OT: Outsourced services

Scott Silva ssilva at sgvwater.com
Wed Mar 25 23:20:01 GMT 2009

on 3-25-2009 3:56 PM Paul Welsh spake the following:
> Thought it was worth mentioning for anyone who doesn't know that Google
> bought Postini last year and are offering outsourced mail scanning for $12
> per user per year.  For $25 they'll archive all mail for a year.  For $45
> they'll archive for 10 years.  http://www.google.com/postini/compare.html.
> The archiving will include internal mail for those running certain products
> like Exchange Enterprise.
> I've used MailScanner on my own dedicated server for years.  Recently I
> spent some time setting up 2 x MailScanner servers for the company I work
> for (80 - 100 people).  However, when I found out about Google's offering I
> suggested we switch.  The pricing and the archiving facility made it a no
> brainer.  We're going through one of Google's partners so there is a setup
> and annual support fee but it's a few hundred quid.  The sterling pricing
> for the actual service is equivalent to the dollar pricing.
> We used to use MessageLabs which used to cost over GBP40 per user per year
> so the Google service is about a fifth of the price.
> I was talked through the Postini web interface yesterday and it seems highly
> configurable.  So configurable, in fact, that I'm glad we are spending a bit
> more to get some support from people we can phone.
> Presuming that the service works well in blocking spam and viruses, I really
> think SMEs have to think very carefully before installing their own mail
> scanning server.  Of course, for big organisations where money is tight and
> user numbers are high then $12 per user per year is still more expensive.
> For a company like the one I work for though, the time taken to maintain our
> own mail servers is just not worthwhile at these prices.
Don't tell my boss that. I need to eat too! ;-P

MailScanner is like deodorant...
You hope everybody uses it, and
you notice quickly if they don't!!!!

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