FrontBridge now “Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services”

FrontBridge was one of the top four hosted or "managed" email security services. Microsoft acquired FrontBridge in August 2005, yet the company has been reserved about its plans … until now. In April, Microsoft will rebrand FrontBridge as "Exchange Hosted Services." It has just introduced version 5.3, which it claims is faster, more usable, has […]... read more »

Virus Alerts Are as Bad as Spam

Many email security products or services will warn you if they detect a virus in an incoming message. You’ll receive a Virus Alert message in your inbox that either includes the original plain text message with the attachment stripped out, or has just a simple notification that "so-and-so sent you a virus, and click here […]... read more »

Ferris Report: Exchange Reliability and Its Impact on Organizations

This report details the problems that organizations face in maintaining a Microsoft Exchange solution, and the impact of downtime when Exchange is not available. For further information, see here. Note: Subscribers to Ferris Research’s information service can download the report…... read more »

SASL + LDAP = Better Centralized Authentication

SASL (Simple Authentication and Security Layer) is an Internet standard that enables the Internet messaging protocols and LDAP (Lightweight Directory Access Protocol) to use a wide range of authentication mechanisms. Last week, an updated version was approved to replace RFC 2222. SASL is an important, but less well known, member of the Internet messaging and […]... read more »

SurfControl Enables Detection and Control over Unauthorized Skype Implementations

SurfControl released an updated version of Enterprise Threat Shield, its Internet security solution. Adds capability to target and remove the Skype application when found on the company network as well as prevent its installation and use within a restricted company environment. Available immediately. read more »

Embedded Skype Phones Will Be Available Late Summer

To operate Skype, you need to have your PC turned on, and you probably talk via a connected headset. That’s a pain if your PC isn’t on, or if your PC isn’t beside you, for example. So a number of vendors are working on phones that have Skype embedded within them. An example is NETGEAR’s […]... read more »

Are Self-Serve Migrations in Your Future?

Proofpoint Closes $20 Million Financing Round

Proofpoint announced that the company has closed $20 million in financing from Bridgescale Partners, Benchmark Capital; Inventures Group, Meritech Capital Partners, Mohr, Davidow Ventures and RRE Ventures. read more »

Safeguarding Lost Mobile Devices: Risky Without Policies in Place

No one wants to go through the hassle of having their mobile device lost, stolen, attacked by viruses, or harvested for confidential data. Fortunately, two security features now available on some devices provide additional protection: A threshold of unsuccessful PIN/password attempts can be set. If exceeded, the device will automatically lock itself and erase local […]... read more »

Email Regarding Spam Isn’t Spam

Sometimes, we make life very difficult for spam filters. I was reminded of this today when checking the quarantine for the mailbox that we use for our weblog. Caught in the quarantine were several messages generated by the blog software, which warned us of some spammy activity — spammers abusing the blog’s comments and trackbacks […]... read more »

Open Text Expands Email Management Suite with New Compliance Capabilities

Open Text announced an updated version of Livelink ECM Email Monitoring, its email management solution. Adds tools for capturing samples of inbound and outbound emails from daily messages, administering review processes and managing audits for regulators. read more »

Ferris Report: Teneros—Application Continuity Appliance for Microsoft Exchange

The Teneros Application Continuity Appliance offers instant failover for Microsoft Exchange in a managed appliance that provides exceptionally high availability. This report summarizes the product and comments on its industry context. For further information, see here. There is no charge…... read more »

Ferris Report: Teneros—Application Continuity Appliance for Microsoft Exchange

The Teneros Application Continuity Appliance offers instant failover for Microsoft Exchange in a managed appliance that provides exceptionally high availability. This report summarizes the product and comments on its industry context. For further information, see here. There is no charge…... read more »

Ferris Report: Implementing Email Archiving

On February 6, 2006, Ferris Research held a roundtable webinar on email archiving, with participants from two dozen large organizations, including Bank of America, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Deutsche Bank, Eli Lilly, F. Hoffmann-LaRoche, the U.S. General Services Administration, The Goldman Sachs…... read more »

Smooth Messaging Migrations Require Transparency and Full Fidelity

Messaging migrations need to minimize disruptions for the users by making the process as transparent as possible. The user’s information should arrive in the new system with maximum fidelity — meaning that it looks and performs just like the previous system. Deploying a new system with few changes eases the user’s fear factor, reduces training […]... read more »

Oracle Reports Q3 GAAP EPS up 40% to 14 cents, Non-GAAP EPS up 21% to 19 Cents GAAP

Oracle released results for 3Q2006, ended February 28. Revenue increased 18% to $3.5 billion with a GAAP net income of $765 million. read more »

Mind the Gap — New Staff Often More Techno-Savvy Than Managers

Mind the Gap — New Staff Often More Techno-Savvy Than Managers... read more »

Softphones Adding Collaboration Capabilities

Some collaborative tools, such as those from Yahoo, MSN, and AOL, have added softphones over the last couple of years. Conversely, softphone vendors are adding more and more collaborative capabilities. One example is CounterPath. This SIP-based software supports voice, video, and instant messaging. Future plans include whiteboarding, file transfer, and file sharing.  … David Ferris... read more »

Mirapoint Expands Suite Of Messaging Appliances With Industry’s First Policy-driven Email Archiving Appliance

Mirapoint announced Mirapoint ComplianceVault, its email archiving appliance. Key features: policy-driven archiving, IM archiving, message processing in a separate, dedicated appliance, among others. Available immediately. read more »

Esther Dyson Is Wrong — Most Email Will Remain Free

Ideas for email senders to be charged for the privilege crop up from time to time. The idea is that email senders should pay per message, much as postal mail senders do. The latest call for such a scheme is Esther Dyson’s op-ed piece in Friday’s New York Times. We think this idea is misguided. […]... read more »

Sherpa Software Releases Discovery Attender for Exchange Version 2.0

Sherpa Software released version 2.0 of Discovery Attender for Exchange, its e-discovery tool. Key enhancements: each search with the associated result details are stored in their own database, more control in defining search conditions, and improved search speed and accuracy, among others. Available immediately. read more »

Teamspaces Will Help Us Be More Coordinated

Teamspaces Will Help Us Be More Coordinated... read more »

SMBs Need Professional Email Archiving

SMBs Need Professional Email Archiving... read more »

Email Lifecycle Management Requires Reliable Read Receipts

Email Lifecycle Management Requires Reliable Read Receipts... read more »

ZANTAZ® Announces the Industry’s First Fully Integrated Mailbox Management and Hosted Storage Solution

ZANTAZ announced First Archive On Demand, its mailbox management and hosted storage solution. Combines mailbox/file management capabilities and hosted compliance archiving. read more »

How the Mobile World Will Make Money on IP Communications

How the Mobile World Will Make Money on IP Communications... read more »

Why DKIM Is Better Than SPF/SenderID

Why DKIM Is Better Than SPF/SenderID... read more »

Miscellaneous Observations From 3GSM Show

We went to the 3GSM show recently, to help track the mobile messaging world. 3GSM is the big meeting place for cell phone operators. It’s a mix of exhibition and presentation, and was held in Barcelona, Spain, February 13-16. There were around 40,000 attendees. Miscellaneous observations: A specter haunted the show. The specter that voice […]... read more »

Trend Micro Introduces Network VirusWall Enforcer

Trend Micro announced Network VirusWall Enforcer, its network access control appliance. Scans devices for security software, critical patches, and current updates, evaluates the security profile of networked devices, administers security policies and quarantines non-compliant devices until they undergo remediation. Available April 2006. read more »

Messaging Managers Needn’t Attend the 3GSM Show

Messaging Managers Needn’t Attend the 3GSM Show... read more »

Availability, Location, and Expertise — Keys to Real-Time Collaboration

Availability, Location, and Expertise — Keys to Real-Time Collaboration... read more »

Good Email Signatures Enable Easy Contact

Good Email Signatures Enable Easy Contact... read more »

Google’s New Calendar

It’s been expected for a long time, but one of the 200 people in the closed beta of Google’s calendar, CL2, leaked some screen shots to Michael Arrington at TechCrunch. The ship date may be some way off, but it seems probable that CL2 will provide close integration with Gmail, syncing with other calendars and […]... read more »

The State of SMS Spam — Grubby and Growing

The State of SMS Spam — Grubby and Growing... read more »

Cell Phone Data: A Protection Racket

Cell phone operators believe they have the right to levy a fee on the type of traffic that passes over their data networks. The justification is that they’ve had to invest a lot in their networks and need to recoup those investments. Still, it feels like a protection racket. For example, suppose you subscribe to […]... read more »