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Symantec Data Center Security is #7 ranked solution in best Cloud Security companies. IT Central Station users give Symantec Data Center Security an average rating of 8 out of 10. Symantec Data Center Security is most commonly compared to Trend Micro Deep Security:Symantec Data Center Security vs Trend Micro Deep Security. The top industry researching this solution are professionals from a computer software company, accounting for 33% of all views.
What is Symantec Data Center Security?

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  • "Compared to some other solutions, such as CrowdStrike, Symantec is more expensive."

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Sagar_Shah
Project Manager IT at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Good centralized console, but it needs to be more flexible in terms of deployment

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is the centralized console, which can handle different products that we have."
  • "They need to develop a more flexible product that can be scaled such that it fits well into a small business or a bigger, enterprise-level solution."

What is our primary use case?

This product makes up part of our security solution that we offer to customers for use in data centers and remote sites.

As many people are now working from home, they use this solution so that they can work remotely to their data centers and still keep operations centralized. They need to work flexibly, not only from a geolocation point of view but geographically.

How has it helped my organization?

Since the acquisition of Symantec, our customers have not been satisfied with this solution. They are moving to other products such as CrowdStrike, Trend Micro, and McAfee.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the centralized console, which can handle different products that we have. It is essentially a segregation option.

What needs improvement?

Symantec is a little bit behind on the most recent advances, such as products that are more lightweight and more flexible in their deployment to multiple operating systems. They need to develop a more flexible product that can be scaled such that it fits well into a small business or a bigger, enterprise-level solution.

If I want to set up an endpoint solution that is on the cloud or is a hybrid, then there's a dependency on old-fashioned patterns, like hash values, in the internal policies. However, in a next-generation solution, we don't have to work in this traditional way. They are capable of automatically detecting and adapting to new threats that are coming out.

This solution does not offer as many centralized management options as other vendors. for example, you cannot install or uninstall machines using the console.

Better integration with other solutions is needed. Nowadays, keeping costs in mind, people don't want to be restricted to using a single vendor or dedicated platform. They want to be able to integrate with different products from multiple vendors. Better integration allows them to stay flexible and maintain or build a competitive edge.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with Symantec Data Center Security for nine years.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

I am familiar with solutions from several vendors including CrowdStrike, Trend Micro, and McAfee. With Trend Micro, for example, you can implement, deploy, and monitor in a single console. I am not required to send a team to deploy it.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is complex for the most part.

We have three different types of deployments including on-premises, cloud-based, and hybrid. The choice of deployment model depends on the requirements.

The length of time for deployment depends on the configuration and what you want to deploy. It generally takes between four and five hours for a fresh installation.

What about the implementation team?

We have an in-house team in charge of implementation, deployment, and maintenance. They can also provide support for our remote sites if needed.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

Compared to some other solutions, such as CrowdStrike, Symantec is more expensive.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

There are different products in competition with Symantec that we have the option to offer to our customers. We have had cases where Symantec has been replaced, whereas in other cases, we have installed the traditional Symantec security solution.

With Symantec, monitoring and reporting is not a single click. Rather, you have to look at different options to get your reports. This is an area where other vendors are ahead of Symantec.

What other advice do I have?

The suitability of Symantec Data Center Security depends on the requirements and it is important to understand them in advance. If you are fine with the traditional way of detecting threats then this is a good solution. If not, then I would suggest using newer technology.

I would rate this solution a five out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Hybrid Cloud
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Implementer
CY
IT Security Specialist at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Great file integrity monitoring features; lacking in reporting capabilities and support

Pros and Cons

  • "Good file integrity monitoring features."
  • "Could have better reporting capabilities and better support."

What is our primary use case?

Our primary use case of this solution was for checking some program file changes. We are customers of Symantec and I'm an IT security specialist. 

What is most valuable?

The file integrity monitoring features are the most valuable features of this product. 

What needs improvement?

I'd like to see better reporting capabilities and better support. I had the chance to work with Tripwire Solutions and that solution has some added capabilities, not just checking the folders, but the abilities of the whole configuration. They also have the capability of connection through interface to the network devices and to check specific configurations from the reports that might create a better product. It possibly converts the solution to a complete change management solution and you can follow the integrity of the old configuration, not just the files.

I've also noticed that the support of the newer version of the operating system is not really up to date on the software. I think the support of the newer operating systems version might have updated support more quickly.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've been using this solution for two months. 

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

There aren't any issues with the stability. 

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

So far, it's been an easily scalable solution. 

How are customer service and technical support?

We've worked with Symantec support for other products and I feel that we don't get enough support when we need it. We usually manage to resolve problems in our office. I think that technical support in general is not really capable of doing their work. They don't have enough knowledge to provide quick solutions, so we usually try to resolve problems within our team.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We're not really using all of the solution, rather focusing on the POC part of the technology. We're not thinking switch, but we wanted to make sure that Symantec is the perfect solution for our environment.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was not complex but we faced some issues which were unrelated to the actual product itself. It took some time to resolve that. Deployment took us around two months because of the issues but generally it would take two days to implement. 

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

As far as I know licensing costs are quite reasonable.

What other advice do I have?

I would rate this solution a seven out of 10. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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PratapBirwatkar
Group Head - Information Security at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Endpoint protection that scales well and is easy to deploy

What is our primary use case?

Symantec Data Center Security is part of our overall security solution that includes anti-virus, anti-spam, and anti-malware protection. 

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the endpoint protection system.

What needs improvement?

This solution clashes with Microsoft defender, which results in performance degradation on the machine. Technical support needs more local representation in India.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Symantec Data Center Security for between three and four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not seen any bugs or glitches.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution scales well. We have approximately five people using…

What is our primary use case?

Symantec Data Center Security is part of our overall security solution that includes anti-virus, anti-spam, and anti-malware protection. 

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is the endpoint protection system.

What needs improvement?

This solution clashes with Microsoft defender, which results in performance degradation on the machine.

Technical support needs more local representation in India.

For how long have I used the solution?

We have been using Symantec Data Center Security for between three and four years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

We have not seen any bugs or glitches.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution scales well. We have approximately five people using this solution. One is an administrator and the rest are end-users.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have had some issues with support because it is not available in our region in India. This means that it is very difficult for us to get direct support from Symantec, which is why we employ a consultant to manage this solution for us.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We did use another solution prior to this one.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is pretty straightforward and not very complex.

What about the implementation team?

We have a consultant who manages our solution. If there is an installation or anything needs changes then he takes care of it.

What other advice do I have?

Overall, this is a pretty good product.

I would rate this solution a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Private Cloud
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Partner
SM
Cyber Security Technical Engineer at a tech services company with 1-10 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
A user-friendly solution but the support needs to be improved

What is our primary use case?

We use Symantec Data Center Security for SEP — Symantec Endpoint Protection.

What is most valuable?

The console and tools are very user-friendly. We can easily fetch reports and upload them in the report logs. It's very easy for us.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable. It's very easy to scale for large enterprises, too.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support is very bad. They're not fast at all. Trend Micro's support is much better. 

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution. Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give Symantec Data Center Security a rating of seven. If they improved their data support and customer support, I would give them a higher…

What is our primary use case?

We use Symantec Data Center Security for SEP — Symantec Endpoint Protection.

What is most valuable?

The console and tools are very user-friendly. We can easily fetch reports and upload them in the report logs. It's very easy for us.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution is scalable. It's very easy to scale for large enterprises, too.

How are customer service and technical support?

The support is very bad. They're not fast at all. Trend Micro's support is much better. 

What other advice do I have?

I would recommend this solution. Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give Symantec Data Center Security a rating of seven. If they improved their data support and customer support, I would give them a higher rating. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises
Disclosure: My company has a business relationship with this vendor other than being a customer: Implementer
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