Better Integration

By Larry Seltzer  |  Posted 2004-05-20 Print this article Print

After a time, the consolidation of the companies and product lines should make for better integration of both the administration and the packaging. You might see Brightmails software integrated into Symantec appliances, for example, and you might see Symantec Enterprise Security Manager managing Brightmail. In fact, its another good opportunity to take one more directory out of the enterprise and give admins one less thing to manage on a day-to-day basis.

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Like I always say, Im a big fan of services, and Brightmail is a product rather than a service (although at least one partner, Critical Path, implements Brightmail as a service for its customers, and I know others have done it as well). Brightmails service-based competitors have been using the announcement of the sale as an opportunity for a dig at Brightmails model.

"Brightmail, with its software-based approach, only addresses a partial segment of the enterprise market," said Steve Jillings, president and CEO of FrontBridge Technologies Inc. "Leading industry observers point to managed services as a more viable solution for eliminating spam and security threats, placing the task in the hands of third-party experts and off the to-do lists of already burdened IT managers."

Postini Inc., which claims to be the fourth-largest mail processor in the United States (behind America Online Inc., Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp.), makes similar points. "Brightmail touts impressive mailbox security numbers (300 million), but this is skewed by the fact that they do most of their business with ISPs and are much more consumer-oriented in their application sectors," Postini officials said.

Getting in bed with Symantec wont make Brightmail into a service, but it might make it more manageable and integrated with an enterprise infrastructure. Not everyones going to want a service for their spam protection, so Brightmail needs to make a better product, and integrating better with IT security is one way to do it.

Security Center Editor Larry Seltzer has worked in and written about the computer industry since 1983. Check out eWEEK.coms Security Center at for the latest security news, reviews and analysis.

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Larry Seltzer has been writing software for and English about computers ever since—,much to his own amazement—,he graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.

He was one of the authors of NPL and NPL-R, fourth-generation languages for microcomputers by the now-defunct DeskTop Software Corporation. (Larry is sad to find absolutely no hits on any of these +products on Google.) His work at Desktop Software included programming the UCSD p-System, a virtual machine-based operating system with portable binaries that pre-dated Java by more than 10 years.

For several years, he wrote corporate software for Mathematica Policy Research (they're still in business!) and Chase Econometrics (not so lucky) before being forcibly thrown into the consulting market. He bummed around the Philadelphia consulting and contract-programming scenes for a year or two before taking a job at NSTL (National Software Testing Labs) developing product tests and managing contract testing for the computer industry, governments and publication.

In 1991 Larry moved to Massachusetts to become Technical Director of PC Week Labs (now eWeek Labs). He moved within Ziff Davis to New York in 1994 to run testing at Windows Sources. In 1995, he became Technical Director for Internet product testing at PC Magazine and stayed there till 1998.

Since then, he has been writing for numerous other publications, including Fortune Small Business, Windows 2000 Magazine (now Windows and .NET Magazine), ZDNet and Sam Whitmore's Media Survey.

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