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Thursday, April 30, 2009
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Daily Digest: April 30, 2009
 
Compliance

Websense and Securosis Unveil Free Data Loss Prevention Resources for Executives  
Comment on Websense here

Survey of Spam Control Products, and Survey of Archiving Products -- See what others think of these products/services. If you add your own data, we will send you a summary of the findings.

Nemx Ensures Email Compliance For Force Protection, Inc.
SecurExchange Performs Real-time Content Inspection & Mailbox eDiscovery To Protect Over 1,000 Employees' Email

Lumension Extends its Leading Device Control Solution to Enhance Data and Endpoint Security for Microsoft System Center Customers
Lumension Partnership Extends Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager Customers Centralized Deployment and Management of Policies and Data Leakage Prevention

Messaging & Collaboration

Trend Micro Accelerates Dynamic Datacenter Security Strategy with Acquisition of Third Brigade
Customers to gain access to critical, industry-leading security and compliance solutions for physical and virtualized servers and endpoints
Comment on Trend Micro here

New MailShadow OnLine Offers Easy Sync Service
Online Sync Service Enables Easy Email Migration between Different Email Systems and Low-Cost Live Backup and Disaster Recovery

CyberPatrol Announces SiteSURV 3.5 – Customizable In The Cloud Managed Web Filtering For Small and Medium Businesses
Ability to Stop Employee Internet Abuse and Block Inappropriate Content and Illegal Downloads Reduces Liability and Security Threats for SMBs: Affordable In the Cloud Security Services Gain Traction

SpamTitan No1 in WINDOWSNETWORKING.COM Readers Choice Awards  

Introducing Panda Cloud Antivirus: The Industry's First Free Cloud-Based Antivirus Thin-Client Protection
Panda Cloud Antivirus introduces radically new protection model with lightweight thin-client agent and real-time scanning-from-the-cloud

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Exchange Providers Azaleos and M3TG Merge

Two companies in the MS Exchange ecosystem have merged:

  • Azaleos, founded in 2004, provides remote monitoring and management services for Exchange.
  • M3 Technology Group, founded in 2002, is a system integrator specializing in Exchange and Active Directory.

The announcement was made on March 16, 2009. The new company will be headed by the current Azaleos management team and will trade under the Azaleos brand.

Products, Facilities, and Competitors:

  • Combined Azaleos/M3TG is essentially Azaleos as before, with its Exchange remote management services, but with an expanded set of managed services and much stronger professional services.
  • Azaleos has more than 70 customers, and M3TG has a similar number. Customers include Chiquita, Alcon, Wendy’s/Arby’s, and Extended Stay.
  • Azaleos has its own monitoring and management software whereas M3TG used MS System Center.
  • Two NOCs, in Seattle (Azaleos) and Charlotte, NC (M3TG).
  • Main competitors are big systems integrators such as HP, EDS, IBM Global; Exchange hosting firms; and the status quo where customers continue to maintain their own on-premises Exchange systems.

Trading Performance:

  • Combined business has around 130 people.
  • Ferris Research estimates revenues of the combined business at $15M-$20M.
  • Azaleos and M3TG have seen year on year revenue growth but neither company has been trading profitably.
  • Ferris Research does not anticipate profitability in the near term.

Funding History and Transaction Summary:

  • Azaleos has had three funding rounds, the third in late 2008, totaling about $17M. We do not have any details for M3TG, but it appears they have had at least two funding rounds, perhaps on the order of $2M.
  • Azaleos received VC funding from Ignition and Second Avenue Partners and M3TG from Frontier Capital and Ed Crutchfield.
  • Deal based on a share exchange; no cash has changed hands. Azaleos shareholders clearly hold the majority of shares in the combined company.

Investor and Management Motivations:

  • They consider that the greater resources of the combined businesses will help attract more and larger customers.
  • M3TG's professional services and Active Directory expertise significantly enhance Azaleos's remote management capabilities.
  • Ferris Research believes that M3TG was financially distressed.

Ferris Research Comments:

  • It may be that the greater resources of the combined team will make it easier to garner large organization business and also to achieve profitability.
  • Azaleos's original business was to sell a remotely managed Exchange appliance; the market for this was limited and now its revenues are dominated by pure services.
  • Where organizations outsource Exchange support, they typically do so to large integrators, and where Exchange support is simply one aspect of a much larger contract. Azaleos and M3TG both are at a disadvantage in that they can only address a small part of such broad application portfolios. The merger will not resolve this competitive disadvantage.
  • It is now becoming practical to outsource Exchange to remotely hosted Exchange servers, through such major offerings as Microsoft Exchange Online. This presents a longer-term threat to Azaleos.
  • Azaleos/M3TG is a services business. These do not require a lot of capital, and should be able to grow organically. Thus we suggest that Azaleos/M3TG should perhaps cut its costs and get into profitability soon. That's healthy for a services firm.
  • All in all, the merger is a good step for Azaleos and helps build out an attractive services offering.

Points of Disagreement with This Bulletin:

  • Azaleos disagrees that big systems integrators (e.g., HP, EDS, IBM Global) are major competitors. VP Marketing Scott Gode says, "Companies frequently tell us before signing that the precise reason why Azaleos is interesting to them is because we are not a large SI/outsourcer and that they explicitly don't want to give all of their business to one company. Additionally, we supply our service to IBM who resells it under their brand."

... Mike Stackpoole and David Ferris

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About Ferris Research

Messaging. Collaboration. Compliance. Ferris Research analysts bring more experience in these areas than any other firm. Period.

Major areas of interest are email, archiving, e-discovery, information leak prevention, unified communications, instant messaging, SharePoint, and mobile communications. We help:

  • IT staff evaluate, implement, and maintain these technologies
  • Vendors understand the marketplace and its technologies; explain their products or services to the marketplace; and find strategic partners, raise funds, or sell their company
  • Investors find and evaluate investment opportunities

We've been in business since 1990-longer than any other analyst firm in our field:

  • Clients include many of the world's largest organizations as well as computer vendors from major corporations to small startups.
  • We have published more than 200 formal reports and 1,100 short bulletins.
  • Our news service has approximately 10,000 readers and covers more than 2,000 highly specialized announcements annually.
  • Our research team shares 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, where they're going, and their value.


Have news you want to share with us or product or interest area that you would like us to cover? Send press releases to releases@ferris.com.

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
  Apr 29, Daily Compliance & Messaging News
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Daily Digest: April 29, 2009
 
Compliance

C2C and BridgeHead Software partner to bring email archiving into 'one stop' healthcare
Email archiving completes healthcare data archiving solution that manages files, scanned patient documents, DICOM images and SharePoint data
Comment on C2C here

Survey of Spam Control Products, and Survey of Archiving Products -- See what others think of these products/services. If you add your own data, we will send you a summary of the findings.

PGP Encryption Platform Extends Support to IBM i for Power Systems
PGP Command Line for IBM Power Systems Provides Native Support for Secure File Transfers and Encryption at the Source

iCONECTnXT Enhances TERIS E-Discovery, Hosting, and Litigation Support Services  

Mimosa's Next-Generation Archive Solution Enables Government Organizations to Easily Adhere to the Whitehouse Memorandum on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
State and Local Governments Including State of Delaware, Palm Beach County, Madera County, City of Lenexa and City of Safety Harbor Standardize on Mimosa NearPoint as Part of Comprehensive Archiving Strategy to Ensure "Accountability through Transparency"
Comment on Mimosa here

Messaging & Collaboration

F-Secure and KPN strengthen partnership with Mobile Security
F-Secure and KPN, the largest mobile operator in the Netherlands, today further strengthened their partnership by adding mobile security to the F-Secure security products KPN already offers its customers

Agnitum's Outpost Firewall goes free
Agnitum delivers pure personal firewall defense free-of-charge

Goodmail Systems Announces DKIM-Based CertifiedEmail
Industry's Ultimate Anti-Phishing Solution Embraces Emerging Authentication Standard

Kroll Ontrack Announces Data Recovery Capabilities for MacMail and Entourage e-Mail Users  

NETGEAR And Mailshell Enter Agreement To Integrate Engine For Spam, Phishing And Reputation Filtering  

Info Security Products Guide Names Sendio's E-mail Security Platform a 2009 Award Winner
Sendio's ESP 360 Receives Global Product Excellence in Hardware Award and Tomorrow's Technology Today Awards

Blog Item(s)

Latest Buzz ... Email Archive Migration: Plan for Stubbing

We hear that Kazeon is in acquisition talks with Symantec. Any further information is welcome--please contact David Ferris at david.ferris@ferris.com or +1 415 367 3436.

Below are various active gossip threads on current events in the industry. To contribute information, follow the appropriate link or see our Gossip page for other vendor threads.


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Recent Messaging and Collaboration Fundings
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
8:30 a.m. Pacific, 11:30 a.m. Eastern, 4:30 p.m. U.K., 5:30 p.m. CET. One hour.

The severe global recession has made it difficult for emerging companies to raise money. The number of fundings is roughly half its normal rate, and valuations are similarly reduced. In this webcast, we speak with Marc Olson of Nayatek and Tal Golan of Sendio, two messaging companies that recently completed a funding round. They'll discuss, among other things, how they raised the money, the main investor concerns, and how the funds were used. They'll also provide advice on fund-raising do's and don'ts.

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

Recent Research

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About Ferris Research

Messaging. Collaboration. Compliance. Ferris Research analysts bring more experience in these areas than any other firm. Period.

Major areas of interest are email, archiving, e-discovery, information leak prevention, unified communications, instant messaging, SharePoint, and mobile communications. We help:

  • IT staff evaluate, implement, and maintain these technologies
  • Vendors understand the marketplace and its technologies; explain their products or services to the marketplace; and find strategic partners, raise funds, or sell their company
  • Investors find and evaluate investment opportunities

We've been in business since 1990-longer than any other analyst firm in our field:

  • Clients include many of the world's largest organizations as well as computer vendors from major corporations to small startups.
  • We have published more than 200 formal reports and 1,100 short bulletins.
  • Our news service has approximately 10,000 readers and covers more than 2,000 highly specialized announcements annually.
  • Our research team shares 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, where they're going, and their value.


Have news you want to share with us or product or interest area that you would like us to cover? Send press releases to releases@ferris.com.

Copyright © Ferris Research 2008.


 
Tuesday, April 28, 2009
  Apr 28, Daily Compliance & Messaging News
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Daily Digest: April 28, 2009
 
Compliance

Code Green Networks Announces Data Protection Act Data Leak Assessment Service
New Service Offering Quickly Identifies Data Leak Risks for Organisations Seeking to Comply with the Act
Comment on Code Green here

Survey of Spam Control Products, and Survey of Archiving Products -- See what others think of these products/services. If you add your own data, we will send you a summary of the findings.

Autonomy Reaches New Benchmark for Managing World's Largest Data Archive
More Than Ten Petabytes of E-Mail, Documents and Multimedia Data Securely Managed on 6,500 Servers
Comment on Autonomy here

Autonomy Delivers First-Ever Cloud-Based Web Content Compliance Solution
Largest Data Archive Combines with Leading Web Content Management Solution to Help Businesses Meet Increasing Global Regulatory Requirements
Comment on Autonomy here

Consonus Introduces SAFE: Secure Archiving for the Enterprise to Provide Hosted Email Archiving as a Managed Service
Robust Data Storage Solution Utilizes Symantec Enterprise Vault(TM) to Address Customer Demand for Industry Leading Technology in a Hosted Offering

Messaging & Collaboration

Untangle Introduces Premium Anti-Spam Solution with Commtouch Technology  

ProcessOne launches online marketplace for instant messaging services and applications  

Blog Item(s)

Latest Buzz ... Email Archive Migration: Plan for Stubbing

We hear that Kazeon is in acquisition talks with Symantec. Any further information is welcome--please contact David Ferris at david.ferris@ferris.com or +1 415 367 3436.

Below are various active gossip threads on current events in the industry. To contribute information, follow the appropriate link or see our Gossip page for other vendor threads.


Upcoming Webcasts

Recent Messaging and Collaboration Fundings
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
8:30 a.m. Pacific, 11:30 a.m. Eastern, 4:30 p.m. U.K., 5:30 p.m. CET. One hour.

The severe global recession has made it difficult for emerging companies to raise money. The number of fundings is roughly half its normal rate, and valuations are similarly reduced. In this webcast, we speak with Marc Olson of Nayatek and Tal Golan of Sendio, two messaging companies that recently completed a funding round. They'll discuss, among other things, how they raised the money, the main investor concerns, and how the funds were used. They'll also provide advice on fund-raising do's and don'ts.

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

Recent Research

Recent Reports Available:

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Recent Ferris Webcasts:

About Ferris Research

Messaging. Collaboration. Compliance. Ferris Research analysts bring more experience in these areas than any other firm. Period.

Major areas of interest are email, archiving, e-discovery, information leak prevention, unified communications, instant messaging, SharePoint, and mobile communications. We help:

  • IT staff evaluate, implement, and maintain these technologies
  • Vendors understand the marketplace and its technologies; explain their products or services to the marketplace; and find strategic partners, raise funds, or sell their company
  • Investors find and evaluate investment opportunities

We've been in business since 1990-longer than any other analyst firm in our field:

  • Clients include many of the world's largest organizations as well as computer vendors from major corporations to small startups.
  • We have published more than 200 formal reports and 1,100 short bulletins.
  • Our news service has approximately 10,000 readers and covers more than 2,000 highly specialized announcements annually.
  • Our research team shares 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, where they're going, and their value.


Have news you want to share with us or product or interest area that you would like us to cover? Send press releases to releases@ferris.com.

Copyright © Ferris Research 2008.


 
Monday, April 27, 2009
  Apr 27, Daily Compliance & Messaging News
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Daily Digest: April 27, 2009
 
Compliance

Clearwell E-Discovery Platform Deployed In-House at Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A.
Clearwell Delivers Cost-Effective and Defensible In-House E-Discovery
Comment on Clearwell here

Survey of Spam Control Products, and Survey of Archiving Products -- See what others think of these products/services. If you add your own data, we will send you a summary of the findings.

GFI products help UK charity to meet email compliance laws and to tackle spam  
Comment on GFI here

ESPC to Adopt Suppression File Encryption  

Apimac releases Encrypt Mail 1.0 for Mac OS X - Strong Email Encryption  

Messaging & Collaboration

Abaca's Industry-Leading Anti-Spam Solution Now Available for the World's Leading Service Providers
Abaca CLX Anti-spam Solution Essential for Email Service Providers with Millions of Users, Guarantees 99 Percent Accuracy in Email Filtering with Industry-Leading System Performance

Axceler Launches ControlPoint 3 for Microsoft SharePoint Administration
New Features Include Proactive Alerting, Moving Sites, and Scheduled Analysis

Mirapoint Messaging Products Solve All Aspects of Business Email Security and Archiving  

BoxSentry Launches Innovative Technology to Minimise Missing Business Email, Restore Email Integrity
Industry-first technology to protect legitimate business communications

Blog Item(s)

Carrier Messaging Vendor Bizanga Gets $8M Venture Funding

Bizanga makes highly scalable email management software that it sells to large telcos and other service providers. On February 17, 2009, it announced it had raised new equity funding of $8M.

Products and Competitors:

  • Sells email processing software to large telcos and messaging services providers.
  • Highly scalable, runs on loosely linked commodity PCs, works with a variety of third-party products to address such issues as spam and virus control, encryption, and archiving.
  • Main competitors are IronPort, Message Systems, and Openwave. Critical Path and Mirapoint are secondary competitors.
  • Acquired its first customer in November 2004; first U.S. customer, Cox Communications, a year later.

Trading Performance:

  • Company has healthy growth and has consistently operated at close to breakeven.

Funding History and Transaction Summary:

  • 2003: Founders provide $1 million.
  • 6/2006: 1 million euros/$1.5 million from Galileo Partners.
  • 12/2008: $8 million from Credit Agricole Private Equity, Galileo Partners.

Investor Interest and Motivations:

  • Company's success with Tier 1 service providers, such as Comcast and Telefonica, in North America and Europe.
  • Caliber of Bizanga's management team.

CEO Jerome Lecat's advice to other fund-seekers in today's climate is:

  • Funding marketplace will take a long time to revert to normal, probably not until late 2010.
  • Most U.S. funds are now investing only in their portfolio companies and early-stage ventures. European funds are more likely to invest in mid-stage companies.
  • Valuations are down. Had the round closed in June rather than December 2008, the valuation would have been 20% higher. Given that Bizanga is growing quickly, this may translate to Series B and C valuations being down 50% on six months to a year ago.
  • Series A funding valuations may be more or less unaffected, since investors recognize that the entrepreneur has to be properly motivated.
  • It appears that valuations are down less in Europe than in the United States: perhaps 20% down in Europe, compared with 50% down in the United States.
  • If at all possible, show a business that is profitable or that can be profitable if management chooses.
  • Expect the funding process to take at least six months.
  • Don't be too greedy with valuations.
  • Look to your earlier investors as a very good source for additional funding.

... David Ferris

(Comments?)


Latest Buzz ... Email Archive Migration: Plan for Stubbing

We hear that Kazeon is in acquisition talks with Symantec. Any further information is welcome--please contact David Ferris at david.ferris@ferris.com or +1 415 367 3436.

Below are various active gossip threads on current events in the industry. To contribute information, follow the appropriate link or see our Gossip page for other vendor threads.


Upcoming Webcasts

Recent Messaging and Collaboration Fundings
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
8:30 a.m. Pacific, 11:30 a.m. Eastern, 4:30 p.m. U.K., 5:30 p.m. CET. One hour.

The severe global recession has made it difficult for emerging companies to raise money. The number of fundings is roughly half its normal rate, and valuations are similarly reduced. In this webcast, we speak with Marc Olson of Nayatek and Tal Golan of Sendio, two messaging companies that recently completed a funding round. They'll discuss, among other things, how they raised the money, the main investor concerns, and how the funds were used. They'll also provide advice on fund-raising do's and don'ts.

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

Recent Research

Recent Reports Available:

For more reports, visit our reports page.

Recent Ferris Webcasts:

About Ferris Research

Messaging. Collaboration. Compliance. Ferris Research analysts bring more experience in these areas than any other firm. Period.

Major areas of interest are email, archiving, e-discovery, information leak prevention, unified communications, instant messaging, SharePoint, and mobile communications. We help:

  • IT staff evaluate, implement, and maintain these technologies
  • Vendors understand the marketplace and its technologies; explain their products or services to the marketplace; and find strategic partners, raise funds, or sell their company
  • Investors find and evaluate investment opportunities

We've been in business since 1990-longer than any other analyst firm in our field:

  • Clients include many of the world's largest organizations as well as computer vendors from major corporations to small startups.
  • We have published more than 200 formal reports and 1,100 short bulletins.
  • Our news service has approximately 10,000 readers and covers more than 2,000 highly specialized announcements annually.
  • Our research team shares 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, where they're going, and their value.


Have news you want to share with us or product or interest area that you would like us to cover? Send press releases to releases@ferris.com.

Copyright © Ferris Research 2008.


 
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