RE: Spam and A/V appliances.

  • From: "John T \(Lists\)" <johnlist@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "'[ExchangeList]'" <exchangelist@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 5 Jan 2006 10:58:44 -0800

FYI, all solutions are software based. It is just that some of them come
completely packaged into a self contained device. As such, those self
contained devices tend to cost more in terms of dollars but less in terms of
labor hours.


John T

eServices For You


-----Original Message-----
From: Evan Mann [mailto:emann@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: Thursday, January 05, 2006 10:46 AM
To: [ExchangeList]
Subject: [exchangelist] Spam and A/V appliances.

Hello all. I'm looking for input on an SMTP e-mail appliances for
spam/content filtering and antivirus.  I prefer an appliance over software I
run on a server, but I'll also accept input for software based products.

My exchange front end does nothing but SMTP transport work, and A/V
scanning. It has no stores on it.  My current spam product runs on the back
end servers, because it uses SMTP Event Sink to pick off spam.  This means I
have to let spam come to the back end server, causes unnecessary load.  I
want something to put all the way in front to reduce these loads.

Two of the popular names in appliances are Ironmail and Barracuda, so I'm
obviously interested in those.  I'm also looking at St. Bernanrds ePrism, as
we have their iPrism already.

One of my absolute requirements is how spam is managed.  I must have ability
for end users to manage their spam and it's settings.  In conjunction with
global black/white lists Users must have the ability to maintain their own
(through web interface, directly in outlook, whatever).  The user must be
able to view the items in their quarantine.  The key to his is the USER has
some control.  I cannot utilize a device where an admin has to go digging
through quarantines for legit mail, or where an admin has to approve a mail
from being released from the quarantine.

Beyond that, I'm somewhat flexible.  I'll continue to use my Exchange front
end A/V, but I want some decent A/V functionality in the appliance to reduce
some scan load.

Based on this, can those of you who have used any of the boxes I've
mentioned, and others, provide input on if they would meet my requirements,
and what your experiences have been.

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