OT: Outsourced services

Alex Broens ms-list at alexb.ch
Wed Mar 25 23:43:06 GMT 2009

On 3/25/2009 11:56 PM, Paul Welsh wrote:
> 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.

Good your bosses feel safe having corp's mail in hands of the largest 
search engine and data minining company in the world.

I know my boss wouldn't want that.

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