Sorry kids, what you see here is the original cast of Grease performing Greased Lightning, not any of the Glee or Broadway crews.
Couldn’t help myself. Had to be done. So now that I have dated myself and pointed out to the Millennials that everything they watch, and love, was done before a couple decades ago… Let’s talk about Shavlik Protect 9.2.
We are rapidly approaching our release of Protect 9.2. In fact, we are already feature complete and have field tested in three different customer environments. I wanted to share some of what is coming and entice you to join the beta, which is coming soon!
The first thing I wanted to talk about was the speed of our assessments. In the different environments we have tested in, we have seen considerable increases in speed and also a reduction of resource usage. Our next-generation engines are faster and more efficient than ever. Let me share some of the differences we have seen in performance:
Loading up the content to scan agentlessly on Protect 9.1 and earlier could take as much as 500 MB initially to load everything needed to start scanning. Then, depending on how many machines you scan, it would drop down a bit before building again as each thread gathers data. In contrast Protect 9.2 has an initial load of around 70 MB and the growth of each thread is considerably less.
Agentless scan times will vary based on the latency of the machine you are scanning, but here are some tests we ran to give you an idea of how much of a difference we are seeing.
- A LAN connected machine that would take around 15 seconds to scan in Protect 9.1 take a little less than 10 seconds in Protect 9.2.
- A WAN connected machine, with reasonable latency (20-60ms), may have taken 1.5 to 2 minutes to scan in Protect 9.1. In Protect 9.2, it now takes around 45-60 seconds to scan.
- A VPN connected machines with high latency (140ms) that took around 15 minutes to scan in Protect 9.1 now takes around 7:30 in 9.2. (I performed this one from my hotel room at RSA on the hotel Wi-Fi connected to the VPN scanning a machine back at the office).
So, with Protect 9.2 you will see a considerable reduction in RAM consumption on the console and a 30-50% reduction in agentless scan times (varying by environment).
We also looked at more extreme agent scenarios to see how much of an increase in performance we would see there. We took a machine that was running pretty resource intensive (high RAM and CPU utilization) and on a Protect 9.1 agent the assessment took around 30 seconds. In Protect 9.2 the same agent scan took around seven seconds under the same heavy load. Again, considerable performance improvement!
If you want to take Grease Lightning for a spin in beta you can contact us at Beta@Shavlik.com to get on the beta list.
If that has not convinced you, stay tuned. I will be discussing other new features in the coming weeks. Just to give you a hint on next week, think of how you setup your maintenance schedule for patching. It all starts with Patch Tuesday. So your spreadsheet plays out like this:
Patch Tuesday +1 day
Patch Tuesday +3 days
Patch Tuesday +6 days…. etc.
More details on this next week.