General and deployment

This standalone solution took a couple of hours to deploy. The installation software installed the necessary components, including a database on a Windows server. After that, we used the local network to install the agents on terminals. The solution supports 77 applications, including all of the 7 important ones.

Languard is a solution focusing on information security; you could even call it a vulnerability scanner. Patch management fits in nicely in this mix. You can also install and patch business applications with the product, as well as manage Microsoft updates.

Information security and vulnerability management

The solution didn’t have the possibility of verifying the origin of the update packages, and it did not keep an admin action log. You could have expected a bit more on vulnerabilities, as identifying them is basically the solution’s whole point. The product didn’t have vulnerability alerts, and it didn’t use CVSS scoring.

Deployment and installation of application updates

The solution had very basic update installation. There was nothing really innovative about group management or targeting different policies on different groups. The product offered some options related to end-user notifications and terminal restarts.

Inventory and update verification

Inventory included everything you need for efficient application updates. The solution has wide reporting options when it comes to terminal information security, but very limited ones for application updates.

Capacity for best corporate practices

When it comes to application features and applying them to corporate needs, GFI Languard is like most of the compared solutions. Application installation is silent and centralized installation possible, but that’s about all there is.

Comparison to CSM products

  • GFI Languard is a standalone product, and a comprehensive information security tool for a house network. Of course, it needs its own server to work.
  • It didn’t take us long to notice that update management is just one of the product’s features, meaning it’s clearly lacking some attention. User interface and operating models seemed a bit outdated.
  • As a standalone, on-premises solution, GFI Languard doesn’t have an exact equivalent in the CSM product family. However, the integration products are an alternative way for update management. All in all, CSM stands out for its easy deployment and its ability to deliver high-quality application packages that meet the corporate standards.

Summary on the Compared Features

  • Solution type: Standalone on-premises-solutions
  • Number of supported applications: 77

Scoring

  • Supported applications: 2.00/4.00
  • Pricing, versatility, and infrastructure: 1.14/4.00
  • General features and test use: 2.40/4.00
  • Information security: 1.20/4.00
  • Vulnerability management: 1.20/4.00
  • Inventory and evaluation: 2.00/4.00
  • Restart management: 1.60/4.00
  • Setting management: 3.20/4.00
  • Setting adjustments: 1.50/4.00
  • Update verification: 2.50/4.00
  • Capacity for corporate practices: 1.60/4.00
  • Solution deployment: 2.00/4.00

Pricing

  • Price per year for smaller companies: € 33,600
  • Price per year for larger companies: € 240,000

In the next post of the blog series we’ll see how IBM BigFix did in the comparison.

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