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What is Browsium Proton?

Browsium Proton is an easy-to-use web application inventory and analytics solution for enterprise IT. It provides comprehensive inventory data via a graphical dashboard as well as critical correlations between web applications and browsers organization wide, giving IT teams the actionable …

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Why do I need Browsium Proton?

Enterprise organizations today utilize a combination of native (desktop or client/server) and browser-based (web) applications to deliver business tools for employees. IT is tasked with managing these various solutions but traditional desktop management solutions lack the ability to view, track, …

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Where can I find the latest Proton documentation (Admin Guide)?

The Proton Administration Guide can be easily accessed from the Help page of the Proton Manager. You can also download it directly from our website.

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How does Browsium Proton work?

Three components of Browsium Proton work together to collect, analyze, and present the data about your web application and browser environment. The Proton Client collects and correlates browser-related inventory and activity data from end user PCs and periodically sends it …

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What is the Proton solution architecture? Where does Proton server software and collected data reside?

Proton is a three-tiered solution, starting with the lightweight Proton Client which is installed on employee PCs throughout the enterprise. Invisible to end users, the Proton Client periodically pushes activity and inventory data to the Proton Server, a Windows Server …

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Under what type of scenarios would I use Proton?

Proton delivers tangible business value across many scenarios, including:   Migrating Browsers – Proton inventories all web applications, along with client browser environment data, and presents it in a graphical dashboard. Granular-level data, with line-item detail, helps identify and unblock …

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How does Proton specifically help with browser migration scenarios?

Proton helps an organization at several stages in the migration process. To start, Proton delivers a complete and detailed view of web applications used in the organization. It provides trend data along with granular-level, line-item details about web application and …

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How does Proton specifically help IT with the ongoing maintenance of web applications?

IT teams responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of client PCs need to make sure their environments are running smoothly as new client systems are added or re-imaged, OS and browser patches are deployed, and application licenses are audited. Additionally, on …

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How does Proton reduce IT security risk?

Proton helps reduce browser-based attack surfaces by enabling IT to see which applications need which add-ons and browser settings, correlating that information with which add-ons or settings are in use, thus helping identify gaps between the two. Using Proton, an …

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How does browser version compatibility impact my web applications?

Applications are designed with a given set of prerequisites or technical requirements. Those specifications are based upon versions and capabilities available at that point in time. Once delivered, the applications continue to require those dependencies, and changes to those components …

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Why is important to collect and analyze versions of Java or other ActiveX controls?

Having real-time data for all configurations and software components (such as versions of Java or other ActiveX controls) is critical for verifying and optimizing the systems, as well as improving their performance. Proton helps reduce attack surfaces by enabling IT …

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Why is it important to remove unused applications, browser add-ons, or extensions?

Proton identifies unused applications, browser add-ons, and extensions that can be disabled or uninstalled, such as older versions of Java (which has a long history of security updates that also impact web application compatibility). This helps reduce the potential for …

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Do I need additional data manipulation, programming, or other customization to get the data to analyze?

No. As the Proton client continually inventories the enterprise’s desktop PCs, it populates the graphical dashboards in the browser-based management interface. You’ll see a variety of graphs and charts that show web application usage and correlation data. Proton includes an …

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What data can I see in the Proton dashboard?

There are many different tables and charts in the dashboard that display valuable information such as what web applications users are accessing, how often they use those applications, how many active users access each application, usage trends over time, what …

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What reports can I see in the Proton Manager?

Proton reports on web or browser-based application usage and configuration information to deliver IT organizations the data they cannot get today with existing desktop management tools. There are many different tables and charts generated by the Proton Manager that display …

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How can I control or limit which web applications, browsers, etc., Proton analyzes?

In Proton’s management dashboard, you can easily customize dashboard views by adding rules about which domains to include, or conversely, which applications to ignore and not report on, such as commercial sites like Google and Wikipedia, and social networking sites …

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How do I access the Proton dashboard?

The Proton Manager is the online, password-protected management dashboard component of the solution. You can access Proton Manager from any modern web browser by visiting https://proton.browsium.com/manager and entering your username, password, and server name.

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What are the system requirements for Proton?

The following minimum system specifications are required to run Browsium Proton. System Requirements (minimum): Proton Express (evaluation kit) Operating System Windows 7 or later Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 or later .NET Framework Version 4.0 or later Additional Components Microsoft …

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Where do I manage Proton settings?

Proton client management settings and controls are all accessed through the Proton Manager. You can view a variety of tables and charts representing web application usage and correlation data in Proton’s browser-based dashboard, but you can also customize several key …

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What browser environments does Proton support?

Proton was built for the current enterprise PC landscape and user base that offers multiple browsers for either business requirements or end user preference. Proton supports multi-browser enterprise environments running Microsoft Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, and Mozilla Firefox …

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Doesn’t Microsoft Site Discovery do the data collection inventory already?

Microsoft Site Discovery Toolkit is designed as a single end point, data sample tool, not an enterprise ready management and reporting tool. Finding a way to make the information from Microsoft Site Discovery meaningful and usable can take weeks if …

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How large is the typical Proton database? Is there a limit or overwrite option?

We estimate that 10,000 clients with typical browsing activity over a 3 month period would result in a 5-7 GB database. The database size should scale linearly as more clients are added, assuming the new clients have roughly the same …

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How much resource time should I allocate to set-up Proton?

Deploying the lightweight Proton client should take minutes if done manually, but the MSI can also be scripted to install via software distribution systems if you prefer to package the software and deploy it using tools you already have in …

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Can I test drive Proton before I buy it?

Yes, you can give the Proton TestDrive a run. It’s a live site that you can log into to experience Proton’s reporting and analytics. A free Proton Evaluation Kit is also available here.

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How do I budget for Proton?

Pricing is based upon the number of client PCs in the organization, starting as low as a couple dollars per license. We provide pricing “bands” to simplify budgeting and planning and ensure a high value for the cost. Contact your …

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What’s the difference between Proton and Browsium’s other products – Ion and Catalyst?

Browsium Proton is an easy-to-use web application inventory and analytics solution. Browsium Ion is a web application remediation and Java management solution for enterprise. Browsium Catalyst is a multi-browser web traffic manager. All three products can be used together as …

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Can I use Browsium’s products together?

Yes. The Browsium browser management suite consists of Ion, Catalyst, and now Proton, and each module is designed to be complementary. Our suite provides enterprise IT with greater visibility into their web application and browser environment, and the control to optimize both web …

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What new features can I expect to be added to Proton in the future?

We will continue to innovate on enhanced functionality, particularly in the areas of reporting capabilities, configuration alerts, and additional browser setting data points.

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