GFI Survey: Majority of Midsized Enterprises Would Switch Antivirus Vendor for Reduced Performance Impact

February 15, 2011 - 12:00

GFI Software survey of more than one thousand enterprises reveals users’ antivirus software preferences

GFI Software, a leading IT solutions provider for small and medium-sized enterprises, today announced the results of a wide-ranging survey of more than one thousand enterprises – 67% of which had fewer than 500 seats – which examines the likes and dislikes of small and medium-sized (SME) enterprise IT administrators with regard to leading antivirus solutions.

GFI surveyed users of 19 leading antivirus software vendors that compete with its own GFI VIPRE® Antivirus solution. Overwhelmingly, SMEs expressed that the primary driver for their antivirus purchasing decision is the level of performance impact that the solutions cause on their machines. In fact, 64% of respondents said reduced performance impact (e.g. CPU and memory usage) was the feature that would make them switch from their current antivirus product to a competitor. This was the top response by more than 12 percentage points, indicating a level of frustration with the bloated, layered approach to antivirus that most vendors provide.

Unlike other solutions, which are essentially retooled versions of existing antivirus products with multiple layers of capabilities added on to keep up with emerging threats, GFI’s award-winning VIPRE Antivirus solution was built on efficient, core virus detection code, making it a fast and powerful threat engine with low impact on system resources. It is a next-generation malware detection solution designed by administrators for administrators.

“As we’ve learned from customers over the years, inefficiency is the enemy of security when you’re talking about antivirus,” said Alex Eckelberry, general manager, GFI’s Security Business Unit. “VIPRE is built like a sports car, with no unnecessary frills to get in the way – just raw speed and power to detect viruses and block them while the user is working on other things.”

Additional results from the survey of more than one thousand IT administrators:

  • Nearly half (47%) of respondents indicated that the characteristic they liked least about their current antivirus program was the performance impact it had on their machines.
  • Less than one quarter (22%) of respondents answered that better reporting capabilities would make them switch solutions.

GFI Software is exhibiting in booth #538 at the RSA Conference 2011 this week.

About GFI
GFI Software provides web and mail security, archiving, backup and fax, networking and security software and hosted IT solutions for small and medium-size businesses (SMBs) via an extensive global partner community. GFI products are available either as on-premise solutions, in the cloud or as a hybrid of both delivery models. With award-winning technology, a competitive pricing strategy, and a strong focus on the unique requirements of SMBs, GFI satisfies the IT needs of organizations on a global scale. The company has offices in the United States (North Carolina, California and Florida), UK (London and Dundee), Austria, Australia, Malta, Hong Kong, Philippines and Romania, which together support hundreds of thousands of installations worldwide. GFI is a channel-focused company with thousands of partners throughout the world and is also a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner.