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Vendors gang up to tackle e-mail issues

Sun Microsystems, Borderware and ASPGulf have joined forces to develop a new e-mail security model, to help eradicate spam, viruses, phishing and other e-mail attacks, which now total over 38 individual threats associated to e-mail.

Sun Microsystems, Borderware and ASP Gulf have joined forces to develop a new e-mail security model, to help eradicate junk e-mails, spam, phishing, viruses and other potential e-mail attacks from outsourced IT applications which now totals over 38 individual threats associated to e-mail.

According to the vendors, the solution comes at a critical point for many companies in the Middle East, following the disruption caused by the Sasser virus and the resulting network congestion, which slowed many companies’ e-mail systems to a crawl including last week's worm attack at the Dubai International Airport.

“With the wave of spam and viruses that have caused so much chaos in recent weeks, outsourced IT operations require a robust solution to filter out unwanted mails that take up valuable bandwidth space, slowing down the system and resulting in increased costs,” says Dean Polley, general manager, ASPGulf.

The initiative aims to improve the performance of remote e-mail delivery from ASPGulf’s data center at Dubai Internet City, the company tested Borderware’s Mail Firewall, and found it cut over 70% of unsolicited e-mail before it reached its Exchange server, thus creating savings in bandwidth.

Borderware will provide the technology on Sun platforms, as well as selling the software for use on Sun servers. Both organisations have partnered with Tech Access, Sun Microsystems’ local partner. ASP Gulf intends to offer its existing customers the option to implement the system through its data center, as well as highlighting the benefits of the system to non-ASP Gulf customers.

“More and more Middle East businesses are looking at the benefits of outsourcing their IT requirements to an application service provider,” says Dean Bell, regional director, Borderware.

The mail firewalls installed at ASP Gulf are targeted at companies who don’t want to deal with the upfront costs of installing and maintaining a patchwork of individual products to provide secure mail delivery, and those who are looking for alternative methods to manage their infrastructure.

“This collaboration between ASP Gulf and Borderware in developing this new security model, illustrates the benefits to be gained by being members. As Sun’s partner community continues to expand and evolve, we expect more alliances to be formed,” adds Shomail Ghalib, managing director, Tech Access.

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