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Secure Messaging Vendor Offers Management Appliance

Secure Messaging Vendor Offers Management Appliance
January 28, 2003

Tumbleweed Communications on Monday announced an appliance that runs its MMS 5.5 software, which provides content filtering, secure email, anti-virus and anti-spam capabilities.

Tumbleweed MMS Appliance Edition is intended to appeal to large enterprises that need great scalability and flexibility in a comprehensive package of content filtering and secure messaging tools, says Bill Bradford, vice president of product management and marketing for Tumbleweed.

"You don't usually think of an appliance in that context," he says. "We're trying to make a solution that's easier to deploy, install and configure."

The appliance is based on a platform with dual Pentium III processors running a hardened version of the Windows 2000 operating system and SQL Server 2000 database, all tuned to run the MMS 5.5 software. Whereas previously it may take customers about half a day to install MMS 5.5 and its various components, plus additional time to procure all the necessary hardware, internal Tumbleweed tests show the appliance can be installed in about 30 minutes, says Joe Fisher, director of product management.

All the same features included in the software-only version of MMS are offered with the appliance.

"You can still centrally manage it and set up replication between SQL Server databases," Fisher says. "There's no capability that we've stripped away."

Those capabilities include anti-spam, with a pre-defined set of spam detection and blocking policies. Customers can also customize the appliance to meet their specific spam policies. MMS can filter all inbound and outbound email and attachments to ensure compliance with corporate policies regarding intellectual property and sensitive information, as well as encrypt email at the corporate gateway, again according to corporate policies. The appliance also provides anti-virus capabilities and offers a central, Web-based administration console.

Tumbleweed MMS Appliance Edition costs $50,000 for all hardware and software components.

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