1E Compared to Script Management Solutions

The basic thesis of script management solutions is that you can do anything in a script. As long as they manage the scripts well then you have a solution that is totally flexible and new functionality can be delivered with ease.

We wish this was the case, otherwise we would not have spent 4 years developing Tachyon.

How scripts work in practice

Every script needs to be sent to the endpoint, wherever it is. So, if a simple task requires three scripts then you need to copy three files to every endpoint. Some solutions have made this much more complex by putting a token ring-like architecture in the way (do you remember how often token ring used to fail or are we showing our age here?). Once the script has been copied then it has to be run.

Each script runs in its own process, which means the PC must spin up an environment to run the script and the interpreter before doing the job. Once the results from the chain of scripts are gathered, they then need to be sent back for processing, in reverse, through the token ring-like architecture.

Are scripts really relevant to the modern business?

Your operations and security team may want to perform a 100 queries and operations on endpoints every day, which require 300 – 400 scripts. A script based solution will need to copy all those files and run hundreds of processes on each endpoint causing disruption. So you are back to needing additional solution to make up for scripts’ shortcomings.

What’s more, scripts are not designed to carry out the many advanced operations that demand immediate responses to threats or a deep analysis of the system to detect performance issues. A scripting solution, therefore, cannot provide you with complete functionality coverage.

Finally, scripts generally do not easily translate across operating systems, forcing you to take on the burden of managing thousands of scripts for one operating system and multiple for each endpoint you support. How do you test this kind of complexity?

Batch, token ring and scripting have been useful and arguably still are, but they are not appropriate technology choices for a real-time system.

What makes 1E different

Our agenda at 1E is to help you get control of your endless to do list, which is why we willingly work with any other product. In fact, we wholeheartedly complement Microsoft, ServiceNow and many security solutions precisely because we don’t aim to own your IT landscape.

1E’s biggest differentiator is speed. Our Real-Time Platform, Tachyon, is unparalleled in its ability to hunt, respond and remediate fast. But it’s not just about doing this faster. It about efficiency, maintaining context, completing a job successfully, and ultimately protecting your business. Scripts cannot come close to offering this value. Take a look at Tachyon’s capabilities to learn more about real-time IT.