General and Deployment

The tests were run on one free solution as well. It appears Itarian is a part of Comodo ONE’s comprehensive RMM (Remote Monitoring and Management) solution. Comodo was included in one of the previous comparisons as well, and the idea was the same back then: it offers the basic functionalities for free, and then charges for additional components and features. There was no information available on the additional features’ prices.

The number of supported applications was the highest in the solutions compared: 368 applications. In addition, the solution supports all of the most important applications that might need updating. Itarian Patch Management is a cloud-based solution, meaning it doesn’t need any local infrastructure. The deployment was easy, but for some reason the system wasn’t ready for use until the next morning.

The solution is clearly a more comprehensive RMM product and not limited to patch management. You can also use it to patch business applications and manage Microsoft updates.

Information security and Vulnerability Management

Itarian’s information security features were rather basic. The action log works like a charm and lets you monitor the admins’ actions, and as such, deserves a special mention.

When it comes to vulnerability management, the solution was quite basic. In other words, it can search for vulnerabilities based on inventory data and categorize the vulnerabilities based on their criticality.

Distribution and installation of application updates

During testing, the application updates seemed to work. It was interesting to see the solution can update applications to a specific version. With Itarian you can also configure restart and end-user notifications.

Inventory and Update Verification

Reporting was clearly the weakest area for Itarian. The solution does have some endpoint management reports, but nothing related to patch or vulnerability management. This means you’d have to dig around the inventory for the information needed. The inventory information was sufficient and included devices, applications, and application versions.

Capacity for best corporate practices

Itarian uses the providers’ default packages for applications, meaning you can’t configure parameters for the applications. Luckily the application updates were silent, and you could deploy the solution’s agents via network in a centralized manner.

Comparison to CSM products

  • Itarian is Comodo ONE’s new brand name. It’s not just a patch management product, but more like a modular endpoint management solution.
  • It’s a cloud-based solution that needs an agent application installed on the managed endpoints.
  • From the CSM product family, CSM for Intune comes closest to Itarian. Both are based on a more comprehensive endpoint management solution, with an update management integration. Itarian also has a specific patch management module you can configure and switch on.
  • The products differ in update installation. Itarian recognizes old application versions and updates them, whereas CSM installs the latest versions according to an agreed-on schedule and your preferred model. In addition, CSM For Intune doesn’t need additional agent software but works using an MDM interface built in Windows 10.

Summary on the Compared Features

  • Solution type: Cloud-based, agent solutions
  • Number of supported applications: 368

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: 2.00/4.00
  • 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: 1.00/4.00
  • Update verification: 1.00/4.00
  • Capacity for corporate practices: 1.60/4.00
  • Solution deployment: 1.33/4.00

Pricing

  • Price per year for smaller companies: free
  • Price per year for larger companies: free

In the next post of the blog series we’ll see how Automox Patch Management did in the comparison.

For detailed information on the comparison’s results, and the features of the compared applications, check out our Free Patch Management Tools’ Comparison Guide.
Download the guide here.

 

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