Cloud Antivirus Protection

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Oct 182010

Microsoft’s Cloud based AV (anti-virus) protection called Windows Intune will be released next year. David Strom, networking and communications technologies expert, wrote a review ofIntune which will give you a good understanding of it.

Although I respect Strom’s opinion on the differences between McAfee, Panda, and Microsoft’s version of Cloud AV protection, I have not seen one deployment yet of this solution from the group.  Please let me know – – has anyone deployed AV to the Cloud?

My concerns lie particularly with architecture and design issues. Questions I have:

If you allow Internet to branch offices and don’t backhaul Internet through corporate – thus centralizing Internet in your enterprise – how can you deploy AV updates to the edge?

How does one manage the bandwidth that will be needed for this?

What about legacy apps conflicts?

These are my concerns. What are yours?

Dec 232009

I have been receiving many requests for Exchange 2010 information.  Here is some information that might help you as you plan and evaluate Exchange 2010 for your organizations.

• Symantec – Anti-virus has Windows 2008 file level support now.
• Symantec – Exchange 2010 aware Anti-virus pending release Feb 2010.
• Symantec – Backup Exec support for Exchange 2010 in late Q1.
• McAfee – Beta testing their Groupshield for Exchange 2010. Beta testing ends Jan 30th so the release has to be late February or so.
• Mcafee – File level that supports windows 2008 and windows 2008 r2 is available now.
• Tapeless Backups – All Exchange discussions these days always end up with backup and recovery. We have reviewed several.  In our opinion, the best Disc to Disc to Disc, and Disc to Disc to Tape is made by HP.   I have attached pdf document for those interested in reading further.
• Exchange 2010 and DR – Native Microsoft SCR options versus Third Party are worth exploring.
• Exchange 2007 and 2010.  Do you have SA for both Exchange 2007/10 and Windows 2008?  The licensing expense is non-trivial.
• Sharepoint is needed for Public Folders. Most people know this, but gauge the impact here for you and your organization.