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February 11th, 2010

avast! 5 small business console, part 1

Although you haven’t heard much about it so far, we are working on an all-new version of network management tool for small businesses – (for now) named the “Small Business Console” (SBC). This post will give you some insight on what you can expect (more posts on the subject will follow soon).

So what’s new?

Everything!

We’ve decided for a complete rewrite using new technologies that will give users more flexibility in the way they use the SBC. This will include remote management, a feature that was lacking from the predecessor, new graphics design, more automated features, … All of this should give the users a flexible tool just like ADNM is, but also a tool that is much easier to use. Our most wished goal is of course an “install and forget” solution, and if we don’t succeed with that, we hope to get very close at least. Read on to read a few details…

One of the new features we have been working on lately is the auto-discovery of computers in your small business domain. The Small Business Console components will actively search your network for new or unknown computers. Once these computers are found, you will be presented with the option of adding them into the group of computers that should be protected by the net clients (or can have the system do these actions automatically for you).

The management software will take on a brand new form. We have decided to kiss good bye the traditional “fat” client application. The new SBC will be hosted as a web-based application, utilizing a brand new Silverlight front end. This will allow you to take actions -if necessary- from any computer on the network or even from outside your network if you wish to configure the web server so!

It’ll be quick… Yes, since we listen to you all, we are working on a completely new communication mechanism between the server and client computers. Compared to the ADNM v4.8 release, this will deliver commands to workstations immediately, instead of waiting for the client to actively query for new commands.

So much more to say here, but don’t want to get you bored… ;-)

When?

I bet by now all of you are excited to read the release date… Well, I’ve got a bad news for you at the moment, we are not disclosing the release date yet, but it will probably be somewhere this Summer.

We will be keeping you posted on the progress, check back soon to see more details…

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  1. February 11th, 2010 at 10:38 | #1

    Hi Vlk,

    Is it same function as ADNM features?

    Cheers,
    Yanto Chiang

  2. Wim
    February 11th, 2010 at 16:29 | #2

    @Yanto, from reading this it will have simular functions yes, still the search and deploy and command structure…. :)

    im happy to read this, but im a bit concerned about the release date since the plugins for example for exchange 2010 are not there and thus the server is unprotected.
    none the less this is good news….

    it scared me a bit reading it was going to be webbased (i really dont like that) but i am testing sharepoint foundation 2010 which works with silverlight and works very nice so ill have to form a new opinion about this kind of webbased apps. (i figure this would make it more easy too, to deploy it “in the cloud”)

    i hope the webbased server can be put on its own PORT and not only bind on port 80
    i dont want my users to be able to GUESS the url for the management interface….
    to think of it, i figure you will be making it able as to implement it as a virtual directory on an excisting IIS webserver (you have been training in redmond for this the last few weeks i assume) or when IIS is not available an own internal webserver….

    ** parts of the above text are SPECULATIONS from me! so dont think it will be in there **

    happy to read that the given commands are directly pushed to the clients, thats great!! you listend to my susggestion in: http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=54073.0

  3. February 12th, 2010 at 01:01 | #3

    Wim, I think that there is misunderstanding of what Silverlight is.
    Silverlight is often called “Flash by Microsoft” so this is fully client-side stuff. You don’t have to provide some special stuff on server-side – server must be able to serve a file only (Silverlight application is .XAP file that is transfered to browser only – no special work on server).

    I think that Silverlight platform could be very good choice – it offers very nice user interface, is available in most browser in most operating systems (there is Moonlight – open-source Silverlight for Linux) and the Silverlight application can run out-of-browser so the user experience could be the same as in heavy/fat/rich application.

  4. February 12th, 2010 at 07:06 | #4

    Wim :
    @Yanto, from reading this it will have simular functions yes, still the search and deploy and command structure….
    im happy to read this, but im a bit concerned about the release date since the plugins for example for exchange 2010 are not there and thus the server is unprotected.
    none the less this is good news….
    it scared me a bit reading it was going to be webbased (i really dont like that) but i am testing sharepoint foundation 2010 which works with silverlight and works very nice so ill have to form a new opinion about this kind of webbased apps. (i figure this would make it more easy too, to deploy it “in the cloud”)
    i hope the webbased server can be put on its own PORT and not only bind on port 80
    i dont want my users to be able to GUESS the url for the management interface….
    to think of it, i figure you will be making it able as to implement it as a virtual directory on an excisting IIS webserver (you have been training in redmond for this the last few weeks i assume) or when IIS is not available an own internal webserver….
    ** parts of the above text are SPECULATIONS from me! so dont think it will be in there **
    happy to read that the given commands are directly pushed to the clients, thats great!! you listend to my susggestion in: http://forum.avast.com/index.php?topic=54073.0

    Hi Wpn,

    I am not sure if Vlk will developed in Web based GUI,

    But if this happened, it would be a great and as long as the web console could support beside port 80.
    Because at yesterday, i heard from our partner that one of AV vendor under development for web console management for their client AV too.

    Cheers,
    Yanto Chiang

  5. Mahdi Yousefi
    February 18th, 2010 at 09:45 | #5

    Hi,
    Avast 5 Home is very nice but there two major problem:

    1-Slow Update Progress, i test over adsl 256k and modem connection
    2-There is not any official way for backup and restore virus definitions database

  6. reza
    February 19th, 2010 at 19:42 | #6

    why you did not persian (farsi) language in your products ,since in afghanistan and tajikstan and Iran you have consumers

  7. February 23rd, 2010 at 23:45 | #7

    I tried to purchase Security Package in Australian Dollars. Your exchange rate is not up to date. As a fact your exchange rate is 61 cents to US dollar and should be 89 cents. Please fix this as people will NOT buy your products including us.

    Regards
    Bob

  8. Nishat Malik
    February 25th, 2010 at 15:21 | #8

    Avast “The king of kings”. in the world of antivirus not only in free home security but also in every field of security, i like this antivirus so much
    that’s what i need

  9. Rick
    March 3rd, 2010 at 02:44 | #9

    Please, please include default microsoft exclusions built into the SBS package so that we do not have to manually enter each one..

  10. robinson
    March 10th, 2010 at 15:48 | #10

    Our priority is to get avast! 5.0 localized into all the languages previously supported by v4.8 so that all existing users can upgrade to the new v5.0 in the same language. We’ll also be adding a number of new languages, including some which are right-to-left, however we still have a bit to do on the technical development side to make this possible. When adding new languages, we of course have to consider how it will maintained in the future, as we wouldn’t want to provide a new language only for it not to be available in a subsequent version. We’ll certainly take Farsi into account when we’re considering what additional languages to add in the future so thank you for the feedback.

    @reza

  11. robinson
    March 10th, 2010 at 15:52 | #11

    reza :why you did not persian (farsi) language in your products ,since in afghanistan and tajikstan and Iran you have consumers

    See reply below.

  12. March 12th, 2010 at 07:08 | #12

    In DC and using Avast for past 5 years. Best of Breed and free…

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