Software Deployment In The Cloud

Managing software deployments across hundreds or thousands of devices is a large undertaking. Two primary factors are contributing to the complexity. First, the variety of devices present in company networks continues to expand. Second, the increase in remote network access by employees has reduced how often they are “behind the firewall” where you have access to their devices. An additional complicating factor is the high number of SaaS applications that are now considered critical to business functions, including sales and marketing tools, support ticketing systems, HR tracking, and cloud-based file sharing solutions.

Employees, including those who are not based out of a central office, must have easy access to the software necessary to conduct their business. Ensuring this goal is met falls to the IT department. Too often, companies rely on outdated or expensive solutions to manage remote software deployments. Tools such as SCCM are costly, require ongoing management, and are ineffective for managing multiple operating systems and 3rd party applications.

Using Chef or Puppet to patch and deploy software is possible, but requires additional configuration and complex scripting which requires specific knowledge of the product, that not everyone has. In order to effectively deploy software across modern infrastructures, which include remote devices, cloud servers, as well as multiple operating systems and applications, companies must look to the cloud.

Cloud-native solutions are built for modern IT environments. Utilizing the cloud for software deployment, updates, and management gives you the ability to quickly and easily deploy software to remote devices which rarely connect to a central network, in addition to on-premise workstations. This ensures that all employees have the software they need without disruption to their day, and allows IT to enforce required updates and implement new applications.

Software deployment solutions, like Automox, that leverage the cloud often have additional benefits for their users, including increased visibility of software and patch status across all endpoints, reduction in shadow IT applications, and detailed reporting. These features can prevent attacks that exploit known vulnerabilities and enable you to quickly view the applications installed across the network to identify any security vulnerabilities.

Automox achieves this through a cloud-native agent that can be quickly installed on all endpoints. Our flexible policy engine which enables rule setting for patch automation, remote deployment of software, and customization to meet your specific needs from locking USB ports to password length.. Automox provides you with complete control over patching and software deployment. You determine which patches should be applied and when, and enforce which software is on a device and which should be blacklisted.

Automox is also “self healing”. If required software is deleted or blacklisted software is added, Automox takes corrective action based on your policies during the next scheduled update to reinstate the gold image you have created.

With networks increasing cloud dependent, your ability to efficiently manage them requires cloud automation. Automox is a powerful patching automation and software deployment solution that works across OS’s including Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. The result for you is significant time savings, as much as 90% over your old method, increased productivity, and a reduced attack surface.

About Automox

Facing growing threats and a rapidly expanding attack surface, understaffed and alert-fatigued organizations need more efficient ways to eliminate their exposure to vulnerabilities. Automox is a modern cyber hygiene platform that closes the aperture of attack by more than 80% with just half the effort of traditional solutions.

Cloud-native and globally available, Automox enforces OS & third-party patch management, security configurations, and custom scripting across Windows, Mac, and Linux from a single intuitive console. IT and SecOps can quickly gain control and share visibility of on-prem, remote and virtual endpoints without the need to deploy costly infrastructure.

Experience modern, cloud-native patch management today with a 15-day free trial of Automox and start recapturing more than half the time you're currently spending on managing your attack surface. Automox dramatically reduces corporate risk while raising operational efficiency to deliver best-in-class security outcomes, faster and with fewer resources.

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