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Daily Digest: August 22, 2008
Messaging & Collaboration

Barracuda Spam Firewall Rejects Invalid Non-Delivery Report Messages
New Invalid Bounce Suppression Feature Blocks Bounce Messages Resulting From Spoofing Attacks

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

Go Daddy Now Offers Unlimited Email Storage
Trends Show Email Popularity is Exploding - Go Daddy Responds with Storage Perks

Enterprises Can Easily Switch to High-performance Antivirus, VIPRE Enterprise
Sunbelt Software Offers New Licenses of VIPRE for Renewal Cost of Competitive AV solutions

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Microsoft IT Starts Using Exchange Hosted Services

Cast your mind back to the dark ages of 2005. It was three years ago that Microsoft acquired FrontBridge, a hosted -- or managed -- email security service provider in the same mold as Postini and MessageLabs. Since then, Postini was also acquired (by Google), BlackSpider is now part of Websence (via SurfControl), and MessageLabs is definitely not seeking to be acquired (ahem).

The FrontBridge technology was rather confusingly rebranded as Exchange Hosted Services (EHS) and offered to Exchange customers as a natural add-on -- indeed, it comes bundled with the Exchange 2007 Enterprise CAL.

Microsoft IT has always been a key player in the Exchange team's "dogfood" strategy (as in, "We eat our own dogfood"). So it was natural that it should use EHS. It's taken three years, but in June the switch was finally thrown -- EHS is now the first port of call for any Internet email destined for microsoft.com. This may sway some naysayers who argued against a Microsoft monoculture or believed that the company isn't best-placed to decide what is spam and what isn't.

Incidentally, EHS offers a penalty-backed service-level agreement of at least 95% effectiveness and no more than 0.0004% false positives. Using the industry-standard definitions, 0.0004% represents roughly one legitimate message filtered as spam per year for the average business user. We'd love to know if this is representative of EHS' actual accuracy these days -- we know it hasn't been in the past. Please send us your comments in the usual way; if you'd like to remain anonymous, feel free to email me. ... Richi Jennings



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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
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  • 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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