SOURCE: Ipswitch, Inc.

June 12, 2006 10:45 ET

Fuse 8 Standardizes on Ipswitch Collaboration Suite for New Managed Email Service

Extreme Ease of Use and Administration Allows Leading Creative Agency to Offer Spam-Free Email to Its Clients

LEXINGTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 12, 2006 -- Ipswitch, a leading developer of network management, messaging and file transfer solutions, today announced that Fuse 8, a top creative agency, has selected Ipswitch Collaboration Suite (ICS) 2006 Premium Edition over competing email solutions as the basis for its new managed email service offering, as well as for its own internal use. Fuse 8 offers marketing services including: advertising, identity management, website design and hosted email solutions. ICS provides Fuse 8 with a low-administration email solution that virtually eliminates spam and false positives (legitimate email messages mistakenly marked as spam) and that can easily scale to become the basis of its managed email service.

"Our aim is for organic, stable growth for which IT and communication is vital," explains Fuse 8 CEO, Mark Walton. "Communicating reliably between our offices in Leeds and Chelyabinsk in Russia, in addition to our clients is critical so we needed a robust solution, which wouldn't break the bank."

ICS 2006 Premium Edition offers premium anti-spam protection that blocks spam and virtually eliminates false positives. This is critical because historically the fear of accidentally blocking an important message has deterred many companies from implementing strong anti-spam measures. The anti-spam engine is activated with a single click, works in 30 different languages and automatically updates every 10 minutes.

"Email is the lynchpin of business today and part of all of our daily lives. We required a reliable email solution with stringent anti-spam technology," said Fuse 8 CEO, Mark Walton. "However, many solutions on the market were simply not cost effective for our use as they were clearly designed for large enterprises or small start-ups."

Since deploying ICS, Fuse 8 has seen a massive decrease in the volume of inbound email, due to the eradication of spam, which reduces networking and IT management costs. By enabling a new managed email service for its clients, ICS is also generating new revenue streams for Fuse 8.

"Too many small- and medium-sized businesses such as Fuse 8 see their bottom lines compromised by IT systems that were designed for large enterprises and exact inordinate IT resources," said Richard April, vice president of worldwide marketing at Ipswitch. "Ipswitch built ICS 2006 specifically for businesses like Fuse 8, with a fundamental understanding that it must be extremely easy to use and administer. Fuse 8 is gaining a greater return on investment by using ICS 2006 as the foundation of a service offering."

Ipswitch's messaging and collaboration product family includes Ipswitch Collaboration Suite (ICS) 2006 Standard Edition and Premium Edition used by Fuse 8, as well as the well known Ipswitch IMail Server 2006 and IMail Server 2006 Secure Editions. All of Ipswitch's messaging solutions offer superior price/performance, scalability and total cost of ownership advantages over all leading alternatives, unlike overly complex enterprise-class products that require substantial IT overhead or, inversely, strictly limited, low-end solutions that quickly max out for growing SMBs. Moreover, Ipswitch IMail Server 2006 Secure Edition and ICS 2006 Premium Edition come standard with enterprise class anti-virus protection powered by Symantec® Scan Engine and language-aware, automatically updated anti-spam technology from Mail-Filters™, providing integrated protection against spam, phishing attacks and viruses.

About Ipswitch, Inc.

Ipswitch develops and markets software that works for small and mid-sized businesses worldwide. More than 100 million people use Ipswitch software to collaborate via Ipswitch Collaboration Suite, monitor their networks with Ipswitch WhatsUp®, and transfer files over the Internet using the market leading Ipswitch WS_FTP® Professional client and Ipswitch WS_FTP Server. To view the Ipswitch blog visit http://blogs.ipswitch.com. To read Ipswitch CEO Roger Greene's blog visit http://blogs.ipswitch.com/greene/. Ipswitch values community involvement; visit http://icare.ipswitch.com to find out how to become involved. For product and sales information, write to info@ipswitch.com or visit http://www.ipswitch.com.

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