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Daily Digest: March 20, 2008

New Avaya Unified Communications Services Help Companies Excel in Era of Virtual Business
New UC Business Consulting Practice, Broad Partner Ecosystem and Ongoing Support Help Businesses Gain Full Productivity and Customer Service Benefits of UC

Email Support Staff Size Survey. Go here to see email support headcounts for many organizations. If you add your own data, we will send you a summary of the findings

Retention Policies Survey. Go here to participate in a roundtable discussion on retention policies for electronically stored information. If you contribute your own experience, we will send you a summary of the findings. Discussion just started so great if you can help get this off the ground

Wadja.com Delivers Mobile Email and SMS Into Newly Launched Social Messaging Platform
Wadja.com launches its new and innovative social messaging service, allowing users to deliver and receive web messages, emails or SMS Texts on any mobile device or PC Notebook with complete control of their sending and receiving list, leading to a SPAM free messaging environment

Trend Micro Media Advisory: Have You Been Invited to the Meeting
Trend Micro Warns against New Type of Spam

Perimeter eSecurity Launches the First and Only On Demand, Layered IT Security Solution for Healthcare Organizations
Perimeter's ePHISecurity Ensures the Security of Electronic Protected Health Information and Compliance with Government Regulations

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Sendmail's Data Leak Prevention
We were recently updated by Don Massaro, Sendmail's CEO. The firm is evolving a data leak prevention offering. In summary:

  • Embodied as appliance or VMware.
  • Filters email, all main instant messaging protocols, FTP, http.
  • Provides for policy-based monitoring and control at the network boundary.
  • Appliance provides for very high traffic volumes.
  • Also provides MTA; policy-based encryption; and spam, virus, and phishing control.


  • Sendmail is strong at the boundary. It's a household word among a small but important group of people--those who deal with high-volume corporate email systems.
  • With its DLP angle, the company must now build credibility among other types of corporate staff, including legal, HR, and compliance. In part, Sendmail seeks to do this through partnerships with risk management solution providers, such as Archer.
  • Email is clearly the most important vehicle for data leak prevention, and Sendmail should have a strength here. Our sense is that the firm's support for non-email protocols is still at the early stages. There is limited processing of data at rest.
  • Given its strength at the boundary, Sendmail, reasonably enough, wishes to avoid providing technology for desktops and individual corporate messaging servers. However, this does limit its DLP capabilities, such as checking for internal leaks, or leaks on to USB sticks or printouts.
  • We estimate Sendmail revenues at about $25 million annually.

... David Ferris



Upcoming Reports & Events

Picking the Right Archiving Policies
Wednesday, March 26, 2008
8:30am Pacific, 11:30am Eastern, 3:30pm UK, 4:30pm CET. One hour.

Corporate policies on what electronic material should be archived are in a state of flux. In this webinar, Bob Little of RenewData, a leading provider of e-discovery and electronically stored information risk management services, and Ferris analyst David Ferris discuss the pros and cons of archiving a given piece of electronic information, current thinking on what electronic information should and should not be archived, the reasons for these policies, and how archiving policies are evolving. The event concludes with a Q&A session. Note: Because of differences in the start of Daylight Saving Time, the webinar begins one hour earlier than usual in Europe.

To register for the webinar, click here. For more information, click here.

Determining the Right Retention Policies
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
8:30am Pacific, 11:30am Eastern, 4:30pm UK, 5:30pm CET. One hour.

Organizations vary considerably with regard to their policies on how long to retain electronic information before deleting it. In this webinar, we discuss laws and regulations that affect retention policy, internal corporate policies and other things to consider when determining retention policy, how to define a retention policy, the main retention policies in place today, and how retention policies are changing. The event concludes with a Q&A session.

To register for the webinar, click here. For more information, click here.

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About Ferris Research

Ferris Research studies messaging, and the control of electronic information. More specifically, we help IT staff evaluate and implement products and services that:

  • Provide messaging and collaborative technologies
  • Archive electronic information
  • Ensure compliance with corporate policy, industry regulations, and laws
  • Facilitate e-discovery, and contain its costs
  • Reduce the dangers of information leaks

Email is the most important type of electronic information that requires control today. Other important types include instant messages, Sharepoint teamspaces, images, voice, video, and miscellaneous desktop files.

We've been in business since 1990--longer than any other analyst firm in our field:

  • Clients include 300 of the world's 1,000 largest organizations, and computer vendors from the largest corporations to small startups
  • While other analysts have come and gone, we've published more than 200 formal reports and 1,100 short bulletins
  • Our news service covers more than 2,000 highly specialized announcements annually
  • We have nine experts in our research team, sharing many decades of experience in our core competencies

In short, our technology and industry depth helps you understand today's products, where they've come from and where they're going.

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