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Daily Digest: October 14, 2008
Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

CommVault Showcases Data and Information Management Leadership at SNW Fall 2008
CommVault to Demonstrate Simpana 7.0 Software, Participate in Hand-On Lab and Drive Discussions on Maintaining Compliance
Comment on Commvault here

Survey of Costs of Microsoft Unified Communications -- If you’re using Microsoft’s UC functionality, we'd love to hear from you

Survey of Spam Control Products and Survey of Archiving Products -- Let us know what you think about the archiving and spam control products you use. If you add your own data, we will send you a summary of the findings.

STORServer, Inc. Announces New Email Archiving Appliance, Powered by Mimosa NearPoint
New Appliance Offers a Robust, Yet Simple Approach to Archiving, eDiscovery, Recovery and Storage Management for Enterprise Businesses
Comment on Mimosa here

HP Strengthens Security Portfolio with New Disk Encryption and Key Management Solutions  
Comment on HP here

Iron Mountain Acts to Improve Health of Hospital Medical Records
Extensive diagnostic assessment helps hospitals move to electronic health records
Comment on Iron Mountain here

Blue Coat Introduces Industry's First Secure Communications Link to Protect Sensitive Data in Branch Offices
Blue Coat Interoperates with Leading Data Loss Prevention Vendors to Provide Customers with Flexible Solutions for Protecting Sensitive Data
Comment on Blue Coat here

Messaging & Collaboration

California Based Analytic Approach Selects Zrinity's On-Premise Email Systems & Services
California firm selects New York based Zrinity for business-critical email systems

Resource Central 3.0 Released  

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Update on Cisco/IronPort S-Series

IronPort is now part of Cisco's Security Technology Business Unit. It's still operating as a largely independent unit. IronPort's main business is still its C-Series anti-spam appliances, although its Web filtering business (i.e., the S-Series) is also important.

General availability for the S-Series appliance was 1Q07.

Technology Summary

  • Scans Web traffic (unlike the C-Series, which scans email).
  • Filters out "bad" URLs and IP addresses.
  • Spyware control.
  • Blocks malicious phone-home software.
  • Blocks malware in general.
  • Filters viruses and malware using conventional file signatures.
  • Initial filtering done using SenderBase reputation service.
  • S-Series is expected to generate about $100M of revenues for July 2008 to June 2009.
  • The latest announcement is for exploit filtering. This is where the bad guys insert a Trojan at a trusted Web site, such as Amazon or Hotmail or your bank's Web site, and which users thus unsuspectingly download.
  • McAfee signatures are built in for virus control, and Webroot is used for URL fitering.

Typical Pricing

  • Lowest-end appliance is around $7,000.
  • For 1,000 users in a single location, customers generally opt for a dual appliance bundle for active-active redundancy. This bundle includes two IronPort S-Series appliances, IronPort URL Filtering, IronPort Web Reputation, and IronPort Anti-Malware Filters. All bundles include IronPort reporting software and Platinum Support. The two appliances, with three years of service, cost $128,320 list.

Main Competition

Main Competitive Strengths as Perceived by IronPort

  • Use of reputation service; this is a very reliable and computationally inexpensive process.
  • Better throughput on a given device.
  • Web and email threat control consolidated onto a single appliance.
  • Filtering for phone-home software.

Other Comments

  • IronPort's focus is on email and Web threat control. Other Cisco products provide for the control of other types of electronic information, such as instant messaging and data at rest.
  • However, integrating the different control technologies is difficult.
  • Unified management across many different threat vectors would also be of great value.

... David Ferris



Upcoming Reports & Events

Email Archiving: On-Premises vs. SaaS
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008
8:30 a.m. Pacific, 11:30 a.m. Eastern, 4:30 p.m. U.K., 5:30 p.m. CET. One hour.

You can provide email archiving through a hosted service (or SaaS) or by means of an on-premises solution. On-premises solutions are either an appliance or software installed on standard computing equipment.

In this webcast, Ferris senior analyst David Ferris and Mimecast’s Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mary Kay Roberto, discuss the strengths and challenges of hosted and on-premises approaches. Mary Kay and David Goldberg, Mimecast’s Director of Sales Engineering, also briefly explain their company’s SaaS offering. The event concludes with a Q&A period.

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

TCO of Microsoft-Based Unified Communications
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008
8:30 a.m. Pacific, 11:30 a.m. Eastern, 4:30 p.m. U.K., 5:30 p.m. CET. One hour.

In this webcast, Ferris Research analyst Richi Jennings and Unison CMO Rurik Bradbury discuss the total cost of ownership (TCO) of Microsoft’s approach to unified communications. You will learn how to model and estimate unified communications costs in your own environment. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

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

Emerging Technology: Messaging, Compliance, E-Discovery, and Content Control
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008
8:30 a.m. Pacific, 11:30 a.m. Eastern, 4:30 p.m. U.K., 5:30 p.m. CET. One hour.

In this event, David Ferris introduces three new or newish vendors that he finds interesting or innovative in the overlapping fields of compliance, content control, and data leak prevention. Each vendor's speaker briefly describes the company's business; then David and the speaker discuss the business and its industry context. A Q&A period follows.

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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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