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Is eTrust Antivirus right for me?

Posted on 2004-09-29
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I'm considering switching from Symantec Corporate edition to CA eTrust Antivirus because it is MUCH cheaper.  We have 5 servers, 400 workstations split up amongst 65 sites.  We are using Merak mail server so I'll be looking to use the SMTP Gateway product.  The pricing for eTrust is less than 1/3 of what we are paying for Symantec currently, so I'm will to give up some "bells and whistles".

What I'm looking for here is feedback (postitive or negative)  from anyone that has experience with eTrust so I can go into this with my eyes open.  The decision will be made tomorrow, so promptness is appreciated.  This is worth 500 points, so there's plenty to go around if several people have comments.
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I'm using both products for my clients, Symantec Corporate Edition (SAVCE) and eTrust AV 6/7. Both of them are good and very powerful products for enterprise networks.

Positive in eTrust AV:
- 2 different engines allow to implement more sophisticated policies
- you can configure different policies (for example for emergency) in advance without being active: If you need one of these policies you only have to assign them to the appropriate group(s). That's much faster and more reliable than changing an existing live configuration.
- very robust
- frequent updates
- in the latest release (eTrust 7.1) there are also reports included

Different in eTrust AV:
- you don't have something like Central Quarantine; quarantine by CA means disabling network access for infected computers
- you don't have push mechanism like VDTM to deploy signatures
- to do a remote install of the antivirus clients you have to launch a separate utility that is included in eTrust AV. But remote install is not included in the admin console.

If you think about changing from SAVCE to eTrust you should think about the knowledge you already have with SAVCE. The GUI and also some features are very different in eTrust. So you will have to learn quite a lot about the new software because you are familiar with SAVCE. SAVCE and eTrust are different but I wouldn't say one of them is better than the other one. For myself I prefer eTrust because of the great policy administration. Microsoft itself is using eTrust to protect the corporate environment. This should prove the scalability of the software.

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