Executive Summary

 
 
By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2003-03-17 Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


: Everdream Control Center"> Executive Summary: Everdream Control Center

Usability Excellent
Capability Good
Performance Good
Interoperability Good
Manageability Excellent
Scalability Good
Security Good
The updated ECC allows IT managers greater control over Everdreams outsourced desktop management services. In an innovative move, ECC makes it possible for IT managers to mix in-house and outsourced desktop support, which could result in significant cost savings.

COST ANALYSIS

ECC modules are offered as a subscription, and the price for each component is well within the range of comparable products. The only tricky part is figuring out if the recurring subscription costs erode cost savings. For components where paid updates are a fact of life (inventory and anti-virus, for example) this is much less of a concern. Whether it makes sense to pay a yearly subscription for remote control, however, is not as obvious.

(+) Allows a mix of outsourced and in-house desktop support; Dashboard view provides at-a-glance status checks.

(-) Supports only Windows desktop systems; data centers are both in Northern California.

EVALUATION SHORT LIST
  • Altiris Inc.s Client Management Suite
  • LANDesk Softwares LANDesk
  • Novells ZENworks for Desktops
  • www.everdream.com

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    Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at csturdevant@eweek.com.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

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