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November 02, 2010

Internet Research Group Releases Report on E-mail Infrastructure

By Rajani Baburajan, TMCnet Contributor

Internet Research Group (IRG), which provides marketing and strategy research reports and consulting services in areas related to the interaction of networks and applications, announced the release of its latest report on e-mail infrastructure.

The report, "A Messaging Fabric: The Case for a Messaging Infrastructure Layer," analyzes e-mail use cases which drive the need for a comprehensive Messaging Fabric as well as the structural and functional requirements, company officials said.

“E-mail was the first Internet application and in many regards is still the most important,” said Peter Christy, co-founder of IRG, in a statement. “Today with the business-critical importance of e-mail, the compounding impact of regulatory compliance and security and the value of preserving an agile e-mail system that can respond quickly both to structural changes as well as changing external demands, our research demonstrates that a need exists for a formalized messaging infrastructure in large enterprises, the Messaging Fabric.”

IRG feels the E-mail Fabric market, which is the evolving category of products and services, has grown in importance to represent a distinct category in e-mail infrastructure.

The research finds that there is real value in having a Messaging Fabric, a formalized layer of messaging middleware, above and beyond what is found in an e-mail product such as Microsoft (News - Alert) Exchange.

The value of a Messaging Fabric increases rapidly as a large enterprise increases in size and complexity because of a set of external forces. IRG says most large enterprises need to pay attention to this emerging category as an important alternative to the OpenSource and locally engineered solutions in use today.

The research has found that companies like Cisco (News - Alert), Google, IBM/Lotus, McAfee, Microsoft, Sendmail, and Symantec provide elements in various degrees.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard

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