Gartner note on high cost of WSUS

I’m sure you may have already seen this…but just in case. The following excerpt is from a Gartner white paper called; “The Patch Management Market: Collision or Coexistence?” dated March 3, 2008. There was a very interesting nugget in it regarding WSUS…

“Although Microsoft has improved WSUS, client feedback suggests that WSUS is not as rich in content (pre-req/co-req) and as robust in targeting and reporting as the focused patch solutions. Thus, organizations accepting WSUS as “good enough” have significantly higher labor costs for content analysis, testing and deployment. Although Microsoft is making improvements to WSUS, we do not believe it will be a best-of-breed solution for patch management. Through 2012, the most-effective Windows patch management capabilities will be provided by point-solution vendors.”