By Henry Baltazar  |  Posted 2005-11-21 Print this article Print

Computer Associates International Inc.s Business Protection Suite r2 merges security with backup management in a neat suite—sought-after functionality that should help IT managers at small and midsize businesses handle day-to-day management of servers and clients.

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eWEEK Labs tests show that Business Protection Suite r2, which shipped last month, does a good job of bundling CAs BrightStor ARCserve Backup management tools, eTrust PestPatrol Anti-Spyware and eTrust Antivirus in a single product. Business Protection Suite r2 has a low entry price of $1,099 for a five-user license and ranges up to $6,995 for 50 users.

The features and management tools included in Business Protection Suite r2 work reasonably well, but IT managers who want more comprehensive anti-virus or anti-spyware software from different vendors should avoid the suite and simply purchase the BrightStor ARCserve backup utility on its own.

The Business Protection Suite r2s installation disk installs all four components simultaneously and also launches a checklist applet to help guide IT managers through the configuration process.

Business Protection Suite r2 ably guided us through the installation of the security components as well as basic backup configuration steps such as setting up media pools and setting up schedules and policies for backups.

In tests, the suites PestPatrol anti-spyware component was easy to use and found and quarantined many common annoyances, such as Gator.

Likewise, eTrust Antivirus was easy to use and configure in Business Protection Suite r2, and it worked reasonably well.

The BrightStor ARCserve Backup utility included in Business Protection Suite r2 is largely unchanged from previous versions and should be familiar to current CA customers.

The updated suite offers the ability to easily push backup, anti-virus and anti-spyware agents out to desktop clients, which quickly accelerates the rollout process. We used the push functions for client systems running Microsoft Corp.s Windows XP and Windows 2000 Professional with no problems.

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