I D C V E N D O R S P O T L I G H T
Using a Hosted Service for Holistic E-Mail
Adapted from Worldwide Messaging Security 2008 2012 Forecast and 2007 Vendor Shares: Forecast Looks
Cloudy, by Brian Burke IDC # 213571; and Worldwide Email Archiving Applications 2007 2011 Forecast and
2006 Vendor Shares: Storage Optimization, Mailbox Management, and Records Retention for eDiscovery and
Compliance Drive Investments, by Laura DuBois, IDC # 206729.
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Organizations are increasingly beset by policy, regulatory, continuity and security requirements for
their data. This is particularly applicable for email, which has become the primary communication and
collaborative platform at many organizations. To meet the demands imposed by regulatory
requirements while protecting themselves against litigation-related discovery requests and
safeguarding their networks against security breaches organizations are turning to email
management and other messaging solutions that provide functionality for archiving, business
continuity and security. According to IDC, the market for email archiving applications alone was 703
million in 2007, a 34% increase over the prior year's revenues, and IDC estimates that 2008 revenues
will approach 900 million.
The Need for Email Management Solutions
Increasingly complex messaging requirements characterized by worldwide regulatory, compliance
and archiving issues in addition to longstanding security concerns are driving the adoption of holistic
email management from the cloud. Holistic email management solutions from the cloud are hosted
services that integrate messaging management with archiving, business continuity and security
components. According to IDC, the market for hosted messaging security services will increase from
443 million in 2007 to nearly 1.750 billion in 2012, representing a compound annual growth rate of
31.6%. IDC estimates that in many cases, 50 70% of unwanted messaging traffic can be stopped in
the cloud before it enters the corporate network. (Cloud-based software, as well as software-as-a-
service (SaaS) and hosted messaging security are essentially variations of the same thing; such
software is characterized by the software, services, and support offerings that are specifically built
and designed for one-to-many delivery over the Internet.) Such integrated solutions are becoming
increasingly necessary for many organizations: Since governance, risk management and compliance
are intrinsically linked, organizations are looking for messaging solutions that integrate the policy
enforcement, hygiene, continuity, retention and discovery issues related to email.
In such a complex and intertwined environment, mitigating messaging risk is no longer just a matter
of filtering out spam and malicious code such as viruses, Trojans and worms. At many organizations
today, email is the most important messaging application and collaboration platform; typically these
organizations no longer deploy email servers to handle email per se they build complex email
infrastructures that are designed to handle numerous regulatory and compliance-related activities
such as the enforcement of corporate policies and procedures, archiving data for legal purposes, and
as a platform for ensuring business continuity in the event of a disaster.
In effect, messaging solutions need to be much more multi-dimensional and comprehensive.
Concerns with data loss prevention and regulatory compliance are driving the need for more