Blink Security Management Appliance 200
Strengths: Will be a nice solution for a reasonable price once it has matured
Weaknesses: Not quite ready for prime time
Verdict: Could be a very nice solution as it matures. It would have an attractive price point. It has the features, but still needs to work out a few quirks
Blink Security Management Appliance 200 is a mini appliance designed to deploy and manage up to 200 endpoints secured by eEye's Blink Professional security software.
The appliance concept is ideal for solving the deployment challenges of software-based solutions - such as the labour-intensive task of having to manually configure and set up perhaps hundreds of dedicated servers and databases.
We had numerous challenges getting the appliance installed and running. It runs a Microsoft Server 2003 OS. The good news is that the interface has a Windows look-and-feel to it, so it was easy to understand. We were not able to discover it through DHCP right away. When attaching a local monitor and keyboard to the appliance, we witnessed boot errors with loading various DLLs. We did eventually track down the appliance: we were able to use an appliance discovery tool from our test workstation to find the appliance and begin the process of configuring and managing devices.
The documentation supplied was absolutely no help. Nor could we find any help or documentation online. We finally pushed through the basic configuration on our own. We used the REM deployment tool to push the client to our workstation, but it failed; we found that sharing must be enabled on the desktop to allow this feature.
We performed the manual load of the client. The appliance did have options for Active Directory and ARP discovery of devices, but neither seemed to work. We saw our manual load and updated in the event log on the appliance - but we were unable to add the workstation to our asset list.
The client did load manually and provided a firewall, anti-virus, anti-spyware, intrusion prevention, systems protection (in the form of application and registry monitoring) and vulnerability scans. We ran updates and then ran a few scans from the local test workstation. Due to the limited performance of the appliance, we did not get to test reporting, alerting or other management functionality. The product does support these functions and I believe as the appliance matures, this will be a very nice solution on the network protection side.