The Tolly Group - Company Background

The company was founded by Kevin Tolly in 1989 to provide hands-on evaluation and certification of Information Technology products and services.

The Tolly Group enjoys a unique position in the information technology sector. As the premier provider of third-party validation services and independent testing, Tolly has worked with virtually every major vendor and evaluated the most important products and technologies to appear over the past decade. And in many cases, The Tolly Group has tested these solutions not once but many times, tracking products as they evolve and markets as they mature.

The Tolly Group is positioned to certify vendor solutions and thereby provide evidence that their products meet or exceed marketing claims. This proof-of-performance and/or features/functions lets customers know they can buy with confidence. Furthermore, custom testing enables vendors to verify a specific feature or function or commission a comprehensive evaluation. Either way, clients receive the assurance they need to aggressively market products without worrying about problems that otherwise may stall rollouts and tarnish reputations.

Leaders in Cloud, SaaS and Virtualization Validation & Benchmarking

Tolly is very active in validation feature/function, TCO and performance capabilities for SAAS, virtualized, and cloud-based solutions. Project work in this area includes solutions from a range of prominent vendors including: AVG, Infoblox, Dimension Data, Kaspersky, IBM, McAfee, Symantec, Trend Micro.

Leaders in Networking Infrastructure (Wired, Wi-Fi, security) Validation & Benchmarking

Tolly got its start benchmarking LAN switches, WAN routers, firewalls and other key elements of network infrastructure. That work has continued to this day as Tolly works with leading vendors to benchmark networking capabilites of the latest wired, wireless and security infrastructure with vendors including: Dell Technologies, SonicWall, Huawei, ADTRAN, New H3C, Ruijie Networks, Cambium Networks, Samsung, Keysight, Xena Netowrks, Spirent Communications, and Apposite Technologies.

This working knowledge of products and technologies puts The Tolly Group in a class by itself. Its strategic recommendations are always based on first-hand experience, rather than abstract trend analysis or simple customer surveys. That explains why leading vendors and startups alike rely on The Tolly Group for product strategies, custom testing, and independent certification.

World-Class Base of Vendor Clients: Large & Small

Clients include Avaya, Broadcom, Oracle, VMware, Keysight, Huawei, Infoblox, Proofpoint, 8x8, Citrix Systems, SonicWall, NETGEAR, Cambium Networks, Apposite Technologies, Cisco Systems, Microsoft, IBM, Intel, New H3C, Ruijie, Hughes Network Systems, Alcatel-Lucent, Linksys, Dell, VMware, NVIDIA, Spirent, Cubro, SlashNext, GreatHorn, Trend Micro and HPE. Our client list is a veritable Who's Who among information technology suppliers. As noted, The Tolly Group prides itself on working with IT start-ups as well. Many companies that are now household names first came to prominence by proving their claims through Tolly testing.

Fortune 1,000 companies and government agencies worldwide look to The Tolly Group for a wide range of services, including proof-of-concept testing and network planning.

Global Client Base & Global Audience

Tolly is based in the US but is present on the world stage. Tolly actively works with vendors based in the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Austria, Denmark, China, Korea, Denmark, Israel, Sweden, India, France, and Iceland.

IT professionals from 100+ countries subscribe to our Tolly reports directly from our website while countless others read the reports distributed via our vendor client channels.

Some Tolly reports can be found localized in Chinese, Spanish, Dutch, French, Italian, Swedish, Portuguese, Russian, and Thai.



"Over 65% of Fortune 100 Companies turn to Tolly Reports to assist in strategic technology decisions." Source: Analysis of Tolly Test Report downloads


Trade Press Opinion, Articles and Feature Stories

In over three decades, The Tolly Group has published hundreds of independent tests, technology articles, and opinion pieces in leading business and trade publications. This high profile and unparalleled publishing record explains why The Tolly Group is viewed as an unimpeachable source by current and past editors at Tech Target, TMCNet, Business Week, Computerworld, Information Week, Internet Week, Network World and VAR Business among others.