Cost of Virus Scanner!

Stephen Lee splee at PLEXIO.COM
Sat Dec 8 01:46:44 GMT 2001

Here's what I wrote about Sophos pricing in an earlier thread:

As I understand it, the SAV license covers both the server and the
desktop so NAV wouldn't be needed. You can even run a client copy at

<rant> What bugs me about Sophos though, is that they are not very
obvious about their pricing structure. Pricing is not on their website
and even if you asked for it by email, they insist you try the demo
first - why bother if it is too expensive in the first place? Having
asked Sophos on several occasions for pricing for a particular number of
users at a certain geographic location (Canada) without much luck, I
finally broke down and tried the demo. Several more emails and phone
calls later, I finally got some prices. It's like pulling teeth!

The US/Canada pricing quoted to me was: $150USD for 1 user, $120 for 2-4
users, $85 for 5-9 user and $60 for 10-? users. In the end, SAV _is_ a
nice product but is expensive and is targetted at the corporate market.

On Fri, 2001-12-07 at 16:16, Gerry Doris wrote:
> I'm actually in Toronto, Canada.  Using today's exchange rates 99 sterling
> is $229.34 Cdn and $750 USD is a mere $1197.08 Cdn.  How can there be that
> big a difference for the same product?
> I don't mind paying for a good product but $1200 is ridiculous for a home
> user.
> Gerry
> On Fri, 7 Dec 2001, Chris Kilner wrote:
> > We are resellers of Sophos here in the uk the current price for a single
> > user is ?99.00 sterling
> > I'm not sure what that is in US dollars but it's less than $750
> >
> > Chris
> >
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: MailScanner mailing list [mailto:MAILSCANNER at JISCMAIL.AC.UK]On
> > Behalf Of Gerry Doris
> > Sent: 07 December 2001 21:57
> > Subject: Cost of Virus Scanner!
> >
> >
> > I have an old 486 that just won't die that I use for a mail server for my
> > home network.  I have a couple of Windows PC's on the network.
> >
> > I read about MailScanner on the Linux Journal website and tracked it down
> > on Freshmeat.  I installed it on Wednesday without problems.  This is one
> > superb application!!!
> >
> > I hadn't heard of Sophos but since MailScanner supported it I went ahead
> > and installed it too.  I was a little nervous as I couldn't find any
> > pricing on their website.  Well, I had a right to be.
> >
> > I got a call yesterday from their US sales office.  Their sales rep told
> > me that the minimum license would be 50 seats (ie. to cover 50 PC's) at
> > $15 USD/seat!  Obviously, I am not going to pay $750 USD.  Sophos said
> > this is a commercial application and is not intended for home users.  He
> > felt it was competitive with similar packages from McAfee.
> >
> > I suggest a warning be placed on the MailScanner website (and any other
> > site that carries MailScanner ie. Freshmeat) that it requires a commerical
> > virus scanner for full functionality.  The cost of these scanners
> > preclude home use.
> >
> >
> > Gerry
> > --
> > "The lyfe so short, the craft so long to learne" Chaucer
> >
> --
> "The lyfe so short, the craft so long to learne" Chaucer

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