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Messaging & Collaboration

Agnitum unleashes new Spam Terrier 2.0
Still free, and now compatible with Vista mail, The Bat! and 64-bit clients

Return Path Acquires Habeas--Your Input Requested

Proofpoint Acquires Fortiva--Your Input Requested

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

ICM Selects Webroot Email Security SaaS For Advanced Business Continuity  

Dakota Software Announces Technology Licensing Agreement with Sunbelt Software for Comprehensive Email Security Solution
Innovative VIPRE Anti-malware Technology Is Core of New Email Protection Suite

Cisco Announces Definitive Agreement to Acquire PostPath
PostPath's Email and Calendaring Software to Enhance Cisco's WebEx Collaboration Platform

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Cisco Acquires PostPath
Request for Information

We are writing a report on this transaction. If you have any information that you think might be relevant, we'd like to hear from you. Please contact David Ferris at +1 (415) 367-3436, or david.ferris@ferris.com. Unless you indicate otherwise, we’ll assume all communications are confidential.

We're especially interested in information that is typically not disclosed, such as the following:

  • Nature of the $215m payment (eg, cash, equity, pay off debts)
  • Price/revenue ratio
  • Return for common and privileged stockholders
  • Valuations and amounts of funding rounds
  • Other bidders, how the sale was negotiated
  • PostPath revenue and expenses history
  • # real paying customers of PostPath


Cisco to Buy Exchange-Alternative Vendor PostPath

Suddenly, things are getting interesting again in the Exchange-alternatives market.

The quintessential growth-by-acquisition specialist, Cisco, has just announced that it's acquiring PostPath.

Once again, Cisco makes a sound investment in an email technology vendor. Just like it did with IronPort. Great choice.

PostPath is the vendor who reverse-engineered the Exchange client protocol, MAPI/RPC, and the related on-the-wire details needed to make a vanilla install of Outlook talk to a non-Exchange mail server with full fidelity. It's an impressive feat.

Of all the other Exchange alternatives, PostPath has the most interesting architecture. And I say that as one who has years emotionally invested in the OpenMail technology!

All the others rely on additional software on the desktop. In the case of OpenMail/SamsungContact/Scalix/Domino/etc., a MAPI service provider "plugin". Or, like Bynari/OpenXchange/etc., a separate app that synchronized an IMAP store with an Outlook.PST (personal store file).

We think Cisco fell out of love with Microsoft a while back. Something to do with VoIP support in Exchange and how Cisco thought it was Microsoft's partner but it turned out that Microsoft was competing with them.

Sounds like Cisco wants to offer SaaS collaboration, based on PostPath and WebEx. Whoever said the email world has become dull and uninteresting?

... Richi Jennings, with thanks to Jeff Brainard for the tip

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