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PureMessage Raises E-mail Admin Standard - page 4

ActiveState's Perl of a Product

  • September 2, 2003
  • By Rob Reilly

In the past, most companies have traditionally used Solaris boxes to protect email. Now, Linux has become the preferred OS platform for mail filters because of cost, reliability, capability, stability. Kraft noted that even Windows shops use Linux at the network edges for email filtering. PureMessage does, of course, support Linux, Windows, Solaris, OpenBSD, various flavors of Unix.

Kraft said, "In addition to leading spam filtering, will continue to grow to meet content filtering and system security needs for the large enterprise market." Over the coming two years, PureMessage's growth will follow a three-pronged approach including: internationalization, protocol expansion, and broadening policy enforcement capabilities.

End users and administrators will be happy to hear with the next major release later this year, customers and prospects can expect the following new functionality:

  • An all new end user administration console (supporting decentralized management of spam filtering)
  • Enhanced system scalability
  • Enhanced mail routing options with expanded mail transfer agent (MTA) integration options
  • Revamped administrative interface
  • Enhanced anti-virus protection with expanded anti-virus engine options

Updates will continue to be on a yearly subscription basis with new rules and virus definitions occurring about every two weeks. The product also has self administration of downloads (automatically downloaded and updated).

For indirect markets (like ISPs, consumer, and small business), ActiveState has developed an anti-spam software developer kit (SDK) that can be embedded into partner applications through an OEM relationship. Users of the SDK include Ositis and Rockliffe. Both are non-competing OEM vendors.

Right now, PureMessage is a decent offering, as the recent recognition at LinuxWorld demonstrates. If it can implement its product plan effectively, ActiveState's messaging software will be big player administrators' toolsets.

For more information on email and spam, check out "Field Guide To Spam" whitepaper on the ActiveState web site.

Rob Reilly (aka: "Dr. Torque") is a Senior Technology Consultant, whose work includes Linux, business systems integration and R&D work for various clients. Rob's articles appear on LinuxToday.com and in PC Update Magazine. He frequently gives talks on his experience in the high technology, manufacturing and utilities industries. He is always 'on-the-lookout' for stories and projects that focus on Linux, business and new technology. Send him a note or visit his web site at http://home.earthlink.net/~robreilly.

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