2008 Awards: The Absolute Best in Small Business - Page 2

By SmallBusinessComputing.com Staff
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Hardware     Security     Software/Services     E-Commerce    


PC Security
Protecting your business means protecting the data on your desktop or laptop PC from viruses and other malicious digital threats. The Norton line of anti-virus products is a well-known and respected brand - and last year's winner, to boot --so it's no surprise to see Symantec Corp.'s Norton 360 take top honors in the PC Security category.

This software provides top-notch anti-virus protection and incorporates features like online and local backup as well as PC maintenance tools, which traditionally, have been sold separately from the anti-virus solution.

Network Backup
Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery 7.0 Server Edition
      Runner-up: HP StorageWorks D2D Backup System
Network Security
Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0 Business Pack
      Runner-up: Trend Micro Client Server Messaging Security 3.5
PC Backup
Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery 7.0 Desktop Edition
      Runner-up: Norton 360 (Symantec Corp.)
PC Security
Norton 360 (Symantec Corp.)
      Runner-up: McAfee Total Protection 2008

McAfee Total Protection 2008 snagged the runner-up honors for its combination of desktop security features and data backup options.

Network Security
Our voters were just as consistent about how they protect their networks with the majority choosing Symantec Endpoint Protection 11.0 Business Pack with antivirus, antispyware, firewall, intrusion prevention and device control. The application not only defends your network on these various fronts, it's easily managed by one administrator using a single management console — a feature we're sure that helped move this product into the number one spot.

Runner-up Trend Micro Client Server Messaging Security 3.5 provides easy-to-mange protection for PCs, notebooks and servers against multiple Internet threats, including spam, spyware, root kits, viruses and other malicious threats.

PC Backup
Small businesses know that backing up their office computers is a critical function, yet they're often uncertain about how to put a good back-up plan in place. The top vote getter, Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery 7.0 Desktop Edition, takes away the confusion and does the hard work for you. It captures recovery points of an entire Windows system -- including operating system, applications, system settings, configurations and files — and letting you to restore your PC to an exact point in time prior to a failure.

You might be surprised to find Norton 360 as our runner up in the PC Backup category. But this program not only fights against digital threats, it discovers new files and automatically saves that data to a secure online backup service or to a local CD, DVD, or external drive device. This means busy small business professionals need fewer products to manage their overall system protection.

Network Backup
For companies affected by regulatory acts such as HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley, backing up and retaining data brings new challenges to an already critical management issue.

Winning a majority of our readers' votes (and a total Symantec sweep of the Security category), Symantec's all-in-one backup solution Backup Exec System Recovery 7.0 Server Edition offers a centralized view of system backup and recovery activity across multiple systems and supports all Windows Operating Systems as well as Windows Small Business Server 2000 or 2003, Windows Exchange Server 2003, and Windows 2000 Professional, Advanced Server.

Our runner-up in this category, the HP StorageWorks D2D Backup System offers reliable protection by automating and centralizing daily backup operations and it allows you to consolidate backups for up to four servers onto a single, self-managing device.

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This article was originally published on February 01, 2008

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