IT security and control firm Sophos today announced that the
Sophos ES1000 email appliance ranked above its peers in a recent
study of email appliances for organizations with up to 1,000 users.
Independent testing lab eVision IT Labs reported that the Sophos
ES1000 offered better anti-spam protection and ease-of-use in an
environment replicating a real-life installation with live spam
feeds, multiple user groups and various policy needs.
The report, Email Appliances for the Small/Medium-Sized Business
Market, assessed popular SMB solutions from Sophos, IronPort and
Clearswift. eVision IT Labs recognized the Sophos ES1000 as
"changing the landscape of email appliances" while "offering IT
Directors a persuasively innovative way to simplify their
operations." The ES1000's automated maintenance, real-time support
and remote monitoring functions earned high scores as these
criteria were acknowledged as critical SMB capabilities. The ES1000
also ranked first with a 99.4 percent spam catch rate.
In contrast, the IronPort C150 appliance was found to be more
difficult to manage than the Sophos ES1000. eVision IT Labs also
noted that the IronPort C150 delivered unreliable spam protection
coupled with features that were unnecessary for SMBs. Clearswift
MIMEsweeper 2.6 was reportedly the hardest solution to deploy and
manage on a daily basis.
"Sophos acknowledges that today's complex IT environments demand
simple, reliable security solutions - whether IT managers are
overseeing enterprise or SMB networks," said Jeff Epstein, senior
email security analyst for Sophos. "Our email appliances are
unparalleled. The ES1000, for example, offers the right mix of
configurable systems and automated management capabilities that
enable IT managers to control one of the network's most
mission-critical applications without wasting countless hours and
dollars. In the end, managers have the peace of mind and confidence
that comes from knowing that their email is safe and
The three email appliances were evaluated for ease of
installation and deployment, day-to-day management and performance,
reporting and compliance, and price. eVision IT Labs chose those
criteria assuming that IT managers value IT efficiency and high
productivity rates in SMB environments where budget and time
constraints are commonly experienced.
Learn more about the eVision's report "Email Appliances for the
Small/Medium-Sized Business Market".