Trend Micro Apex One Review

Antivirus and Malware scanning with reporting that allows you to report back with information

What is our primary use case?

The primary use case is for antivirus, and antimalware scans.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable features are reporting and where we have the ability to report back and provide information when an item is quarantined or not quarantined.

What needs improvement?

The CPU usage when scanning stays too high and we have run into bottlenecks where Apex One consumes a lot of CPU cycles. 

The on-premises set up is daunting.

It's been five years of this where they (Microsoft) have two updates a year, sometimes three. By now Trend Micro should have come up with a solution where they don't have us block the updates and wait for them to be fixed.

There are times where Trend applies an update and that update doesn't fully apply. We then have to go in and run a manual VBS file that they have provided to us to do a proper uninstall of the application which is painful to do as we have a huge distributed workforce and many remote users. It isn't always easy to chase down remote users.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using the Trend Micro product line for at least five years. The Apex One is their newest incarnation, which we have been using for the last year.

It seems to be an evolution of their current platform.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I would rate the stability of this solution a seven or seven and a half out of ten. We had several issues where it had crippled user's machines and we had to uninstall and reinstall the application to get it working. We have had to hold Windows updates. I think that it is the fault of the Microsoft deployment strategy. When they release a new feature update you can not deploy it right away. For example, when they go from 1903 to 1909, you have to wait for Trend to apply fixes to the application, otherwise, it won't work.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

It seems to scale quite well. We have no issues from that perspective. We are able to onboard all of our users fairly quickly and them online. That was positive.

We have approximately 400 users in our organization.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have had some challenges where sometimes it takes a while to get a solution.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We have always been using Trend Micro. We followed them through their evolution from OfficeScan to Office XG to Apex One. 

I think with the evolution of Windows 10, and how Microsoft does deployment, it has made using this application a lot more challenging. With the manageability and when Microsoft does an update, we sometimes struggle with the updates because of how they happen. 

The result being that Trend will block or pause an update on the Microsoft side and Trend will release the update. We deploy that update but the machine won't get those fixes and doesn't allow the update to happen, so we have to manually troubleshoot the machines, uninstall the app, and do several things to push the Windows update. We have always been playing a game of whack-a-mole with it. This can be extremely frustrating when you have a small IT team.

How was the initial setup?

Initially, we tried to set up on-premises and there were huge pain points. Trend offered us their cloud solution.

We tried the cloud solution and it seemed to work much better.

The on-premises was daunting to set up, as there were a lot of issues and several challenges. We ended with their hosted solution, which addressed many of our pain points.

We had the cloud solution up and running within a day or so. The cloud solution is far quicker because you don't have to do all of the heavy lifting of installing it on-premises and all of those other features.

We have an IT team with five of us to maintain this solution, but it's generally done by two individuals.

What other advice do I have?

It seems like there is a disconnect between the Trend Micro Team and Microsoft. Microsoft is constantly pushing updates and builds, and there is a delay from the Trend side when updates are released. 

As of now when we start reading that Microsoft's finalizing a build we start scrambling and reading Trend Micro blogs trying to figure out if it supports it.

Every solution has its problems, but It is a solid product. The question becomes one of whether there is value in it for the dollar. Does it do what it needs you to do? Has it been working and providing defense? The answer is yes on those fronts.

They have tried very hard to develop a cohesive product that supports us, that offers the ability to scan for viruses and scan for malware. It doesn't hit everything, but the more that I look at different solutions, no solution is a panacea and a magic bullet, and anyone who tells you there is, is not being truthful.

The question becomes, is the manual work outweighing the value that the solution adds? For us, we can handle the updates but when we started to really have a lot of issues where users, especially now in COVID times, working remotely have their machines crippled by the scans  and taking a long time, chewing up a lot of CPU,  users become frustrated with the solution.  We spent the last two months chasing ghosts and trying to troubleshoot. It was frustrating. 

As the leader of our IT organization, I need to ensure the stability and usability of all systems for all users.

I still think that the product has value, but I've just experienced a lot of pain points to realize that it's becoming cyclical for us, and the pain points are becoming too much.

We are in POCs with other products but we may find that they are just as bad and may stick with Trend.

I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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