protocol was developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force as a way to allow diverse routers to work together across a multivendor network. Routers are used to interconnect local-area networks and have rapidly become key building blocks of enterprise information networks.
 Network World's OSPF test, performed at Harvard's Network Device Test Lab, showed how OSPF performed in a real-world environment and provided buyers of network equipment with valuable insights into this vital inoperability standard.
 "Internetworking vendors have embraced OSPT as a sign of their commitment to open networking, so we decided to put the protocol to the test in a tough network configuration," said John Gallant, editor of Network World. "This was a pioneering effort that required a lot of cooperation on the part of our staff, Scott Bradner and the vendors."
 In the test, 19 routers from 11 vendors interoperated using OSPF over Ethernet, token-ring and Fiber Distributed Data Interface LANs.
 Participating vendors were: Advanced Computer Communications, Ascom Timeplex, Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., Gandalf Technologies, Inc., Hewlett-Packatd, Co., Penril DataCom Networks, Proteon, Inc., 3Com Corp., Vitalink/Network Systems Corp., Wellfleet Communications, Inc., and Xyplex, Inc.
 Separately, Network World's 1992 Annual Budget Survey examines the impact current budget decisions will have on network operations next year.
 Based on responses from more than 300 network managers at major U.S. corporations, the survey shows how network managers are shaping their buying plans for 1993, and breaks down planned spending on equipment, services and staffing, among other things.
 "The survey really points out some changes in network managers' fiscal thinking over the last year," said Charles Bruno, features editor of Network World. "Some of the results are quite surprising."
 In addition to direct questions about budgets, the survey asked about capital expenditures, organizational structure and to what extent the economy is delaying projects or cutting payback periods.
 The budget survey provides a perspective on what industries will fare best in these recessionary times.
 Net work World, established in 1986, is the national newspaper of enterprise network strategies. Network World is the fastest growing newsweekly in the networking market, providing information on network products and services including managing the enterprise network for corporate competitive advantage. Network World is published by Network World, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG).
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