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Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

Computershare Selects Symantec for Data Loss Prevention Globally
Symantec to Help Financial Services Company Protect Customer Information and Meet Compliance Regulations Worldwide

Survey of Archiving Products -- Let us know what you think about the archiving products you use. If you add your own data, we will send you a summary of the findings. The survey just started--great if you can help get this off the ground by contributing your own policies

Survey of Retention Policies -- See the retention policies for various organizations here. If you add your own data, we will send you a summary of the findings

TIES' Deployment of Oracle Enterprise Content Management Software Earns High Grades from Minnesota School Districts
Award-Winning Offering Enables Schools to Simplify Processes, Reduce Storage Costs and Improve Management of Employee, Student and Organizational Records

metaLogic: Enforcer for the iSeries  

Messaging & Collaboration

Trend Micro ScanMail for Microsoft Exchange Named 'Best Of Tech-Ed 2008 IT Pro Awards Winner' by Windows IT Pro And SQL Server Magazines  

Agnitum's new Outpost Pro 2009 security line-up raises the bar for usability and performance  

Jinny Wins New Messaging Deal in the USA  

Optimus Selects NeuStar to Bring Converged Instant Messaging Services to Portugal  

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Hard to Filter Out Porn Images

It's hard to filter out pornographic images.

Clearswift is an early player in this field, and probably offers one of the best filters, which it calls ImageManager. As a practical matter, ImageManager catches about 80% or so of porn images. The problem is that things like kitchen cabinets can be hard to differentiate from a georgeous, flimsily clad woman ... er, at least, for a computer.

This doesn't mean the technology is useless. Clearswift customers find it useful for trend analysis. It can flag people who seem to be getting an unusual level of porn, so that they can be alerted to this, or a spot check can be made. ... David Ferris


Intradyn Email Archiving

Intradyn is an email archiving vendor. Here's a quick summary:

  • Sells two products:
    • Orca Email Archiver, aimed at organizations with up to about 500 employees. The active archive is not expandable beyond hard disk capacity (.5GB & 1TB), except you can offload older emails to tape and retain metadata searchable in the archive.
    • Compliance Vault, aimed at organizations with 500 to 5,000+ employees. Can expand the active archive (70+TB) and processing power, RAM, etc., by adding xSeries clustered storage (shipping Q3 2008).
  • Both are delivered as appliance.
  • Main focus is email archiving; some instant messaging support provided.
  • 75% of business is through OEMs such as Mirapoint, Secure Computing, and Tangent; 25% of business is direct.
  • Financials not disclosed. Ferris Research estimates revenues at $5 million annually. CEO Brent Bowlby says revenues are growing at 100% annually.
  • Competitors include Mimosa, Symantec, and sometimes ArcMail and Barracuda.

Strengths include:

  • Works with many email systems: Exchange, Notes/Domino, GroupWise, pure POP/IMAP, etc.
  • Outlook plugin provides very natural end-user experience. Includes tools for Exchange PST file migration and also restores back to message store.
  • Support for Japanese characters; Korean and Chinese soon to be available.
  • Use of Sony's distribution channel.
  • Attachment de-duplication; reduces the message store by about 80%.
  • Can quickly bring on new OEM; experience in providing OEM support.

... David Ferris



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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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