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Bank of Taiwan Selects Blue Coat for Accelerating, Controlling and Securing Web Access
ProxySG Appliances Manage Web Usage, Accelerate Content, Reduce Bandwidth Consumption and Protect Against Malware for Leading Taiwan Bank

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

Mi5 Networks Extends Web Perimeter Protection with Powerful Application Control Capabilities
Version 4.0 Adds Control for More Than One Hundred Applications and Protocols; Botnet Geolocation; Centralized Management Appliances; and ICAP/UFP Support

 
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Fortiva's Hosted Archiving
Here's an update on Fortiva, which offers hosted email archiving:

  • Main service offering is Fortiva Archiving Suite. Email archiving, lots of e-discovery services, storage management. Typical cost is $1-$2/mailbox/month.
  • SmartStore. This is a subset of the Archiving Suite, with more limited e-discovery capabilities. Typically about $1/month.
  • Services mainly aimed at companies with 1,000 mailboxes or more.
  • Privately held; revenues not disclosed. Ferris Research estimates current run rate as $9 million/year.
  • 50% of revenues go through partners. Microsoft Online Services is the largest OEM.
  • Fortiva mainly competes with high-end customer premises email archiving solutions from Symantec, EMC, and CA.

The services have some important competitive strengths:

  • A nice encryption architecture, addressing customers' privacy concerns.
  • High-performance search, using a modern distributed search architecture.
  • Tight integration with the customer's internal systems. In particular, there's tight integration with Active Directory, so users sign on with normal ID and password, and policy definition can use AD groups and distribution lists.

... David Ferris

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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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