CMP Media Launches Independent Testing Services Powered by Network Computing Labs

Oct 5, 2004

CMP Media LLC is proud to announce Independent Testing Services powered by Network Computing Labs™ (ITS), a third-party independent testing service that leverages the real-world expertise, credibility and commitment to quality that Network Computing embodies. ITS' mission is to provide technology vendors a respected and objective third-party testing service that delivers impartial assessment of product, technology and services that go beyond the marketing hype.

"Other organizations have been in the third-party testing space for some time, however, we think there is a need to offer our vendor and reader customers a testing product that would really stand up to industry scrutiny" said Fritz Nelson, Vice President and Group Publisher of Network Computing Enterprise Architecture Group. "We're not the first to market with this service; nevertheless with our years of critical product analysis and evaluations through our Network Computing Labs, we think we have plenty to share with organizations as they evaluate the products and technologies that play such a critical role in running their businesses."

ITS' first offering is a vendor-focused validation testing report, which is unlike most other independent testing in that ITS validates both the claim and the testing methodology. "Validating the claim is only half the story. What's so independent about paying a testing house to perform a vendor- engineered test? While the claim or business value of a particular product feature is important, we feel without owning both the test results and method of testing, you are still left with nothing more than third-party marketing" continued Nelson.

To date, ITS has completed one validation testing engagement with ForeScout Technologies, Inc. and has two others will be completed in the upcoming months. "ForeScout's experience with ITS was so very positive. The testing of WormScout was very thorough and the lab environment was comprehensive," said Oded Comay, CTO of ForeScout Technologies. "In addition, the staff at ITS strove to maintain objectivity throughout the process to ensure that the test results would have even more credibility."

Network Computing is excited to be able to provide a truly independent validation service under the ITS brand. The ability to leverage Network Computing's brand loyalty and unbiased approach to Real-World product testing and analysis is a boon for the industry. Look for other testing services under the "powered by Network Computing Labs" brand in the future.

About Independent Testing Services

Independent Testing Services powered by Network Computing Labs™ (ITS) offers a credible and well-respected third-party validation of vendors' product feature claims. The expert practitioners at ITS draw upon their vast experience and expertise to craft test plans with the same care and attention to real-world relevance as found in the pages of Network Computing . For more information about our testing services, please visit us at

About CMP Media

CMP Media LLC ( is a leading integrated media company providing essential information and marketing services to the entire technology spectrum-the builders, sellers and users of technology worldwide. Capitalizing on its editorial strength, CMP is uniquely positioned to offer marketers comprehensive, integrated media solutions tailored to meet their individual needs. Its diverse products and services include newspapers, magazines, Internet products, research, direct marketing services, education and training, trade shows and conferences and custom publishing.

   Kevin Cooke
   Independent Testing Services


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