September 20, 2006 9:00 AM PDT

Dell, Symantec team on e-mail security

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Dell and Symantec are teaming up to deliver protection for Microsoft Exchange-based e-mail systems, the companies plan to announce Wednesday.

The Round Rock, Texas, PC and server maker and the Cupertino, Calif., software vendor are combining their products in an offering dubbed Secure Exchange. The product is designed to take time and complexity out of running a secure, reliable Microsoft Exchange e-mail system with archiving capabilities, the companies said.

"Everybody uses e-mail," said Judy Chavis, director of business development and global alliances at Dell. "We're making it easier for you to secure your e-mail system."

The announcement comes just a week after Symantec announced a partnership with Juniper Networks to load more of its security technology onto Juniper's networking devices. Earlier this year, Symantec said it would curtail its own security appliance business.

Secure Exchange is made up of Dell PowerEdge servers, PowerVault storage, Dell/EMC storage and several Symantec products, including Symantec Mail Security 8200 Series, Symantec Mail Security for Microsoft Exchange, Symantec Enterprise Vault and Backup Exec, the companies said.

The starting price for a backup and recovery system for 500 mailboxes is $54,678, which includes Dell PowerEdge 1950s, PowerVault 112T, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Microsoft Exchange 2003 and Symantec Backup Exec, Dell and Symantec said in a statement.

This is Dell's first product bundle partnership around Exchange. The company has similar offerings related to the Oracle Database and Oracle Applications, as well as clustered computing, Chavis said.

The product is available in the United States and Europe, and is aimed at midsize organizations with between 500 and 2,000 mailboxes on a Microsoft Exchange e-mail system.


Correction: Due to incorrect information provided by Dell and Symantec, the original version of this story misstated the pricing. The starting price for a backup and recovery system for 500 mailboxes is $54,678.

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I can deploy 100 mail boxes and it don't cost me a dime for the software with all the functionality of a collaboration email system using Linux, scalix or OpenExchange and Clam Antivirus.

Clam AV really cleans out most of the malicious email. The rest that came through can be clean up by the desktop AV. Save your money and use ClamAV.

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Re: Save your money
I'd have to agree with you on using the open source alternatives
wherever possible. Unfortunately, large multi-billion dollar
corporations usually like to throw money down the tubes when it
comes to their software.

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Two Mediocre Companies - A Perfect Match -NT
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By starting at $55K they really mean...
Try more like 65-75K... Complete waste in my opinion. Once you figure in labor and all the little stuff this is easily $100K project. Unless your company is loaded with cash to **** away, any good director can do this in a much less expensive way.

I could not imagine any company seeing this as a good idea. Not only will most companies use existing backup resources and infrastructure, why would anyone want to make large licensing purchases through Dell. Most companies in need of something like this generally already have an Open License or Volume License agreement with Microsoft, additionally, Dell's licensing reps rarely (if ever) use current Microsoft licensing promotions.

If you call Dell for licensing you will get a retail price most likely. Call Zones and at least some of thier reps try to give you the best deal, but even Zones is lacking greatly in licensing training.

Even Microsoft themselves do not have a great understanding of thier licensing, I have had our Microsoft rep on the phone with the fullfillment department of Microsoft and on 3-way with a third, they all had different information and could not agree on anything, for the hassle they gave us SBS2003 Premium free of charge since they couldn't figure out how to get us the correct media kit to go with the Open license agreement we purchased for our customer.

I have secured hundreds of solution opportunities just based on our ability to get the most out of Microsoft licensing and current promotions. Its pretty bad when a Gold partner knows more about Microsoft Licensing than Microsoft themselves.

~Mr. Network :-)
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