The Radicati Group's latest study, "Hosted Email, 2005-2009," provides an in-depth look at all segments of the hosted e-mail market, including: Hosted Business Email Providers, Managed Business Email Providers, ISP/Webmail Providers and Mobile Phone Email Providers, according to a press release. According to the study, while 64 percent of "hosted business e-mail" accounts are currently small business customers (1 to 100 employees), a greater percentage of medium and large businesses are investigating and deploying hosted e-mail solutions. Faced with growing messaging complexity and rising costs, the lucrative "midmarket" of 500 to 5,000 employee organizations represents a key opportunity for hosted e-mail providers. These customers are often frustrated with managing security concerns on their own, as well as responding to growing requirements for e-mail archiving and regulatory compliance. The study estimates there are currently 856 million hosted e-mail accounts; this is expected to grow to 1,449 million by the end of 2009, or 69 percent over the four-year period. The Radicati Group works with corporate organizations to assist them in selecting the right products and technologies to support their business needs, as well as with vendors to define the best strategic direction for their products. The company also works with investment firms on a worldwide basis to help them identify and assess new investment opportunities, according to the release.
Postini Announces Integrated Message Management for Enterprises
Postini this week announced a new comprehensive approach for Integrated Message Management that addresses security, compliance, availability and visibility requirements of corporate enterprises. According to the release, Postini's Integrated Message Management offering is a suite of message management applications that extends Postini's offering beyond e-mail security to instant messaging and archiving. The new Postini Perimeter Manager for IM addresses the growing need for the protection and management of instant messaging (IM) within businesses, while the new Postini Archive Manager will provide Postini's customers the ability to establish and enforce both regulatory and general business policies for the archiving and discovery of e-mail and IM. "Companies need a coherent approach to meeting security and compliance requirements for both e-mail and instant messaging," said Scott Petry, founder and senior vice president of products and engineering at Postini, in a press release. "With Postini Integrated Message Management, we are delivering the only truly integrated way for IT to seamlessly consolidate their security, compliance, availability and visibility technologies onto a single platform with the ease of deployment only a managed service can provide." Postini's Integrated Message Management platform is built upon the company's Active Policy Management Framework, which provides enterprise customers the flexibility to define and apply policies across the entire organization, or assigning them to specific groups or individuals. This flexible policy framework, combined with Postini's extensive set of disposition options, gives enterprises the controls they need to create a truly compliant messaging environment, according the release.