SMB Series: Eye on e-mail management

Research firm IDC once said that small- and medium-sized businesses often find themselves in a difficult buying position when it comes to technology products.
Written by Jo Best, Contributor

Research firm IDC once said that small- and medium-sized businesses often find themselves in a difficult buying position when it comes to technology products.

According to Ray Boggs, vice president for SMB research at IDC, these companies -- especially ones with 100 to 999 employees -- are in the awkward years of technology use: too big for the simple solutions that serve the smallest firms, but not yet ready for big ticket enterprise approaches.

Additionally, SMBs may dream of reaching new heights through the use of technology but often they can end up weighed down by system downtime, lost data and wasted staff time spent trying to fix problems.

From an application perspective, one of the most commonly used products is e-mail. In this special report, we examine how such companies can manage their systems better in a cost-conscious environment.

Fortify your e-mail defences
Stopping message-borne threats such as spam, viruses, and spyware is essential to prevent network downtime, compromised data and decreased productivity. We look at how you can protect your gateway.

Managing .PST files
When users' mailboxes get full, they create .PST archives. This bloats the network and creates an IT nightmare. How can your business avoid this problem?

How to protect your small business from viruses
Recovering from a virus infection can be expensive, taxing your small business with lost productivity, corrupted data, and downtime. This webcast explains what you can do to protect yourself and your business.

Securing SMBs against e-mail threats
This paper explains why complex, enterprise-level solutions doesn't scale down for use in smaller organisations, and why client-based consumer solutions are generally inappropriate for SMBs.

You've got mail but is it safe?
This paper explains the security threats -- such as viruses and spam campaigns, and phishing scams -- that e-mail poses to businesses.

The ROI on e-mail archiving
Temporary storage repositories built into today's e-mail systems weren't designed for storing vast amounts of messages for long. Yet overloaded systems are the norm, and their costs are significant.

Ipswitch iMail Server
In summary perhaps iMail was a good server in the past, but it has seen its day and definitely is due for some graphical and feature overhauls.

Kerio MailServer 6
Kerio has a very impressive product with MailServer 6, that is easy to install, configure, monitor, and administer.

Sendmail 8.12.11
It is a very reliable, robust, scalable solution when combined with Webmin, and a decent Linux distribution should give the owner many years of faithful service.

Microsoft pushes ahead with mobile e-mail effort
The software giant's long-awaited push e-mail capability for mobile devices is finally headed into the market.

The future of managed e-mail
The leaders of two popular managed e-mail services specialists discuss the importance of hosted e-mail services.

Spamhaus rejects e-mail charge plan
A leading antispam agency has struck back at moves to charge companies a fixed fee to ensure e-mails are delivered, saying it will erode users' freedom.

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