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All In One E-Mail Security Appliance Available From Sophos

Sophos : 10 February, 2011  (New Product)
VMware virtual environment operators can now make use of a virtual security appliance from Sophos for security and data protection for e-mails
Global IT security and data protection company Sophos has announced the availability of its Virtual Email Security Appliance – the first virtual security appliance to bring strong security, data protection, and administration ease to the latest VMware virtual environments.  This new virtual appliance delivers on the growing popularity of businesses seeking cost savings, responsiveness, scalability, and continuity through virtualisation, from a trusted brand in the industry.



A member of the highly acclaimed Sophos Email Security and Data Protection product line,  the new virtual email appliance brings the same integrated protection and simplified management of Sophos’ hardware appliances to VMWare virtualised environments – providing a uniquely integrated solution that combines data loss prevention (DLP) and email encryption with proactive spam and malware protection.



Benefits of New Sophos Virtual Email Security Appliances



- Rapid provisioning, responsiveness and change management using pre-configured virtual machine profiles and a standard Open Virtualisation Format (OVF) distribution file

- Proactive threat protection via Sophos’ Behavioral Genotype technology that provides unique anti-malware detection of zero-day threats

- Zero setup, offline accessible data protection with integrated SPX email
encryption and DLP utilising pre-packaged sensitive data intelligence supplied and updated via SophosLabs

- Clutter-free inboxes with Sophos anti-spam technologies such as Sender Genotype and Live in-the-cloud anti-spam lookups that block over 99% of spam

- Automation of most routine maintenance tasks with Sophos’ unique managed appliance experience service that includes automatic updates, monitoring, alerting, and remote remediation if needed

- Improved IT efficiency through a streamlined 3-clicks-to-anywhere task-based administration interface that relies on wizards to make policy and configuration simple

- Complete interoperability and clustering with Sophos’ hardware appliances and other Sophos security products



The new virtual email appliance is one of many Sophos initiatives focused on supporting the virtualised data centre and endpoints with additional virtual appliance products slated for later this year.  



Sophos customers and analysts such as Gartner agree that virtualisation is much more than a tactical cost-cutting trend.  Gartner aptly notes that virtualisation is creating a strategic shift in overall IT modernisation with virtual machines improving responsiveness and delivery within an enterprise 10, 20, or even 30 times faster than traditional hardware and software server solutions.



According to VMWare, server virtualisation allows organisations to be more efficient reducing hardware and operating costs by as much as 50% and energy costs by 80% all while reducing the time it takes to provision new servers by up to 70%.



In 2010, the Sophos Email Security Appliance was recognised by several independent industry test centres.  NetworkWorld reviewers concluded that Sophos has a "clear vision for the future of DLP" and a “very practical understanding of the role of DLP in a modern organisation”.  SC Magazine named the Sophos Email Security Appliance as the 'Best Buy' of the group test, which included Fortinet, McAfee, PGP, Proofpoint, Trend Micro, and several others.  Sophos earned a five-out-of-five stars rating for its top-notch features, ease of use, performance, documentation, support, and value for the money.



Chris Kraft, Vice President of Product Management, Sophos: "Businesses are saving considerable time and effort virtualising parts of their data centres but have been traditionally faced with limited options for comprehensive email security.  We believe the Sophos Virtual Email Appliance provides organisations with the most complete option for email security, providing reliable protection against all forms of spam and malware while also addressing the latest demands in safeguarding data through our patent-pending SPX encryption and DLP capabilities.  All of these capabilities are delivered through our exclusive managed email security appliance platform, which provides full 24x7 monitoring of email traffic and system health.  With our offering, we are confident our customers and the market will be able to achieve top security and data protection with less administrative burden, greater peace of mind, and significant savings.”
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