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April 2007

Database security, software appliances review: Readers Choice Awards

GOLD | Symantec Database Security Symantec Price: Appliance, $10,000; software, $5,000 per CPU for Windows, $10,000 for Unix Symantec has been quick to assert itself in the growing database security market, with a new auditing and monitoring product that resonates with its customers, earning a Readers' Choice gold medal. Respondents gave Symantec Database Security high marks where it counts, overwhelmingly rating it excellent or good in protecting their data. Almost as important, they gave it high marks for ease of installation, configuration and administration, a major factor as organizations struggle to integrate new security tools without additional management resources. The product passively sniffs traffic and stores audit data offline, causing zero impact on database performance or availability. "There's no overhead on production servers--that's a key for us," says Ayad Shammout, lead technical database administrator for CareGroup Healthcare System, which manages four Boston-area hospitals. "And we don't want to deploy ...

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