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Daily Digest: October 7, 2008
Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

Nexsan Releases New Archiving System Specifically Designed for Storage-as-a-Service Providers
New Green Archive System Ensures Privacy, Increases Scalability and Amortizes Archiving Costs Across Greater Number of Users; Financial Services IT Specialist Jack Henry & Associates First to Offer Hosted Service

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.

RSA to Launch Channel Program for Data Loss Prevention
RSA Channel Partners to Benefit from Increased Opportunity to Market, Sell and Implement Data Loss Prevention Solutions

Recommind Positioned in Visionaries Quadrant in Information Access Technology Magic Quadrant  

Proofpoint Introduces its Next-generation Email Security and Data Loss Prevention Platform, Available for On-demand, On-premises and Hybrid Deployments
Enhanced Backscatter Spam Protection, Internationalization and Data Loss Prevention Features Provide Enhanced Security, Improved Ease-of-Use, Reduced TCO

The City of London Selects Open Text to Deliver Corporate-Wide Records Management and Archiving
The Solution Will Provide A Single, Trusted Source of Information to Help Improve Services and Efficiency

Locus Introduces eTask for Real-Time Messaging and Notification, Simplifying Compliance Management
Retooled and revamped, notification and messaging layer, rounds out Locus' environmental solutions suite

Verizon Selects Guidance Software's EnCase eDiscovery on a Pay-Per-Use Basis  

Messaging & Collaboration

Finjan Awarded New Patent for Security Technology that Protects Computers From Hostile Downloadables
The European Patent Office Has Granted Finjan a New Patent for Security Technology that Provides Businesses with Features for Protecting Their Computers from Malware

PlantCML Chooses Secure Computing's Secure Firewall to Protect Next Generation 9-1-1 Call Centers
Secure Firewall Allows Emergency Responders to Upgrade to VoIP Technology Without Compromising Security

Sasfin Holdings rolls out Mimecast Unified Email Management
Sasfin Holdings rolls out Mimecast Unified Email Management across 450 users in all five divisions

GoDaddy.com Launches New Hosted Microsoft Exchange Plans for Access on the Go
New service gives SMBs access to hosted e-mail and calendar, as well as support for mobile devices

Blog Item(s)

Snapshot: Striata's E-Billing and Presentment

Striata offers an e-billing and payment service.

Technology Summary

  • You send Striata the same file you send to your print provider.
  • The Striata service handles document creation/manipulation, intelligent marketing insertion, and electronic delivery, which is by an emailed PDF document or HTML attachment.
  • PDFs and HTML attachments are encrpyted.
  • The PDFs are navigable and interactive. Customers can pay by interacting directly with the offline document.
  • Striata also provides deliverability services.

Illustrative Pricing

  • $0.05 to $0.20 per document per user delivered to.

Main Types of Customer

  • Financial services firms, telcos, utilities.

Finances, Other Statistics

  • Founded 1998.
  • Sells exclusively through channels. These include:
    • Payment processors, such as Chase Paymentech, Western Union Payment Services, Online Resources.
    • Systems integrators, such as Unisys, BearingPoint.
    • Print providers, such as CSG Systems.
  • Privately held. Ferris Research estimates revenues at $10M to $15M annually.
  • Company says it's growing at 40% to 50% annually.
  • No outside funding; all growth from profits.
  • Profitable.
  • 92 staff.

Other Comments

  • Striata's technology is always used in combination with the end customer's ability to go to a Web site and view account information. That is, the end customer benefits by the push of email-based presentment, but the customer's experience is always augmented by the ability to visit the provider's Web site.
  • Email-based billing makes enormous sense. However, many vendors have tried before in this market, and failed. Striata appears to be doing something right, based on what the company tells us.
  • It's nice that users can interact with the bills, and pay by interacting with bills.

... David Ferris



Upcoming Reports & Events

Emerging Technology: Messaging, Compliance, E-Discovery, and Content Control
Wednesday, Oct. 8, 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 he or she and David discuss the business and its industry context. A Q&A period follows.

The vendors and products are Clearswift's IMAGEmanager, for image detection within email; Isode's M-Box Gateway, a POP-to-IMAP email gateway that gives end users IMAP (push) access to POP email accounts; and Keibi Technologies' platform for analyzing and categorizing user generated content (UGC).

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

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.

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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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