Centennial Software’s DeviceWall has many applications for both portable device security and endpoint security and management. For this review we are focusing on just the features for securing portable devices, but this product also has many other bells and whistles. As far as portable security goes, DeviceWall includes the ability to stop transfer of data based on security policy and also to encrypt data that needs to be transmitted.
When we reviewed an earlier version of this product last year, we were impressed by how easy it was to setup and manage. We are happy to see that not much has changed in this regard. Setup is simple and is guided by an easy to follow wizard. The setup wizard includes all the necessary configuration steps for Active Directory integration and database setup. It also includes a version of the lightweight Microsoft Desktop Engine (MSDE) database software for smaller deployments.
With direct tie-ins to Active Directory, this product makes managing the use of portable devices easy and efficient. Once a security policy is pushed out to a specific device class and set of users, the policy is instantly enforceable throughout the entire domain and can even be configured for offline access.
The documentation for the DeviceWall is well written and easy to understand. The step by step instructions assist in deployment and configuration of the product. Administrators will appreciate the use of good quality screen shots that accompany the documentation of the product.
Centennial offers phone and email support of DeviceWall. In addition, there is a website which contains downloads, technical documentation, a knowledge base and user forum.
At $24.30 per seat, Centennial DeviceWall is licensed on a per seat basis. The seat count is typically comprised of the number of desktops, workstations, laptops and servers where a customer expects an acceptable use policy to be enforced with regards to the transfer of files to removable storage devices. DeviceWall pricing is based on a sliding per seat scale with discounts built in for larger purchases. A 100-seat installation would have a very acceptable list price of $2,430.