Alternatives to Sophos

Tim Tyler tyler at
Mon Dec 3 15:41:28 GMT 2001

Yes, Sophos appears to force a site license as a necessary purchase if you
want to protect all users using mailscanner.  This creates a dilema since we
are heavily invested in Norton at the desktop level.  If we want to stay
with Norton at the desktop and use Sophos at the server level, we would be
caught with a double site license essentially.  This for us is like paying
an extra $5k or $6k per year.  That creates a bit of a dilema for us as an
educational institution without much of a budget.
  I wish it were possible to negotiate some compromise on the licensing
issue.  We are nearing the end of our testing phase with Mailscanner and may
have to turn it off if we can't work out a budget agreement for Sophos.
McAfee is just as bad.  Alternatively, I wish Norton would create something
to work with mailscanner - hence removing our particular dilema.  I have
written to them about this, but I am not very optomistic.


>Peter Valian wrote:
>> If Im not mistaken, you technically only need one license to run on your
>> mail server.  Only one user is *technically* scanning mail (root).
>You're mistaken. The license is actually for the number of users to be
>protected by the software...
>> we use mcafee on our campus...we have some sort of site license for
>> desktop scanning software and they just gave us the unix scanner as part
>> of that agreement.  I have no idea what we paid.
>> -peter
>> Stephen Lee wrote:
>> >Hi,
>> >
>> >I am currently running Mailscanner 2.60-2 and the demo version of Sophos
>> >on a Redhat7.1 - Sendmail 8.11.6. It works very well but the Sophos
>> >license for 10 users is $600 USD. When converted to Canadian dollars,
>> >that is very expensive for us. We only have 5-6 mail users so it's hard
>> >to justify the cost especially when you consider that each desktop copy
>> >of Norton AV is around $40. Are there alternatives to Sophos that work
>> >with Mailscanner which might be more friendly on the pocket for small
>> >businesses?
>> >
>> >Thanks for any suggestions.
>> >
>> >Stephen
>> >
>> --
>> Peter Valian
>> Network & Systems Administrator
>> Southwestern University
>> Georgetown, Texas
>> --
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Tim Tyler
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