Top Performance Testing Tools – 2016 Edition

Here at IT Central Station, we offer a crowdsourced platform that allows real users to share their opinions about tech products with the rest of the enterprise tech community. We have compiled over 60,000 views of the top Performance Testing Tools tools by real users in 2015 and analyzed their trends in the infographic below. All of our data is based on actual behavior of real users researching and comparing vendors on IT Central Station.

A Performance Testing Tool is software used by companies to make the testing process of their product more efficient and effective. In today’s globalized, connected and competitive environment, sub-optimal software performance can be a critical constraint for many organizations. Performance lags with live applications can disrupt not only customer operations, but also impact business productivity and impair credibility. Thus, the right performance testing tool must be able to mitigate the risks of application failure in live environments. By mimicking the runtime behavior of applications and their supporting infrastructure, performance testing tools can best allow your organization to utilize its resources post-deployment.

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If you have any questions regarding our research or would like to read our reviews, please visit our Performance Testing Tools page on IT Central Station at https://www.itcentralstation.com/categories/performance-testing-tools#top_rated.

Top APM Tools – 2016 Edition

Application Performance Management (APM) is a way for companies to monitor and manage their software applications and performance. It is a critical function managed by DevOps, IT operations, application teams, developers, support teams, business managers, and other application professionals.

Here at IT Central Station, we offer a crowdsourced platform that allows real users to share their opinions about tech products with the rest of the enterprise tech community. We have compiled over 95,000 views of the top APM tools by real users in 2015 and analyzed their trends in the infographic below. All of our data is based on actual behavior of real users researching and comparing APM vendors on IT Central Station.

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If you have any questions regarding our research or would like to read our reviews, please visit our APM section on IT Central Station at https://www.itcentralstation.com/categories/application-performance-management#top_rated.

Want to learn more about the top APM solutions on the market? Watch our recorded PeerPanel Webinar – APM Solutions: A User Perspective Roundtable.

Top Enterprise Flash Array Storage – 2016 Edition

According to the IT Central Station community, the most important criteria when choosing an enterprise flash array storage is simply the speed and flexibility it offers your organization.   All-flash storage options may differ on capacity, drive type, networking options and features, but each option should be individually evaluated to the needs of your company. The trick is to find the right array with the highest performance yet lowest cost.

Here at IT Central Station, we offer a crowdsourced platform that allows real users to share their opinions about tech products with the rest of the enterprise tech community. We have compiled over 46,000 views of the top enterprise flash array storage vendors by real users in 2015 and analyzed their trends in the infographic below. All of our data is based on actual behavior of real users researching and comparing vendors on IT Central Station.

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If you have any questions regarding our research or would like to read our reviews, please visit our Enterprise Flash Array Storage page on IT Central Station at https://www.itcentralstation.com/categories/enterprise-flash-array-storage#top_rated.

Roundup of Latest Reviews: Solarwinds NPM (Network Monitoring Tools)

IT Central Station covers a gamut of technology products and services that are used every day to power the business of Fortune 1000 and Global 2000 enterprises. In today’s post, we’ll give you a taste of one of the latest reviews that have come in for Solarwinds Orion, one of the many network monitoring tools listed on IT Central Station. Here are a few highlights:

  • User anon375, who is on the network team at a retailer says NPM is “the most efficient Network Performance Monitor with its sniffing, alerting system, and fault discovery.”
  • User mgrntwrk381 who is a network manager at a healthcare company says Orion’s “resource utilization is heavy so you need to analyze the server before using it for multiple roles. We are unable to use web console to configure new alerts.”
  • User teenajain who is IT Director at a company with 1-500 employees gives it 4 stars but says one of its limitations is “building out a dependency structure.”
  • User network185 who is a networking expert at a company with 1-500 employees  says it is “quick to get up and running, but not as granular out-of-the-box as you would expect.”

On IT Central Station, you can read the full reviews of NPM by Solarwinds, and other network monitoring tools including Wireshark, OPNET, CA NetQoS Performance Center, Cisco Data Center Network Manager, Entuity, HP Network Management Center, InfoVista VistaInsight, ManageEngine OpManager, Microsoft Network Monitor and others.

These are the opinions of real users – not vendors, analysts, consultants or bloggers. IT Central Station protects the privacy of its user community–we validate that the reviewers are real users of the products, but the reviews are posted without personally identifiable information so that users can say what they really think and be heard.

These are just a sample of the many fine reviews you’ll find on IT Central Station. If you haven’t already sign up and browse reviews and write your own review.

Top BI Comparisons of 2015

The 2015 year definitely shined on many vendors who provide business intelligence (BI) software and solutions to most fortune 500 and 100 enterprises.Graph

The following list shows us the top BI vendor comparisons for 2015 with the most activity on IT Central Station—what users are talking about, reviewing, recommending, and of course providing some constructive criticism:

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These awesome comparisons are product of crowd-sourced social media at the IT vendor enterprise level. Just as Yelp, TripAdvisor, Glassdoor and other mainstream social community sites do, IT Central Station provides the real-user perspective that is not laced with vendor marketing spin.

Vendors are definitely key participants on the site but they have been identified and disclosed and all real users have been verified through LinkedIn so there’s no hanky panky on the review pages.

You can play a role in what’s going on with BI vendors:

Be a part of what the Wall Street Journal calls the “Yelp for Enterprise IT.”

Top Backup Solutions – 2015 Edition

In any modern company, accidents happen. Hard drives become corrupted, viruses wipe out software, files get lost. Backup solutions create copies on local drives or media, disk imaging software creates a snapshot of your entire drive, and online backup services automate uploading your data to secure off-site storage. According to the IT Central Station community, the most important criteria for choosing a backup solution include short backup windows, ease-of-recovery, storage consent, and role-based access management. Other key features include having a high level of recovery options, flexibility to choose storage media based on corporate needs, and the ability to see the average of daily or weekly changes in the data.

Here at IT Central Station, we offer a crowdsourced platform that allows real users to share their opinions about tech products with the rest of the enterprise tech community. We have compiled over 62,000 views of the top backup solutions by real users in 2014 and the first half of 2015 and analyzed their trends in the infographic below. All of our data is based on actual behavior of real users researching and comparing backup solution vendors on IT Central Station.

backup-ver1If you have any questions regarding our research or would like to read our reviews, please visit our backup solutions section on IT Central Station at http://www.itcentralstation.com/category/backup-solutions/top.

To download our comprehensive report on all backup solutions, check out http://www.itcentralstation.com/landing/report-backup-solutions.

Top Network Performance Monitoring Tools – 2015 Edition

Network Performance Monitoring is a way for companies to optimize their system’s performance through monitoring network traffic and resource utilization. According to the IT Central Station community, the most important buying criteria for buying software are functions such as packet loss, latency, jitter, downtime, interoperability with the largest amount of vendor devices possible, performance and behavior of the application. The ability to customize the monitoring and presentation of the data are key but the software should have an easy to view default dashboard.

Here at IT Central Station, we offer a crowdsourced platform that allows real users to share their opinions about tech products with the rest of the enterprise tech community. We have compiled over 70,000 views of the top Network Performance Monitoring tools by real users in 2014 and analyzed their trends in the infographic below. The infographic is weighted based on the the following categories (see chart key below). All of our data is based on actual behavior of real users researching and reviewing Network Performance Monitoring vendors on IT Central Station.

If you have any questions regarding our research or would like to read our reviews, please visit our Network Performance monitoring section on IT Central Station at http://www.itcentralstation.com/category/network-performance-monitoring.

Download our infographic in PDF format.

Announcing the New Trending Feature Based on Crowdsourced Data

The team here at IT Central Station is excited to introduce this new trending functionality.  It is based on crowdsourced data collected from our website and the product’s total ranking is based on a weighted aggregate ranking of its views, comparisons, reviews, followers, and average rating. Our community of enterprise tech users have been asking us for trending data for a while now and it’s great to be able to deliver it to them.

On every category page upward and downward trending products can be viewed by way of up/down arrows located next to the vendor logo. If a product is trending up or down, it means that, within the last 3 months, it has recently moved up or down the chart for the Top Products in that category. A double arrow means it’s moving quickly.

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To view a real-time example of this feature, click here to see how Firewall tools are trending. FireEye, for instance, has moved significantly up in the ranking, whereas, pfSense, Cyberoam UTM, and Palo Alto Networks WildFire have moved downwards.

Individual scores for the top rated Firewall tools can be seen below:

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“IT Central Station is an invaluable source to get opinions from other enterprise users in a trusted environment,” said Warren Kudman, who serves on the Advisory Board of IT Central Station and is Chief Information Officer at Turner Construction Company, one of the largest construction management companies in the United States, “The trending tool, in addition to the validated product reviews and peer connections, will help users make technology purchasing decisions.”

Russell Rothstein, Co-Founder and CEO of IT Central Station, added, “Our community of enterprise tech users have been asking us for trending data for a while now and it’s exciting to be able to deliver it to them.”

 

Top APM Tools

Application Performance Management (APM) is a way for companies to monitor and manage their software applications and performance. It is a critical function managed by DevOps, IT operations, application teams, developers, support teams, business managers, and other application professionals.

Here at IT Central Station, we offer a crowdsourced platform that allows real users to share their opinions about tech products with the rest of the enterprise tech community. We have compiled over 70,000 views of the top APM tools by real users in the past year and analyzed their trends in the infographic below. All of our data is based on actual behavior of real users researching and comparing APM vendors on IT Central Station.

See all APM reviews here.

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The most compared APM solutions for the first half of the year was CA APM v. New Relic with 774 comparisons by real users, while the most compared for the second half of the year was Appdynamics v. Dynatrace with 730. The most compared APM solutions of all of 2014 were Dynatrace v. New Relic, with over 1,127 comparisons on IT Central Station.

If you have any questions regarding our research or would like to read our reviews, please visit our APM section on IT Central Station at http://www.itcentralstation.com/category/application-performance-management.

Want to learn more about the top APM solutions on the market? Watch our recorded PeerPanel Webinar – APM Solutions: A User Perspective Roundtable.

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