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March 29, 2010

modusGate Effectively Prevents Security Intruders

By Mini Swamy, TMCnet Contributor

It’s time to jump on to the virtualization bandwagon! With most computers being underutilized, it makes sense to run multiple virtual machines on a single computer, so that different operating systems and different applications can be run on the same computer.

E-mail security products are a perfect target for virtualization. Vircom Inc., experts in the e-mail security industry, announced that it officially supported anti-spam virtualization with the modusGate VM e-mail security software platform.

VMware virtualization works by inserting a thin layer of software directly on the computer hardware or on a host operating system, which helps multiple operating systems to run concurrently on a single computer, sharing hardware resources with each other. Each virtual machine, has a separate operating system, and is complete by itself.

Vircom’s modusGate offers a complete e-mail security and spam protection in a standalone gateway software to protect the e-mail server. The  modusGate technology analyzes all inbound and outbound e-mail to counteract spam, phishing, viruses, and every other kind of unauthorized communication, ensuring a high spam catch-rate and a virtually non-existent false-positive rate The Sequential Content Analyzer in  modusGate’s doesn’t allow spam to get through.

Any threat to e-mail communication is eliminated, and only the right mails are allowed to pass through. The artificial intelligence based content analyzer, and various protocol filters block threats at the network and content levels.

An e-mail security VM can grow at the same rate as an organization’s mailbox count and e-mail volume, because virtual machines can be easily scaled up and down according to the resources they require. This helps to maximize the host server’s utilization and reduce costs associated with power and cooling.

Vircom’s modusGate  leads the pack in threat-turnaround time, and is able to detect and solve new threats within hours, if not minutes. They also reduce the turnaround time and a new virtual e-mail security server can be up and running within minutes compared to hours or days for its physical counterpart. Backups and recovery can also be achieved at lower costs and redundancy and high-availability plans can be easily designed with Vircom’s Blockade infrastructure.

“We see virtualization taking a growing space in the e-mail security industry. Vircom has, and will continue to be, at the forefront of thought leadership with this new product offering. modusGate, “ said Sylvain Durocher Vircom CEO, adding that it was an easy-to-setup and efficient anti-spam and anti-virus gateway software for corporate mail servers such as Exchange, and that e-mail security virtualization was consistent with the company’s vision and today’s IT departments’ requirements.

Optimized for small and medium-sized corporate and service provider environments, modusGate VM is an e-mail security virtual machine that runs on Windows 2003 and 2008 guest OS, and performs spam filtering for virtual and physical e-mail servers, including Exchange 2003, 2007 and 2010.

Vircom Inc. is a software development and professional services company focused exclusively on e-mail messaging security. Founded in 1994, Vircom is the only e-mail security vendor to offer a wide range of deployment options, proprietary anti-spam technology, complete Windows  infrastructure integration and premium customer service.

In a related news release, Vircom Inc., a thought leader in the corporate e-mail messaging security, has confirmed that its anti-spam products modusGate and modusMail have effectively blocked the most recent wave of spam, Snowshoe.


Mini Swamy is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Kelly McGuire

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