Symantec has taken a hands-off approach integrating hosted messaging provider MessageLabs since its acquisition of the company in November 2008, according to MessageLabs' former chief executive.
Many of the same managers have stayed on since Symantec announced in October 2008 that it would pay $695 million for MessageLabs, said Adrian Chamberlain, who is now a senior vice president in Symantec's Software-as-a-Service group.
Still, "you'd expect there'd be some bumps", Chamberlain said. Symantec hasn't always had the best luck when acquiring companies, some have noted. In early 2007, then-CEO John Thompson called the acquisition of storage vendor Veritas Software one of his biggest challenges in his nearly four decades in the industry.
MessageLabs is best known for its hosted e-mail service that scrubs clients' e-mail of spam and malicious software. Customers pay a monthly subscription for the service. The filtering is done in MessageLab's data centers, and the clean e-mail is delivered through messaging platforms such as Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Domino, among others.
MessageLabs has also branched off into other services, such as scanning instant messages for security threats and filtering Web traffic.
MessageLabs has been instrumental in turning more enterprise customers onto SaaS (software as a service), a concept where applications reside in remote data centers that perform the computing with the results delivered to customers over the Internet.