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Panda Antivirus Enterprise Suite keeps those viruses at bay.

Today’s networks and systems are simply plagued with malware. Viruses, Trojans, worms and all kinds of nasty critters are just itching to make your life trouble. As a systems administrator, you really need to focus on getting an adequate level of protection on all the systems across your enterprise. That’s been the hard part, but Panda’s Antivirus Enterprise Suite makes it easy.

As a user and deployer of quite a few corporate and enterprise-wide, anti-virus solutions, I found that Panda had a lot to offer. Panda’s Antivirus Enterprise Suite is a centrally managed solution that automatically deploys and updates signatures on your enterprise servers and workstations. It is—simply enough—a well-made product.

In my test lab, I worked with the product extensively. I installed it on a file and application server to which I added viruses, and the Panda Antivirus Enterprise Suite caught them all. The figure shows a listing of the various viruses this tool discovered.

Out of the box, Panda Antivirus Enterprise Suite is a powerhouse when it comes to finding bugs. I hadn’t even updated the signatures, yet it quickly found the Trojans I put all over my test server. Back Orifice was grabbed up immediately, as well as 14 other nasty tools I set up. I also placed a few JavaScript exploits in some obscure directories and Panda found them all.

So what’s so great about this product? I think any product that offers automatic deployment and daily updated definitions is a winner. It can be tedious to update anti-virus software every day, especially when a new scare pops up about a new virus. I thought that Panda was a winner in this category.

I wasn’t thrilled with the speed, although I’m not saying any other package is much faster. If you have a large environment (which I simulated with 10 servers), it takes a little while to start up because of the way Panda enumerates its servers. I determined mathematically that if I multiplied my test scenario by 10 (a total of 100 servers), the startup wouldn’t be quick; but for a product of this caliber, this really isn’t an issue.

Panda Antivirus Enterprise Suite
Panda’s Antivirus Enterprise Suite quickly catches a variety of viruses. (Click image to view larger version.)

The other item of interest is the Panda Administrator. This is the centralized console where you can manage all deployment tasks, allowing you to deploy anti-virus software to client workstations and servers almost effortlessly.

In sum, I really liked this product. Anyone looking at deploying an enterprise-wide, anti-virus solution should get a Panda Antivirus evaluation kit and try it out. It’s truly a worthwhile product with low maintenance and few headaches that provides the virus-free peace of mind you want and deserve.

About the Author

Robert J. Shimonski, MCSE, MCP+I, CCDP, CCNP, NNCSS, Master CNE, is a lead network and security engineer for a major manufacturing firm and part-time technical instructor. Robert's specialties include network infrastructure design with multiple technologies and developing a host of Web-based solutions for companies securing their markets on the Web. Robert has also contributed hundreds of articles and study guides to Web sites and organizations worldwide, including Cramsession.com. He just finished co-authoring titles on Windows XP Pro and BizTalk Server 2000.

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