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Daily Digest: July 1, 2009
 
Compliance

Mailspect MPP Adopts Sphinx Index Engine
Leading Email Archiving Solution Adopts Sphinx, a free Open Source SQL Indexing Engine Offering Scalable Archive Search and Fast Retrieval

Mimosa Systems Expands proactive eDiscovery Capabilities With Industry's Most Comprehensive Enterprise Archiving Solution
New Mimosa NearPoint Solution Expedites eDiscovery, Adds Multiple Capture Methods, and Provides End-users Offline Access to Archived Content

Messaging & Collaboration

BizCom Launches Hosted Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2 Upgrade
Providing Secure and Reliable Enterprise-Class eCommunication Solutions in a Hosted Environment

Momail wins prestigious global mobile messaging award
Momail's focus on providing consumers with the best mobile email service available is recognized with a prestigious Mobile Messaging award from leading industry group, 160Characters Association
Webroot Enhances Web, Email and Data Security with New SaaS Releases
Updates to Webroot security services provide quota support to manage Internet use policies and a new policy-based encryption service to secure sensitive email communications
StopBadware.org, Sunbelt Software Partner to Fight Badware
New Data Will Allow Broader Reach, Richer Analysis
Blog Item(s) & Announcements

GTB Inspector: Data Leak Prevention

GTB Technologies makes a data leak prevention product called GTB Inspector. It's recently been revamped. Here's a summary:

  • Appliance dynamically scans all protocols and ports over a network link.
  • Can log/quarantine/block/redact offending material.
  • Policy-based encryption.
  • Also scans endpoints; e.g., for downloads to detachable USB drive.
  • Main competition: Symantec/Vontu, McAfee/Reconnex.
  • Does real-time content checking so can catch material on the fly.
  • Pricing: $20,000 for base unit, plus user pricing (e.g., $49.94/user for 500 users, $32.25/user for 10,000 users).
  • Company is privately held.

Comments:

  • The DLP market is still very small, despite plenty of hype. Most vendors have very small revenues. For example, one of the more visible players, Reconnex, was doing about $4M/year when it was sold to McAfee in late 2008. Ferris Research estimates that the market for DLP solutions does not currently exceed $100M.
  • GTB was missed in the recent wave of acquisitions of DLP products, in which EMC/RSA acquired Tablus, Symantec acquired Vontu, Websense acquired PortAuthority, and more recently McAfee acquired Reconnex. Vericept and GTB are some of the independents left.
  • CEO Uzi Yair believes the major strengths of the product are:
    • Greater accuracy than with competing technologies. This may very well be the case; with an hour's demonstration of the product, we were unable to corroborate the assertion. If he's right, this would be an important advantage. Inaccuracy is a major problem with today's data leak prevention technology. We're tentatively skeptical about the assertion of greater accuracy; we'd be delighted to be proven wrong.
    • The ability to block material in real time. Yair says his competitors can't do this; they can only log offending material. We're surprised at this, but if his assertion about the competitors is correct, we'd agree it's an important strength.
    • The product scans all ports and protocols; Yair asserts, again to our surprise, that the competition doesn't do this. If they don't, they should.

... David Ferris

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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

Veritas Acquires KVS: In Retrospect
Wednesday, July 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.

In September 2004, Veritas Software purchased KVS for its email archiving product, Enterprise Vault. Veritas merged with Symantec, and thus the product is now Symantec's Enterprise Vault, the market-leading archiving software. In this webcast, we discuss the Veritas/KVS acquisition with key individuals involved. Topics include KVS's history, KVS's motivations for being acquired, Veritas' motivations for the acquisition, how the negotiations took place, the terms of the transaction, what went well, what was more difficult than anticipated, and lessons learned.

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

Major areas of interest are email, spam and malware control, 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 2009.


 
  Jun 30, Daily Compliance & Messaging News
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Daily Digest: June 30, 2009
 
Compliance

Marshal8e6 Helps K-12 Districts Comply with Federal Regulations
Marshal8e6 Adds ArcMail Email Archiving to Lineup; Provides Comprehensive Solution for Security and Compliance

Trend Micro and Origo secure e-mail services for UK life and pensions sector
Advanced encryption techniques deliver confidence in secure email communications

Websense Positioned as a Leader in Magic Quadrant for Content-Aware Data Loss Prevention  
Perimeter Launches Correlative Security Engine to Manage Cost, Complexity, Compliance Pressures in Real Time
Viewpoint 2.0 also has Breakthrough Compliance Profiler that Automatically Calculates and Prioritizes Security Risks
Tarmin Technologies Receives "One to Watch" Award
Readers of Storage Magazine Recognize Tarmin's GridBank for Innovative Technology and Entrepreneurial Strength
Messaging & Collaboration

USA.NET Unveils Enhanced Commercial Messaging Service 2.0
Industry's Most Cost-Effective Hosted Email Solution Built on Proven and Feature Rich Technology

Blog Item(s) & Announcements

AtMail: Extremely Inexpensive Email Appliance

AtMail offers an email appliance:

  • Provides POP/IMAP server, Webmail client, email archiving.
  • Linux-based with open standard components.
  • Pricing is a one-time license. Base product is $300; then per-user cost which is typically $0.10/user/year.
  • Appearance can be customized.
  • Professional services also available.
  • AtMail is privately held, with no external funding, and is profitable. Ferris Research estimates revenues at $1M to $2M/year.
  • Customers include ISPs, education, health care organizations.

Comments:

  • You can see that this offering would be especially attractive to ISPs in developing countries, with extremely tight budgets. AtMail clients include ISPs in such places as Yemen, Rwanda, Pakistan, and often sends an engineer to customer sites for a week for implementation support.
  • Your editor loves to go to developing countries and position with AtMail.
  • This company sounds like fun. CTO Jason Brown lives in Montana, and CEO Ben Duncan likes to go off to the Australian outback with solar panels and satellite links. All the same, I bet they work very very hard.

... David Ferris

(Comments?)


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

Veritas Acquires KVS: In Retrospect
Wednesday, July 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.

In September 2004, Veritas Software purchased KVS for its email archiving product, Enterprise Vault. Veritas merged with Symantec, and thus the product is now Symantec's Enterprise Vault, the market-leading archiving software. In this webcast, we discuss the Veritas/KVS acquisition with key individuals involved. Topics include KVS's history, KVS's motivations for being acquired, Veritas' motivations for the acquisition, how the negotiations took place, the terms of the transaction, what went well, what was more difficult than anticipated, and lessons learned.

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, spam and malware control, 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 2009.


 
Monday, June 29, 2009
  Jun 29, Daily Compliance & Messaging News
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Daily Digest: June 29, 2009
 
Compliance

Top Analyst Firm Positions RSA in Leaders Quadrant for Data Loss Protection
Security Division of EMC Receives Evaluation Based on Ability to Execute and Completeness of Vision

Symantec Positioned in the Leaders Quadrant of Leading Industry Analyst Firm's Magic Quadrant for Content-Aware Data Loss Prevention
Position based on ability to execute and completeness of vision

Messaging & Collaboration

Top Class Email Technology Streamlines Processes for the Education Sector  

SmartSearch v13.1 Updates Include Gmail Integration, Enhancements for MAC Users, and Free Mobile Access on iPhone, BlackBerry or Other Hand-Held Devices
Advanced Personnel Systems adds functionality to communication tools for mobile recruiting and improves capabilities for users on FireFox browser

Franklin Covey Standardizes Its Email Platform with Zrinity  

CTS Announces Partnership with Trend Micro  

BitDefender Security for Mail Servers Voted Second Runner-up in WindowSecurity.com's Readers Choice Awards
Readers of leading Window's security site vote BitDefender in one of the top placements in Email Antivirus category
MSI (Kunshan) Sighed Contract with Anchiva for Anti-malware Service
Zenprise introduces support for Palm Smartphones, including Palm Pre
First Enterprise Solution to Automate Management of BlackBerry, iPhone, Windows Mobile and Palm
Blog Item(s) & Announcements

Exchange 2010 Archiving: Storage Management Issues

Exchange 2010 is the next version of Exchange Server. It is due for release at the end of 2009 or early 2010. Exchange 2010 includes many new features and enhancements for archiving.

It's early days for Exchange built-in archiving, and storage management is an important area in which it falls short:

  • It does not move archived email off the Exchange Server. Since email never leaves the Exchange Server, Exchange data protection, storage, and recoverability will all be adversely affected as the total Exchange storage increases.
  • It (as well as all previous versions of Exchange) does not perform single instance storage across all of its stores. This means the email you archive in Exchange 2010 is not de-duplicated, which further compounds archive storage problems.

At last month's TechEd, a Microsoft employee presented Exchange 2010 archiving and positioned the offering as a "personal archiving" solution and not an "organizational archiving" solution. This is correct. Today, an organizational archive must keep the archive data off-host, fully de-duplicated, and under full retention management.

Exchange 2010 archiving is a useful replacement for PST files and personal archiving. But it falls short of a true organizational archive solution. Today, only third-party solutions deliver all the features required. ... Bob Spurzem

(Comments?)


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

Veritas Acquires KVS: In Retrospect
Wednesday, July 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.

In September 2004, Veritas Software purchased KVS for its email archiving product, Enterprise Vault. Veritas merged with Symantec, and thus the product is now Symantec's Enterprise Vault, the market-leading archiving software. In this webcast, we discuss the Veritas/KVS acquisition with key individuals involved. Topics include KVS's history, KVS's motivations for being acquired, Veritas' motivations for the acquisition, how the negotiations took place, the terms of the transaction, what went well, what was more difficult than anticipated, and lessons learned.

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:

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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, spam and malware control, 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 2009.


 
Thursday, June 25, 2009
  Jun 26, Daily Compliance & Messaging News
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Daily Digest: June 26, 2009
 
Compliance

Florida's Leading Law Firm Selects Azaleos to Manage its E-Mail
Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A Moves from Novell Groupwise to Remotely Managed Microsoft Exchange and Blackberry Service

MindXchange Joins Consonus Partner Program to Provide Secure Email Archiving Solution  

BlueTie Delivers Cloud-Based Email Archive and Auditing for Small Businesses, Enterprises, and Service Providers
New On-Demand Archiving Solution Makes it Simple for Businesses of All Sizes to Address Both Legal Compliance and Email Auditing Needs

Fios Expands Information Governance Services to Help Clients Reduce e-Discovery and Compliance Costs
Demand for Fios' new records retention management and legacy data reduction services grows as corporations strive to gain control of increasing ESI volumes
Targeted Data Transfer Capability Expands Client Choice for Electronic Discovery Services
New OneO Data Transport Service Moves beyond Current Electronic Discovery Data Transfer Standards to Streamline Data Ingestion and Migration
Messaging & Collaboration

Enabling Technologies Wins Microsoft Unified Communications Solutions Award  

Blog Item(s) & Announcements

LiveOffice CloudMerge for Mimosa NearPoint: Hybrid On-Prem and Cloud Archiving

LiveOffice (cloud-based archiving)and Mimosa (on-premises archiving) announced an interesting collaboration:

  • LiveOffice CloudMerge for Mimosa NearPoint lets Mimosa customers seamlessly push some or all of their on-premises archive into LiveOffice's cloud-based archive.
  • The upload-to-cloud interface is tightly integrated with that of Mimosa.
  • The pricing is proportional to the number of mailboxes put onto the archive. It's independent of the amount of storage used, and how long archived material is kept. Contact either of the vendors for detailed pricing.
  • LiveOffice is profitable and privately held. 2008 revenues were $23M.

Comments:

  • This is a good idea. It's immediately valuable for Mimosa customers. It lets them:
    • Provide third-party access to the archive; e.g., to facilitate opposing counsel discovery, or to satisfy Freedom of Information requests.
    • Offload storage management to a third party. Storage technology is changing rapidly and is something of a pain to administer, so in principle the idea of offloading the job to a specialist makes sense.
  • It's a smart move by Mimosa. It lets the company deliver a short-term solution for this need. Longer term, presumably Mimosa will provide its own external-access solution.
  • Most on-premises email archiving systems provide services to allow within-the-firewall access to the archive. They provide no, or poor, access for external third parties. A typical approach today is to filter out the required corpus, put it on a DVD, and FedEx out the disk. It's labor-intensive, slow, and inflexible.
  • The right way to provide external third-party access is clearly via a rich browser interface. Expect many on-premises archiving vendors to develop such solutions over the next two or three years.

... David Ferris

(Comments?)

Google Wave: Important for Messaging

Google Wave, recently announced by Google and available later this year, is important for messaging. The launch presentation is worth viewing by anyone interested in messaging.

Google Wave has an abstraction that seeks to replace both email and IM, and perhaps shared document editing too. Google argues that email was designed a long while ago, and that with modern technologies we can do much better. A converse argument is that email is a natural and basic electronic communication that evolved without design (much as soccer evolved without the need for formal rules or design). Things that really impress me about Google Wave are:

  • The amount that can be done in the browser, in a way that is clearly browser independent. This is a long, long way from static HTML.
  • The way that messages are shared as you type. (Scary, but really neat technology.)
  • The use of XMPP (Internet Standard eXtensible Messaging and Presence Protocol) for federation. The need for getting XMPP (as well as HTTP) into the browser seems an increasing priority.

This is a technology to watch.

Desirability of a Multi-Vector UI

I watched my son using his iPhone the other day to exchange SMS with his girlfriend. The UI was modeled on iChat (Apple's IM client), and it seemed a natural way to use SMS. My Nokia phone has an integrated messaging interface, and gives a uniform UI for SMS and email. I can see my SMSs with a listing pretty much like my email. The key observation is that UI can be remarkably independent of the underlying technology.

Under the hood, Wave is essentially "bboards on steroids." It is a shared data structure to which multiple users can contribute. Having this will add to the list of things that I need to interact with.

What I would like is a single UI that deals with all of the underlying abstractions (email, IM, SMS, Wave) -- a communicator that can present information in an appropriate manner and use whichever channel is appropriate. It would be good to decouple the UI from the transport more strongly.

Email Won't Go Away

I often end up in interminable email discussions with multiple nested quotes of previous messages. Engineers seem particularly fond of this style. Google Wave seems to offer a much superior interface for this type of dialogue.

However, it does not seem a replacement for all email. Email can often be a highly transactional mechanism. When dealing with emails to external organizations and individuals, there will often be shared internal review of the message and a carefully worded response before it is sent. The sharing and dynamic nature of Wave does not seem appropriate for the external communication. Email as it stands seems to have uses for which it will not get replaced. It seems to remain a basic and essential communications building block.

Google Wave Won't Be the New Desktop Client

For those with almost permanent access to fast networks, shifting to a Web-based communications option seems quite plausible. For those who travel on trains and planes, carrying your email world on your laptop remains highly desirable. The ability to use Google Gears to replace this seems pretty much a fantasy for now.

It also feels right to me that having an optimized tool (both in UI and protocol terms) for tasks that are done a lot (and I do email a LOT) seems sensible. If you have special communications protocols such as IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) and XMPP, why try to layer things over HTTP?

The lack of competition in desktop email clients is a problem. I use Outlook, which I think is the best option available, but it could do so much better. The lack of serious competition to Outlook is a real problem (and yes, I know about Thunderbird). Competition in the browser market has really improved things for everyone. We need a good desktop client. It is crazy that there is not a client that does efficient IMAP and XMPP with an integrated UI.

Google Wave does not provide an answer to this, but it certainly challenges all who are concerned with communications UI. ... Steve Kille

(Comments?)


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

Veritas Acquires KVS: In Retrospect
Wednesday, July 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.

In September 2004, Veritas Software purchased KVS for its email archiving product, Enterprise Vault. Veritas merged with Symantec, and thus the product is now Symantec's Enterprise Vault, the market-leading archiving software. In this webcast, we discuss the Veritas/KVS acquisition with key individuals involved. Topics include KVS's history, KVS's motivations for being acquired, Veritas' motivations for the acquisition, how the negotiations took place, the terms of the transaction, what went well, what was more difficult than anticipated, and lessons learned.

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

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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, spam and malware control, 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 2009.


 
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