Cost of Virus Scanner!

Tim Tyler tyler at
Tue Dec 11 15:44:16 GMT 2001

  I agree.  We have decided to look at the smtp gateway filtering solutions
by Symantec and Micro Trend.  Set your mx records to push all smtp traffic
to the gateway box and all email should be properly filtered.  It might come
out a bit cheaper than Sophos or McAfee in the long run.  Sophos forces you
to completely renew eventually depending upon your contract.  The Gateway
solutions only have a moderate annual renewal fee which I think is cheaper
in the long run than a full Sophos renewal though not dramatic.  If Sophos
would cut its price in half for what they are offering to us I would have to
say that mailscanner/Sophos is the solution for us.  At this point, its all up in
the air for us.  At this point I tend to be leaning towards a smtp gateway
solution if it will perform as well and cost us less.

>On Mon, 10 Dec 2001 12:46:13 +0000, Nick Phillips <nwp at LEMON-COMPUTING.COM>
>>On Mon, Dec 10, 2001 at 12:00:44PM +0000, Carl Hogue wrote:
>>> I received a response from my friendly neighborhood Sophos dealer today.
>>> He wants about $450 USD (GBP 310?) for a one-year 25 user SAVI license.
>>> That's his minimum price for using Sophos to scan e-mail attachments on a
>>> mail server. It seems a bit overpriced to me.
>>That is the minimum cost for a SAVI license, but if you were to buy,
>>for example, a 5-user "Classic" license then you would be entitled to
>>use that on a server. That would cost a bit less (not massively so, I
>>admit) and entitle you to use Sophos on all the desktops too.
>>How many users do you actually have?
>>Nick Phillips -- nwp at
>>You will be a winner today.  Pick a fight with a four-year-old.
>There are three computers in our office that are used to check e-mail coming
>in from our web server.  Two are Windows machines with Norton Anti-Virus
>already installed, the third is a Linux box, so it obviously doesn't need
>the anti-virus software.
>Sophos is working very well in its trial on our web server with MailScanner
>and I'm very pleased with both.  The problem is the Sophos licensing scheme.
>Although it does protect our desktops from malicious attachments coming in
>through our mail server, it doesn't protect them from other sources of
>infection, such as mail from other ISPs, downloads and floppy disks.  That's
>why I think the license fee is too expensive if it's used only to scan
>e-mail on a mail server.
>Best Regards,
>Carl Hogue
>carl at

Tim Tyler
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