MessageLabs Makes Acquisition to Expand Reach
The provider of managed e-mail security services is acquiring enterprise instant messaging vendor Omnipod to expand its offerings beyond e-mail and Web filtering services.Managed e-mail security services provider MessageLabs Inc. is acquiring enterprise instant messaging vendor Omnipod Inc. to expand its offerings beyond e-mail and Web filtering services, said officials today. In the short term, MessageLabs plans to offer Omnipods managed hosted IM service, Professional Online Desktop, as a separate service, but in the first quarter of 2006 the company will integrate MessageLabs security technologies into Omnipods IM service. In the second quarter of 2006, MessageLabs plans to launch a proxy-based IM security service based on the combined technologies that will work with other corporate IM clients and that the company will target to compete with offerings from IM security specialists like IMLogic Inc., FaceTime Communications Inc. and Akonix Systems Inc., said Brian Czarny, vice president of product management, for MessageLabs, in New York.
"We initially were looking at building it ourselves or partnering, but OmniPod seemed like a natural fit. They have a managed service like we do, and once we got a good look at them, we saw it was fairly easy to integrate them from a technological perspective," said Czarny.