General and deployment
We’ve compared ManageEngine in the previous years, and this time the number of supported applications took us by surprise. Even the product has been re-branded as “Patch Plus”. The solution supported 250 applications, including all of the most important 3rd party applications.
The solution in also the comparison’s first standalone on-premises-solution that needs no integrations. The installation required a Windows server and a database. ManageEngine did not support updates for business applications. The deployment scored well because it was pretty fast, and the guidance was strong.
Information security and vulnerability management
The solution had solid features when it comes to information security and vulnerability management. The options for information security settings were actually better than good. ManageEngine and F-Secure were the only products that aimed to limit the end user’s possibilities to affect the solution’s operation, even if the end user happens to have local admin rights.
Deployment and installation of application updates
ManageEngine had a nice solution for update installation. It was also the best in comparison when looking at the settings related to terminal force-restarts and notifications.
The product had nice templates and practices ready to use for update rules and settings. It was also nice to see you could base the application updates on the criticality of a vulnerability.
Inventory and update verification
ManageEngine has an inventory with all the data on terminals, applications, and their current versions. In addition to this, the reports were comprehensive, and you could also schedule them.
Capacity for best corporate practices
The centralized terminal deployment was done using AD (Active Directory) and local network. We also took a look at the settings of the applications installed on the terminal. Shortcuts and automatic updates were on, meaning the solution most likely uses the application providers’ default packages with default settings.
Comparison to CSM products
- Patch Manager Plus is a part of the enormous ManageEngine product family. The comparison looked at their standalone product, but they have their own integration for SCCM for instance.
- Out of the compared products, ManageEngine stood out with certain freshness and an innovative take. It was reasonably easy to start using the product.
- Compared to the CSM product family, ManageEngine comes closest to the SCCM and WSUS integrations. The product is decent enough, but not quite on the same level as CSM, at least when looking at features related to enterprise readiness.
Summary on the Compared Features
- Solution type: Standalone on-premises-solutions
- Number of supported applications: 250
- Supported applications: 2.00/4.00
- Pricing, versatility, and infrastructure: 1.71/4.00
- General features and test use: 1.60/4.00
- Information security: 2.80/4.00
- Vulnerability management: 1.20/4.00
- Inventory and evaluation: 2.00/4.00
- Restart management: 2.00/4.00
- Setting management: 3.20/4.00
- Setting adjustments: 1.50/4.00
- Update verification: 3.50/4.00
- Capacity for corporate practices: 1.60/4.00
- Solution deployment: 2.67/4.00
- Price per year for smaller companies: € 2,397
- Price per year for larger companies: € 23,018
In the next post of the blog series we’ll see how GFI Languard 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.