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March 11, 20223 min read

The Top 3 Ways Legacy Endpoint Management Tools Are Fragile

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Low resilience and expensive hardware aren’t the only fragilities of legacy endpoint management systems.

Enterprise endpoint management software was not developed for work-from-home or mobility. It was developed assuming all endpoints and servers would remain in an office and on its network. Now it’s 2022, and device mobility is table stakes. A global, digital workforce in a mid-pandemic spiral demands IT and SecOps teams know where every single endpoint is located (even in places where connections are unreliable), what network they're on (CDN, WAN, LAN, or local), if they're compliant (and if not, then why?). Complex organizations have to consider management of not only mobile, desktop, laptop, and tablet, but in some cases, point-of-sale, ATMs, and other form factors.

Can your Endpoint Management solution efficiently scale?

Effective, comprehensive endpoint management is crucial to security and success in the modern workplace. Without a well-functioning endpoint management system, a company is vulnerable to ever-increasing cyberattacks and losing control over its data, assets, and network. Legacy endpoint management systems claim to close the door on malicious attackers. But, what good is closing the door when you’ve left the windows open? Why are so many companies stuck on legacy systems that pose innumerable risks and frustrations? And, not to mention, these legacy systems require equipment, human hours, maintenance costs, and, in turn, hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of dollars spent on systems that cannot effectively or efficiently scale. If Fortune 500 enterprises are spending that kind of money on systems that don’t even do a good job of keeping their endpoints continually in compliance, then what is it all for?

As your company scales, so do your IT problems.

To fix endpoint management, we first have to understand why its limitations are extremely problematic. Below are three problems that companies in the modern, mobile world face when they try to do endpoint management the old-fashioned way.

  1. It adds hardware problems to software problems and server infrastructure is no longer necessary (it’s actually detrimental) to effective endpoint management.
  2. It has terrifyingly low resilience because it’s centralized, so entire portions of your network are potentially poised to go down at any moment.
  3. It is critically reliant on topographies that require manual interventions and human-error-prone tasks that compromise network safety.

There is a better way to manage endpoints that doesn’t rely on intrinsically fragile systems; solutions that never go down and maintain themselves with little to no human intervention.

Companies who hang on to legacy systems in a mobile world will have to maneuver over more than just these three hurdles. In the paper 9 Ways Legacy Endpoint Management is Intrinsically Fragile we take a deeper look at the three problems above and six other reasons legacy endpoint management is failing the modern enterprise organization:

  1. Inadequacy of cross-network capabilities
  2. Lack of parallelism from network throttling
  3. Inability to succeed over poor quality networks
  4. Worsening of the complexity of enterprise software ecosystems
  5. Difficult to automate
  6. Knowledge is kept in silos

Read the White Paper: 9 Ways Legacy Endpoint Management is Intrinsically Fragile to better understand the threats facing companies that continue to use legacy endpoint management systems. Spoiler alert: All of them are easily fixed with a P2P network solution.

To learn more, check out The Endpoint Management Podcast to learn how a Serverless P2P Architecture Has Revolutionized Endpoint Management.

About Adaptiva: Adaptiva’s cutting edge, peer-to-peer architecture stands alone as a modern solution to enterprise endpoint management turning your existing endpoints into your infrastructure. Cost, complexity and risk are eliminated as Adaptiva brings IT administration and automation to the cloud, while creating a serverless infrastructure on the edge. As the number of your devices grows, so does your capacity to manage them without additional servers, headcount, bandwidth, or other costs associated with legacy solutions. Transform the way your enterprise manages and delivers content to endpoints across any type of network.


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