Symantec unveiled the Symantec Protection Suite Advanced Business Edition last week, which the company says will help protect SMBs from external and internal threats as well as information loss. Rather than requiring small and mid-sized businesses to acquire components relating to security protection, backup, disaster recovery and content filtering in a piecemeal fashion, Symantec Protection Suite Advanced Business Edition provides everything in a single package. This allows SMBs to lower their total cost of ownership as well as greatly simplify management.
Blake McConnell, senior director of product management for SMB Security Solutions at Symantec summed up the new product to eChannelLine:
"This edition combines endpoint and messaging security with backup and recovery ... It's aimed at the 50-250 market, as a one-stop shop, where the IT guy is a generalist."
According to the official press release here, Symantec Protection Suite Advanced Business Edition will provide endpoint protection for laptops and desktops, as well as messaging security and advanced content filtering at the mail gateway. As you can expect, security updates are furnished by real-time security intelligence from Symantec's Global Intelligence Network.
The suite's granular disaster-recovery capabilities also mean that SMBs can recover individual files or entire folders - and up to entire Windows systems. More pertinently, this could be achieved even on dissimilar hardware or virtual environments, which can go a long way in getting operations moving again in the shortest possible time. InfoStor noted that backup and recovery capabilities are achieved by bundling Symantec's Backup Exec System Recovery Server Edition and Backup Exec System Recovery Desktop Edition as part of the suite.
In addition, Symantec Protection Suite Advanced Business Edition allows customers to choose a standard on-site deployment or tap into software-as-a-service (SaaS) technologies with the ability to add options for hosted e-mail and Web security from Symantec Hosted Services. Symantec Hosted Endpoint Protection essentially allows SMBs to deploy comprehensive security for their computer systems without the need for additional hardware or management software.
SMBs that opt for the SaaS offering can manage their e-mail and Web traffic through a single Web-based management console, without the need for additional hardware or software to purchase and install.
Finally, Symantec says it is lowering the price of the more basic Symantec Protection Suite Small Business Edition by 40 percent, effective immediately. According to Symantec's Web store, the new price works out to be $39.10 to $45 per license (depending on order quantity) for 12 months of basic support or $31.05 to $47.25 per license for 12 months of essential support. Symantec Protection Suite Small Business Edition provides endpoint and messaging security with backup and recovery for desktops and laptops.
Symantec says that the Symantec Protection Suite Advanced Business Edition will be available later in the summer of 2010. The online store does not list prices.