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Best Practices in Lifecycle Management: Comparing Suites from Dell, LANDESK, Microsoft, and Symantec
Date: 02/17/2015 Length: 11 pages Cost: $99.00

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Given the complexity of todayís dynamic IT infrastructures and the broad range of management disciplines necessary to support them, choosing a lifecycle management solution can be a difficult and bewildering project.  To assist in the evaluation of automated lifecycle management platforms, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) has conducted a side-by-side functional and financial comparison of solution suites from four of the leading vendors in this market space: Dell, LANDesk, Microsoft, and Symantec.   Key best practices in lifecycle management are explained and used as a framework for identifying critical points of comparison and a detailed financial evaluation goes beyond just license costs to help determine total cost of ownership of each platform. This EMA analysis includes a comparison of over 50 functional capabilities across seven key areas ñ Asset and Discovery Management; Provisioning; Security and Patch Management; Third-Party Patch Deployment; Configuration Compliance and Remediation; Process Automation and Service Desk; and Interfaces and Reporting - and breaks-out management capailities across a variety of endpoint platforms, including Windows, Mac, Linux, UNIX, and Chromebooks.

Steve Brasen

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