SOURCE: Cloudmark

September 24, 2007 12:40 ET

Cloudmark Announces Cloudmark Gateway for Hosted Messaging Providers

Cloudmark Gateway, Together With Cloudmark Authority, Delivers Comprehensive Threat Protection and Enhanced Message Handling Capabilities to Hosted Messaging Providers

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwire - September 24, 2007) - Cloudmark, Inc., the global leader in carrier-grade messaging security, today announced Cloudmark Gateway™ for Hosted Messaging Providers, a high-performance edge mail transfer agent (MTA) that integrates with Cloudmark Authority™, the company's comprehensive messaging security solution. Cloudmark Gateway, in conjunction with Cloudmark Authority, offers hosted messaging providers the fastest, most complete messaging security solution available. By performing intelligent protocol and content filtering at the perimeter of the hosted messaging environment, Cloudmark Gateway prevents unwanted e-mail traffic from impacting messaging infrastructure and user inboxes. As a result, Cloudmark Gateway significantly reduces infrastructure requirements and improves the quality of service offered by hosted messaging providers.

As an edge solution, Cloudmark Gateway can be deployed seamlessly in any hosted messaging environment, including Microsoft Exchange, IBM Lotus Domino, Novell GroupWise and open source Linux-based e-mail platforms. In addition, Cloudmark Gateway offers carrier-grade reliability and scalability, critical for managed services environments where service level agreements (SLAs) include financial penalties for downtime or long delivery times. Cloudmark Gateway operates in a clustered configuration with shared intelligence, policy control and dynamic failover across the cluster, while Cloudmark Authority maintains a local cache of threat data for full redundancy and independence.

Each Cloudmark Gateway server or appliance is able to process more than 3 million messages per hour in tandem with Cloudmark Authority content filtering -- 20 times faster than competitive solutions -- while utilizing only a fraction of the processing power required by other filtering solutions. This unmatched performance enables hosted messaging providers to easily scale with increasing e-mail traffic volumes.

"As a provider of hosted messaging services and platforms to enterprises, we wanted a centralized message security solution that was not only accurate at blocking unwanted traffic, but also offered expanded message handling capabilities that could easily scale to accommodate our growth," said Ben Nunez, president at XIF Communications. "Cloudmark Gateway, together with Authority, fulfilled all of these requirements. After deploying Cloudmark, we have realized significant operational benefits and more importantly, are able to offer the best e-mail experience to our business customers."

Cloudmark Gateway features a flexible policy management engine and directory integration that lets service providers offer individualized e-mail handling at the domain or workgroup level. Cloudmark Gateway supports a wide range of policies that can be customized to meet the unique security requirements of businesses. For example, hosted providers can enable their customers to automatically restrict "company confidential" messages from being delivered outside a specified domain.

"More and more companies are turning to outsourced messaging providers due to the need for higher levels of reliability and security, enhanced messaging capabilities and greater cost savings," said Jamie de Guerre, CTO of Cloudmark. "As a result, hosted messaging providers will be faced with growing traffic volume along with increased demands for storage resources. Cloudmark Gateway, together with Cloudmark Authority, enables providers to easily scale to meet this demand while delivering secure, reliable e-mail services that are customized to fit the unique security requirements of their customers."

About Cloudmark Gateway

Cloudmark Gateway, a high-performance edge mail transfer agent (MTA), integrates seamlessly with Cloudmark Authority to deliver the industry's fastest and most accurate edge message filtering. Designed for carrier-class deployments, Cloudmark Gateway empowers service providers with complete control over message handling and policy enforcement at the network edge. Cloudmark Gateway is the first MTA to deliver rich policy capabilities at the edge. Customized policies can be applied at the SMTP stage, before messages are accepted, or at the content stage, once the message has been received. Specific threat mitigation techniques, including anti-denial of service, traffic shaping and connection throttling, can also be applied to limit all forms of messaging abuse. Cloudmark Gateway is designed for easy integration with existing infrastructure, third-party applications and legacy systems. The Cloudmark Gateway edge solution is available in software or appliance configurations based on the service provider's desired implementation scheme.

About Cloudmark Authority

Cloudmark Authority leverages Advanced Message Fingerprinting™ technology based on innovative, high-performance algorithms and real-time, corroborated feedback from the Cloudmark Global Threat Network to stop spam, phishing and viruses with greater than 98 percent accuracy and near zero false positives. Inbound and outbound messages are checked against an in-memory cache of verified fingerprints that is updated every 45 seconds, delivering security intelligence and filtering at all points in the messaging infrastructure and providing customers with greater operational efficiency. In just the past year, seven of the top 10 ISPs/carriers in North America selected Cloudmark Authority to protect millions of consumers from spam, phishing and virus threats.

About Cloudmark

Cloudmark, Inc. is a global leader in carrier-grade messaging security, delivering the industry's fastest, most comprehensive and most accurate real-time spam, virus and phishing protection for fixed and mobile networks. Cloudmark solutions combine highly sophisticated Advanced Message Fingerprinting™ technology based on innovative, high-performance algorithms and a Global Threat Network consisting of trusted reporters in 163 countries to provide security intelligence and filtering at all points in the messaging infrastructure. Cloudmark solutions currently protect more than 180 million mailboxes and more than 80 of the world's largest service provider and mobile operator networks (including seven of the top 10 in North America), such as EarthLink, Comcast, Cablevision, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, NTT Communications, SprintNextel, Virgin Mobile and Swisscom. Cloudmark is a privately held company headquartered in San Francisco with offices in London, Tokyo, Beijing and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit http://www.cloudmark.com.

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