OT: Outsourced services

Scott Silva ssilva at sgvwater.com
Thu Mar 26 17:34:59 GMT 2009

on 3-25-2009 7:36 PM DAve spake the following:
> Alex Broens wrote:
>> 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 mining company in the world.
>> I know my boss wouldn't want that.
> +1
> Looking at the amount of spam that comes from Google owned services I
> would say they could claim greatly improved spam/virus catching just by
> blocking their own traffic.
> DAve
And a new set of data to mine for e-mail addresses!

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

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