Our Top Picks

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Atera
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, Android, iPhone
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), online, phone during business hours
  • Reports

Atera is a full-featured solution for managed service providers (MSP) that provides patch management, remote monitoring and access, network discovery, and other related tools. It works best when used as a complete package — and is more cost-effective — rather than using it as a stand-alone patch management solution. Atera is capable of relatively in-depth customization and scripting, including a library of user-made scripts to automate various tasks, and all scripts can be cloned and edited to suit the individual business.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Part of a larger MSP platform
  • Network discovery
  • Remote access

Cons

  • The all-in-one style may not be cost-effective

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Pro - $79 USD / mo
    • Growth - $119 USD / mo
    • Power - $149 USD / mo
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Offers a free trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    24/7 (Live Rep)
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Remote Access/Control
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, Android, iPhone
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), online, phone during business hours
  • Reports
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Automox
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS
  • Customer service: Online, phone during business hours
  • Custom patches

Automox is a cloud-based patch management platform that excels in ease of use and risk management. It focuses largely on hardening targets, quickly deploying patches for vulnerabilities, and otherwise increasing efficiency. One of its most important features is its ability to enforce security configurations across Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems with high visibility of devices and virtual endpoints. Patch testing is also highly configurable, which helps businesses deploy changes at an appropriate pace that avoids conflicts.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Automated policy enforcement
  • Remove and blacklist unwanted software
  • Functions on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems

Cons

  • Complete inventory report unavailable at first price point
  • No mobile apps

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • Patch - $3.00, per device per month, billed annually
    • Manage - $5.00, per device per month, billed annually
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Offers a free trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Remote Access/Control
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS
  • Customer service: Online, phone during business hours
  • Custom patches
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ManageEngine Patch Manager Plus
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, Android, iPhone
  • Customer service: Online, phone during business hours
  • Reports

ManageEngine Patch Manager Plus provides patching support for devices running on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems, although Linux is only supported via on-premises deployment. This software comes ready with integrations for over 650 updates that cover the most popular service providers and third-party applications. Patch Manager Plus can test patches for security risks and provide thorough reports.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Enterprise-level patching solution
  • Many third-party integrations

Cons

  • No cloud patch management support for Linux

Summary

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ManageEngine Patch Manager Plus
  • Starting Price
    • Upto 20 Computers - Annual Free
    • 50 - $34.5 Monthly; Annual $345
    • 100 - $59.5 Monthly; Annual $595
    • 250 - $119.5 Monthly; Annual $1,195
    • 500 - $214.5 Monthly; Annual $2,145
    • 1000 - $379.5 Monthly; Annual $3,795
    • 2500 - $784.5 Monthly; Annual $7,845
    • 5000 -
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Offers a free trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Remote Access/Control
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, Android, iPhone
  • Customer service: Online, phone during business hours
  • Reports
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NinjaRMM
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, Android, iPhone
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), online, phone during business hours
  • Reports

NinjaRMM is a full-featured solution that covers patch management, remote access, monitoring, and notifications. The dashboard is well designed, using a panel structure that's easy to customize, and can show device health, system event logs, current actions, and other important at-a-glance updates. NinjaRMM integrates with Teamviewer to streamline the process of remote access and control of connected devices, and it's relatively easy to integrate with other services and software. Enterprise-level antivirus deployment is also available.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Scripting based on triggers, scheduled events, and on-demand
  • Remote access tools
  • Training and onboarding available

Cons

  • Pricing is less clearly defined than competing software

Summary

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NinjaRMM
  • Starting Price
    • NinjaRMM pricing starts at $3.00 per month.
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Offers a free trial
  • Deployment
    Installed - Mac
    Installed - Windows
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    24/7 (Live Rep)
    Business Hours
    Online
  • Remote Access/Control
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Mac, Windows, web-based, cloud, SaaS, Android, iPhone
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), online, phone during business hours
  • Reports
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SolarWinds Patch Manager
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS, Android, iPhone
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), online
  • Reports

SolarWinds Patch Manager is a stand-alone software package from one of the biggest names in the industry. It's designed for large-scale usage, and the cost may be prohibitive for small businesses. This software excels in management of Windows servers and workstations — including full support for Microsoft WSUS and SCCM — and has a range of features for deploying patches and monitoring third-party software. SolarWinds Patch Manager can also help businesses with auditing and compliance.

Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Capable of managing thousands of nodes
  • Organize, patch, and manage virtual machines

Cons

  • May not be cost-effective for many businesses

Summary

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SolarWinds Patch Manager
  • Starting Price
    • Patch Manager is licensed on a per node basis. License with first year maintenance starting at $3
    • 617 for up to 250 nodes.
  • Free Trial/Demo
    Offers a free trial
  • Deployment
    Web-Based, Cloud, SaaS
    iPhone / iPad
    Android
  • Support Options
    24/7 (Live Rep)
    Online
  • Remote Access/Control
    Yes
Features
  • Deployment: Web-based, cloud, SaaS, Android, iPhone
  • Customer service: 24/7 (live rep), online
  • Reports

How We Chose the Best Patch Management Software

We've put together a shortlist of the best patch management software for 2021 based on the following three criteria.

Patch Management Features

The core feature list is one of the most important elements we checked for in determining the best patch management software. We chose software that has the most relevant and required functions, such as automation, scheduled events, monitoring and external scripts. This category also includes vulnerability scanning and other features that aren't specific to patch management.

Integrations

The ideal solution for any individual business is one that integrates well with existing systems. This can range from very general integrations, such as Windows updates, to software, codecs, drivers, and other content. Businesses with custom software and other specific requirements may need to take extra care in the integration stage.

Reports

Simple, clean dashboards and in-depth reporting are both equally important features we used to evaluate the best patch management software. With the right tools, the IT department can see at a glance whether the latest updates and security patches have been deployed and to what extent. High-quality reports and ongoing monitoring are essential to any business attempting to streamline and automate systems.