What is most valuable?
The management console is pretty good. We have a dashboard that shows us what stuff to log, different malicious links that people are trying to access and also if somebody was trying to connect something to the computer, to a USB port or something like that, and if this person is on the under control management. It shows that he tried and he got blocked. Also, the virus and malware attempts that were trying to attack the computer storage and stuff like that so the console is pretty intuitive, it's pretty user friendly.
Managing the clients themselves, if, for example, I want to have different sites and laws. It's pretty easy to manage the clients and also to move them to different containers. The migration process itself is really easy from office scanning G to Apex One. It's just a few clicks to migrate the clients so the management is pretty good.
What needs improvement?
It works okay. The management console itself looks pretty much like the regular Office Mechanics.
We are looking into different solutions, like SentinelOne and Sophos. We might continue with Apex One, it also depends on budget and pricing.
For how long have I used the solution?
We enabled it a few months ago, but we only moved five to six clients from the office scan from the regular and point protection to Apex One. So far, it has actually resolved as one of the bugs that we had because the regular office scan, a client agent was causing some Windows problems. A lot of Windows systems were crashing, having blue screens. We didn't know what the message share or message said. We tried to analyze it and stuff like that. Eventually, we found out that it was actually because of the OfficeScan agent, the regular agent, and after moving them to Apex One, the blue screens had stopped. This was a good improvement.
We're not sure if we're going to continue with those products or their products or we're going to switch to something else. That's why we stopped the immigration process. If we were going to replace another product, it's not really efficient to waste time on it moving patients and other clients.
What do I think about the stability of the solution?
What do I think about the scalability of the solution?
We're actually a very small team, currently, we're down to three. IT and infrastructure people deal with all of the network issues and all of the management of the systems for our IT systems and products. One guy does help desk and another person and I were managing the systems. It's actually down to two people to manage all of the other stuff like that.
We use it on a daily basis, Monitoring is part of our daily monitoring and schedule. We're going from our different systems, more critical stuff in the morning, for a few hours and then we get to our later tasks and stuff like that.
How are customer service and technical support?
We offer support to the vendor directly. They were at our site two times already during the negotiation with the management.
Based on the latest experience with technical support which was moving from migrating from the IMSDA to the DDI, it was actually pretty good. There was one support guy that worked with over the phone and everything is remote of course and after about two or three hours, all of it was running in production with the new system.
Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?
We previously used Symantec. I was mainly dealing with the end point, installing, and uninstalling it and solving different issues that were involved or problems that were involved due to the Symantec endpoint client, but besides that, I wasn't managing the system.
The main difference between the two is the heaviness that was edited with Symantec on the endpoint client itself and into the client. The agent is pretty heavy on the resources sometimes, the memory specialists and we feel that with Trend, the product is more light on the station, and doesn't consume a lot of resources. That's I think the main issue.
How was the initial setup?
The initial setup was straightforward. We did the migration ourselves.
What other advice do I have?
As a current user of Trend Micro, I would recommend it, it does the job. It works fine and usually stops different virus attempts. The management is really good, you can see everything on the dashboard. If someone downloads some kind of infected file or some malicious file, we can see it and it usually gets blocked automatically.
I would rate Apex One an eight out of ten.
In the next release, I would like to have the ability that if something happens, then we have a record of what exactly has occurred on the station, how it started and how it evolved and eventually, in case something bad happened, something malicious gets through and it wasn't recognized in the signatures and the station got infected so that we can later come and analyze and investigate it and see what exactly happened and learn from it actually for the next time.
Which deployment model are you using for this solution?