Monday, April 25, 2011

Dude, Where’s My SPAM Emails?

The anti-spam market is full of different solutions and as you can see below from the below list

  • Microsoft FPE               
  • Cisco IronPort
  •  Symantec
  • Google Postini
  • Mcafee
  • Proofpoint
  • Trend Micro
  • Barracuda Networks
  • Websence
  • M86 Security
  • Clearswift
  • Webroot
  • watchGuard
  • SonicWALL
  • Fortinet
  • Messaging Architects
  • PineApp

So which SMTP gateway you will choose for your messaging environment? ; And why?
Recently I was responsible about enhancing the anti-spam solution of a 30,000 mailbox organization, and I had to find out what is the best solution for them;

Although there are a lot of choices when it comes to the SMTP gateways; but actually mine weren’t; as my choices were limited to the three big guys “Microsoft FPE, Cisco IronPort and Symantec”
And the Oscar goes to ………….. Microsoft PFE     hurray!!!!  ; But why?

My decision was based on the below reasons:
  • The CLOUDMARK content filtering agent.
  • Inbound and outbound scanning using 5 different engines (Microsoft AV, Kaspersky, Norman, VirusBuster and Authentium).
  • The ability to process around 40 messages per second per server while all anti-spam and antivirus agents are running =  more than 3 million messages per day per server.
  • The deep integration with Microsoft outlook to grant end users the control to block or allow mails to reach them from their outlook.
  • Easy to deploy easy to manage.

After the move to the new anti-spam solution we have noticed an amazing improvement in terms of the catch-up rate and quarantined legitimate emails.

Microsoft FPE Resources:

See you soon , Hany Donia

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