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A Comparison of PJ Technologies' Goverlan and ManageEngine Desktop Central in a Third Party Review

  (January 15, 2013)

Miami, FL (PRWEB) January 15, 2013

PJ Technologies today announced that an independent writer found Goverlan to outweigh ManageEngine Desktop Central due to its more feature-rich management capabilities, remote support and desktop sharing, faster performance, lighter implementation, and a more cost-effective licensing schema.

Jonathan Hassell is an author, consultant and speaker on a variety of IT topics. His published work includes Learning Windows Server 2003 from O'Reilly and regularly appears in periodicals such as Windows® IT Pro, PC Pro and TechNet Magazine.

In terms of functionality, Hassell found Goverlans Scope Actions feature to offer more extensive management options that can be pushed globally with only a few clicks, noting; One of the big differentiators between the two products is the Scope Actions tool in Goverlan, which allows you to easily define a scope of targetsthey could be users, computers or groupsusing powerful filtering and selection criteria. Then, define the administrative actions to perform on that scope, which can be essentially anything Windows permits you to do, including Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) queries, and then run those actions either on an ad-hoc, scheduled or recurring basis. While Desktop Central allows you to define actions across multiple machines, I found the availability of options and the granularity of setting up a proper scope much easier and much more powerful with Goverlansomething that pays off more and more as your network grows.

For the categories of remote control and desktop sharing, Hassell wrote; ManageEngine Desktop Central Sharing uses a web-based component involving either ActiveX or Java to initiate remote sessions without requiring an agent. For clients running Windows, Goverlan uses an agent that has access to a single TCP port for communications; the software also works with both Mac OS X and Linux computers using the VNC protocol. Desktop Central Sharing works only with Windows 2000 and later and no alternative platforms. Both products encrypt the remote control traffic for added protection. Goverlan also works well with virtual desktop infrastructure-based deployments, allowing an administrator to shadow multiple client sessions on a single virtual host that uses Microsofts Terminal Services and Remote Desktop Services as well as Citrixs Xen line of VDI products, just as simply as a console session on a physical computer.

While evaluating both products, Hassell also found differences in performance speed and ease of implementation, observing; The ManageEngine Desktop Central console is web-based and all configuration and operation is performed from within a web browser. Goverlan Remote Administration Suite uses a Windows application, which in my experience performed more quickly and consistently through my tests, although it limits the ability to use non-Windows computers to perform administrative tasks. I was able to install Desktop Central and get to a functional start within an hour; getting up to speed with Goverlan was slightly faster, especially when installing client agents. The ManageEngine agent requires 512 MB of RAM and 30 MB of disk space; Goverlans agent, in contrast, is only a few megabytes (<5MB), has negligible memory requirements, and installs within seconds.

While Goverlans Remote Administration Suite is priced at $699 per perpetual license per administrator with no client node fees, ManageEngine Desktop Centrals pricing is more complicated, priced both per administrator/technician and per client node, and with licenses differing in price whether subscription-based or perpetual. This, noted Hassell, makes ManageEngine Desktop Central more expensive to install on larger scales. For a one year subscription-based ManageEngine Desktop Central license for one technician and 100 computers in the Professional Edition, the bill comes to $995, whereas for a perpetual license of the same configuration you will spend $2,488. The licenses are priced in thresholds of 50 client nodes, but ManageEngine offers a quote function if you have a quantity of computers to license in between these thresholds. Additional administrator and technician users add anywhere from $100-300 on the cost of the software per year for subscriptions or $320-750 for perpetual licenses, he explained.

ManageEngine includes one year of technical support, including product updates, with each subscription purchase of Desktop Central. Maintenance and support for perpetual licenses run from a couple hundred additional dollars per year through many thousands, depending on the number of users and client nodes. Goverlan provides complimentary, non-expiring e-mail technical support for the current/prior version, 90 days of live support for new/upgraded licenses, and extended maintenance options.

In his independent comparison, Hassell concluded; While ManageEngine Desktop Central seems quite capable, I believe Goverlan presents a meaningfully better overall value for the money, with a lower price point to begin with, a perpetual right to use the entire software suite by default, a unified set of capabilities in same product as opposed to edition thresholds to navigate, and an ability to manage an unlimited number of client machine targets per administrator.

To read the complete review by Jonathan Hassell originally released on January 8th 2013, please go to The Remote IT Admin Blog.

About PJ Technologies: PJ Technologies, the creators of Goverlan®, is a leading provider of systems management software. PJ Technologies solutions are entirely implemented and managed from within the clients infrastructure, thereby fostering security, integrity and control.

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