Stop Wasting Time and Money with WSUS and SCCM.

Discover the true cost of free patching. Download Sedulo Group’s 2020 TCO Study of WSUS & SCCM to discover the true cost of free and how to eliminate those unnecessary expenses immediately.

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Hidden expenses increase total costs for WSUS and SCCM to over $6.6M.

Hardware requirements and operational costs for WSUS and SCCM push the total cost burden to over $6.6 Million, or $11 per endpoint per month, for typical customers.


Managing remote teams with on-prem tools costs 350% more.

Using WSUS and SCCM to manage on- and off-site teams is far more difficult and expensive compared to cloud-native tools.


Cloud-based patching offers comparable value and better benefits.

Automox offers the core components that drive users to SCCM and WSUS, plus provides more features and benefits beyond just Windows support.


On-prem tools cost orgs $3.58 more per endpoint.

With WSUS and SCCM, orgs pay over $11 per endpoint per month versus $7.42 per endpoint with Automox over five years.


Automox easily scales to meet needs and cuts costs immediately.

Switching to cloud-based patching requires no hardware costs, is easily deployed, and can even be done through SCCM before decommissioning.

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Patch management is a critical function for businesses to ensure systems are running optimally and safeguarded against exploitation. However, knowing which patching and endpoint hardening platform to select is not easy.

Given the bevy of hidden costs relating to required hardware, software, licensing, training, and personnel, organizations may be caught off guard or never aware of what they might save by choosing a different solution. Other costs stemming from unplanned scenarios, such as a shift to remote-based work, or labor costs to repair damage from breaches all factor into the total cost of ownership (TCO) as well.

Understanding these potential costs can help an organization make better purchasing decisions, because many orgs have strict processes and regimens for procuring software. The confounding factors surrounding some patch management platforms can slow or impede acquisitions, and unnecessarily threaten the operational efficiency and endpoint security of the corporation.

Sedulo Group considered these common factors to compare on-premise patching solutions to SaaS, or cloud-based, platforms.

The study determined the total costs and efficiencies of these different solutions.

The following platforms were compared:

  • Microsoft Windows Server Update Service (WSUS)
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)
  • Automox (cloud-native endpoint management platform)

The report analyzes several factors that impact the TCO and defines what to expect when purchasing or owning these different solutions. The report also provides detailed feature comparisons to support fair judgement of the tools and their capabilities for patching and endpoint hardening needs.

Based on the analysis, SaaS patching and endpoint hardening platforms, like Automox, were found to reduce the impact from unplanned expenses and the total cost burden over time, and provide greater value than a WSUS or SCCM solution.

Automox’s Jay Goodman discusses the key findings of the Sedulo Group’s 2020 TCO Study of WSUS & SCCM. He presents the supporting data to help you intelligently compare and determine the total cost of ownership of on-premises versus cloud-native patch management and endpoint hardening solutions.
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Why is Automox better?

Simple, agile way to patch all your corporate endpoints

Our cloud-native cyber hygiene platform allows you to better manage and secure all your endpoints, including remote or roaming devices. No VPN required.

Automox patches automatically every time a device connects to the Internet. You can remediate patch vulnerabilities, deploy required software, and fix misconfigured systems without the need for multiple tools.

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Patch faster, more frequently with automated endpoint management

Automation is vital to hardening your endpoints faster than adversaries can exploit vulnerabilities. Only Automox lets you automate any task that can be scripted on any endpoint, regardless of location or domain.

With Automox Worklets™, you can automate and enforce any scriptable action on endpoints, from software deployment to enforcing local configuration policies.

Reduce complexity by eliminating on-premises patch servers

WSUS and SCCM solutions require on-premises hardware for each location, which demands constant versioning maintenance as Microsoft releases new features and bug fixes.

As a completely cloud-native endpoint hardening platform, Automox does not require any on-premises hardware, so you can focus more time and energy on doing what matters for the business.

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You’re in good company

Streamlining and simplifying our patching strategy in a "Do More with Less" world. Automox has significantly reduced our time it takes to patch our systems. We also are patching additional risks that were difficult to cover with other products. The result: A better security position for the company based on the risk reports we present to our executive leadership and risk committees.

JOHN P., AVP, Information Systems