The recently launched Panda Antivirus Appliance has become one of the most effective tools for protecting the network perimeter on the market. The pioneering concept of a dedicated antivirus server has generated a number of questions about the positioning and functionality of Panda Antivirus Appliance.
Panda Software, leading antivirus developer, provides a series of answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Panda Antivirus Appliance, to help explain the benefits that high performance perimeter protection has to offer companies of all sizes.
What is Panda Antivirus Appliance? Panda Antivirus Appliance is a dedicated antivirus server: the most technologically advanced antivirus software integrated into state-of-the-art hardware.
What part of the network does Panda Antivirus Appliance protect? Panda Antivirus Appliance protects the Internet gateway, operating as the first line of defense in the corporate perimeter.
How does Panda Antivirus Appliance scan information? Panda Antivirus Appliance scans the most common protocols used in business communication: SMTP, HTTP, FTP, POP3, IMAP4, NNTP and SOCKS. The Panda Software solution intercepts traffic in these protocols and examines the packets being transmitted. This is why it can sniff out malicious code such as SQLSlammer, which goes by undetected by other antiviruses.
Do I need to make adjustments to my network to use Panda Antivirus Appliance? No. Installing Panda Antivirus Appliance does not involve any complicated network reconfiguration, unlike other solutions on the market. This is due to the “plug-in and forget” philosophy around which Panda Software has been built.
Do I need specially trained personnel to run Panda Antivirus Appliance once installed? No. Anyone with some basic IT knowledge can configure the Panda Antivirus Appliance settings via an easy-to-use web console. Likewise, both the signature file and antivirus engine updates take place automatically via frequent connections to Panda Software’s servers.
My network only has a few workstations connected to a hub. Can I install Panda Antivirus Appliance? Yes. Remember that any computer with an Internet connection is vulnerable to virus attack, with the economic consequences that this can entail for today’s SME’s. Panda Antivirus Appliance offers the same levels of effective protection for networks comprising multiple servers and workstations as for simple networks with just a few computers .
I have a network with several servers with antivirus protection already installed. Do I need Panda Antivirus Appliance? As Panda Antivirus Appliance is a dedicated antivirus server, there are many good reasons for installing it. Panda Software’s solution detects viruses before they reach other network components, which means that server resources can be dedicated to the main functions. This in turn ensures that even during virus epidemics, corporate network resources can continue to function normally.
I have limited bandwidth. Will my Internet connection be slower if I install Panda Antivirus Appliance? No. Panda Antivirus Appliance does not interfere with the Internet connection or bandwidth consumption.
I already have a firewall installed, but I want to complement this by installing Panda Antivirus Appliance. Where should I install it? In this case, Panda Antivirus Appliance should be connected immediately behind the firewall, and in front of the other servers and workstations. The same applies if there is a router.