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Mirapoint offers industry’s first all-in-one messaging and security appliance for small to medium businesses

  • 01 December, 2005 12:30

<p>Integrated email and security measures in a single, easy-to-manage appliance</p>
<p>Sunnyvale, Calif. – Nov. 28, 2005 – Mirapoint, the secure messaging experts, today announced a new all-in-one appliance that serves, secures and manages email. Ideal for small to medium sized businesses, Mirapoint’s M50 Message Server is the industry’s first appliance to offer rich mail, calendaring, group scheduling and address book, coupled with integrated anti-virus and anti-spam functionality.</p>
<p>The SMB market is one of the largest horizontal markets, making up more than 70 percent of all businesses. According to Forrester Research, IT spending by small to medium businesses grew to $320 billion in 2004 and represents 44 percent of all U.S. IT spending. Furthermore, the complexity of providing email service has dramatically increased. Now, in addition to building a messaging infrastructure that serves and manages millions of messages, network administrators must offer advanced services such as group calendaring, address book, web and wireless access, as well as securing the network from viruses, spam and hacker attacks.</p>
<p>Mirapoint’s M50 appliance offers significant advantages for today’s over-burdened IT departments – especially in small to medium businesses where resources need to be optimised. In contrast to the fragmented, piece-meal approach that has evolved in many organisations over time, Mirapoint enables IT administrators to centralise messaging and block email-borne security threats in a single easy-to-manage appliance that requires virtually no maintenance.</p>
<p>“With the Mirapoint M50, IT departments, particularly in the SMB space, can now devote resources previously focused on email maintenance and administration to other more strategic or more pressing tasks,” said Robert Mahowald, Program Director, Collaborative Computing at IDC. “Mirapoint has consistently had the lowest TCO of email servers, and adding security features to the mix not only enhances product functionality but creates a greater ROI.”</p>
<p>In addition to email messaging, the M50 provides all the features required for informal, easy-to-use group collaboration, including group calendaring and address book. Because the M50 has built-in native support for industry-standard protocols, it can integrate with any IMAP or POP client, including Microsoft Office, as well as mobile mail devices. Thus, users have the option of viewing their messages with a client, such as Microsoft Outlook, or via Mirapoint’s web-based interface.</p>
<p>The M50 also offers integrated anti-virus and anti-spam countermeasures that block upwards of 97 percent of incoming viruses and spam. According to research firm Radicati Group, in 2005, spam traffic will comprise 53 percent of corporate e-mail traffic. Worldwide virus traffic will reach about 900 million messages a day and 86 percent of viruses use email as a self-propagation medium.</p>
<p>“Building a secure messaging infrastructure is a complex task that drains the IT resources of many organisations, but it is especially painful for mid-sized organisations that have a multitude of IT projects demanding their attention and limited money and time to do it all,” said Barry Ariko, chief executive officer for Mirapoint. “It became clear to us that by integrating both an email server and email security countermeasures in a single, easy-to-manage, highly reliable appliance, Mirapoint could effectively address a serious pain point for network administrators in this market.”</p>
<p>Mirapoint Message Servers offer the lowest total cost of ownership in application-based messaging products, generating huge cost savings in administration, management, and addition of new users. Bundling anti-virus and anti-spam features into the M50 Message Server results in an even greater cost savings and easier administration. Designed for the SMB market, the M50 serves 100-500 users and will be sold in 100 user bundles exclusively through Mirapoint channel partners.</p>
<p>Based on a hardened, purpose-built operating system with no known exploits, the M50 offers maximum security and all the patches, service packs and upgrade decisions that plague other approaches are eliminated. Mirapoint Message Servers have field-proven 99.999 percent reliability and require only a small percentage of the maintenance time other systems need. Many Mirapoint customers state that their Message Servers have simply never gone down.</p>
<p>The M50 is now available at Lan 1, pricing starts under $18,990 RRP. “We see the M50 as the only fully integrated secure messaging in a box email appliance in the market. For deployments of 50-100 users, the M50 hits the sweet spot of the SMB market that would normally spend upwards of $25,000 for an equivalent Exchange box, without the additional built-in security, ongoing licensing and maintenance management costs” Says Rob Harkness, Business Manager, Security at Lan 1.</p>
<p>About Mirapoint
Founded in 1997, Mirapoint is the market leader in appliance-based solutions for secure message networks in enterprise, service provider, and education organisations, with more than 100 million mailboxes served and secured worldwide. Customers use Mirapoint appliances to build the messaging infrastructure that intelligently serves, secures and manages email. Mirapoint is headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., with offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information on Mirapoint, visit its Web site at www.mirapoint.com.</p>
<p>About Lan 1
Lan 1 is a Value Added distributor supplying, configuring and installing IP Storage, IP Networking and IP Security products &amp; services. Established in 1993, Lan 1 has built a strong name for itself in the networking, storage and security fields. Lan 1 is headquartered in Waterloo, Sydney, with branch offices in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth. Lan 1 provides strong brand name products backed by high levels of service and support. Lan 1 can assist with design, configuration and implementation of its complete range of products to enable its partners to offer very effective solutions to their end customers.</p>
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Press contact:
Dan Gould
SHIFT Communications for Mirapoint
(415) 591-8428
dgould@shiftcomm.com</p>
<p>Robert Harkness
Business Manager – Security
Lan 1 Pty Ltd
(612) 9318 4226
rharkness@lan1.com.au</p>
<p>© 2005 Mirapoint Inc. All rights reserved. All company and product names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective companies.</p>

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