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Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 vs. McAfee and Trend Micro

Created: 18 Aug 2011 • Updated: 25 Jun 2013
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Anti-virus Performance in VMware ESX Virtual Environments

As IT architects scale deployments of virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions, they must be aware of the resource requirements of “always on” and high-use components such as endpoint security systems. In virtual environments, vendors can implement their solution as a client-based agent where all processing for each client takes place on the client, an virtual appliance that handles the a/v workload or, possibly, some hybrid of the two approaches.

Symantec Corp. commissioned Tolly to benchmark the performance within virtual environments of its new Symantec Endpoint Protection 12.1 vs. comparable solutions from McAfee and Trend Micro. Specifically, this testing focused on the disk input/output requirements of each solution when performing on-access scan, on- demand scan and virus definition updates.

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