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Hub vs. On-Premise Console

This Article Applies to:

  • Avast Business Hub
  • Avast Business On-Premise Console

About the Consoles

Avast Business offers two management consoles: the Business Hub (recommended) and the On-Premise Console. The Hub is hosted and maintained by Avast and can be accessed from anywhere, whereas the On-Premise Console is installed and maintained by the administrator.

Which Should I Use?

Where possible, we recommend to use the Hub, as it has many advantages over the On-Premise Console:

  • Hosted and updated by Avast: the administrator does not need to install or update the Console, as it is done automatically by Avast development
  • No extra hardware required: the user will usually need a dedicated device for the On-Premise Console, which requires more hardware. 6GB disk space and 4GB RAM is our standard recommendation for the On-Premise Console; however, if you have a large number of devices you will also have to scale the hardware. With the Hub, scaling is done automatically
  • Can be accessed and managed from anywhere: the Hub can be accessed from anywhere in the world, so the user is not limited in configuring and deploying devices from a single location
  • Frequent updates: the Hub receives the latest features, services, and updates immediately, while the On-Premise Console will not support many features and services, or will have much longer spans of time between updates
  • Services available: Hub users can utilize the Patch Management, SecureLine VPN, Cloud Backup, and Basic/Premium Remote Control services, which provides added value and security for users. Avast may also periodically release Labs, which include experimental features available for our users to test for potential future implementation.
  • Support for multiple Local Update Servers: In the Hub, users can configure multiple Local Update Servers in order to better serve devices across the WAN
  • Improved Remote Deployment: The Network Discovery and Remote Deployment features are greatly improved in the Hub, providing multiple methods of deployment across the network

When Should I Use the On-Premise Console?

When installation within a completely isolated or offline network is required, the On-Premise Console is the only solution available. To learn more about offline configuration see Configuring Offline On-Premise Console.

Bandwidth Usage

Devices connected to the Hub will use, on average, 10MB of bandwidth per day. When using the Local Update Server, this will be less than 10MB. For more information see Setting Up Update Agents and Local Update Servers.

Update/Master Agents

In both consoles, it is possible to enable an Update/Master Agent and Local Update Server that can deliver updates to devices within the network. This is recommended to reduce bandwidth usage.