The Sybari Antigen suite consists of components that cover Exchange, SharePoint and Domino, the first of which was submitted for this Group Test. The software includes the Central and Quarantine Managers and Job Scheduler.
F-Secure's offering includes several components: a Policy Manager (the hub of the suite), an Anti-Virus Management Wizard and the Policy Manager Reporting Option.
The Gordano Message Suite is not an anti-virus solution per se, it is a complete web-based messaging system with email, instant messaging, calendar feature and message filtering. The whole lot is managed from a central web console which is clean and consistent, with the exception of a Windows utility to add users to the database.
The LANDesk Management Suite, previously owned by Intel, is the only product in this Group Test which is not in fact an anti-virus solution at all. It offers network management and software deployment, which is basically what anti-virus management is all about anyway.
McAfee is one of the best-known names in anti-virus, and we expected impressive results from testing ePolicy Orchestrator 2.5. The product is capable of managing several anti-virus solutions, including McAfee's own and Symantec's Norton, with support for others in the pipeline. Although policies for separate products are configured individually, the integrated management interface will immediately be useful to large enterprises with multiple anti-virus solutions.
Sophos sent us the Sophos Enterprise Manager suite, which really consists of two components. SAVAdmin controls client activities, and the Enterprise Manager collects updates and software packages for deployment.
The Trend Micro Control Manager is designed to manage Trend Micro's many and varied anti-virus products. This is another company which has made strong moves into Unix platforms, with products for Linux, Solaris and HPUX.
ViRobot is a lesser-known anti-virus solution from Korean developer Global HAURI. It is not really a newcomer - it has been in the market since 1998 - but it has taken until recent times to really start to make a mark in Western markets.
An anti-virus solution may be highly effective, but unless it can be properly managed, it will not be possible to protect an enterprise completely. By Jon Tullett