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Proofpoint Introduces Version 5 of Its Breakthrough Virtual Appliance for Email Security and Data Loss Prevention
Proofpoint, Inc., the leader in large-enterprise messaging security solutions, today introduced a new version of the Proofpoint Messaging Security Gateway(TM) Virtual Edition that integrates Proofpoint's Secure Messaging(TM) encryption module, in addition to all of the other features and functionality of Proofpoint 5 (announced today in a separate release). The Proofpoint Messaging Security Gateway Virtual Edition is the first virtual appliance to combine email security, data loss prevention and secure messaging capabilities on a unified architecture for VMware environments.

Powered by Proofpoint 5's new unified appliance architecture, the Proofpoint Messaging Security Gateway Virtual Edition delivers powerful administration features, advanced data loss prevention capabilities and high-performance protection against message-borne threats. The new version includes full integration of powerful, policy-based encryption features with the Proofpoint Secure Messaging module.

Customers who deploy the Proofpoint Messaging Security Gateway Virtual Edition are now able to realize the benefits that Proofpoint 5 provides, coupled with the benefits of virtualization, such as cost savings, rapid deployment and provisioning, simplified change management and easy backup and disaster recovery.

"Proofpoint 5 offers an unbeatable combination of outstanding ease-of-use, the industry's lowest total-cost-of-ownership and the most flexible deployment options -- including the industry's only enterprise-class virtual appliance for email security and data loss prevention," said Sandra Vaughan, senior vice president of products and marketing for Proofpoint. "Customers who deploy our virtual appliance are now able to use the industry's most advanced messaging security technology with very little effort or expense."

All of the benefits of virtualization can be realized with Proofpoint's virtual appliance including:

  • Cost savings related to infrastructure simplification: Reduced hardware, power, cooling and space requirements. 
  • Reliability, backup and disaster recovery: Snapshots of an entire environment can be easily taken and restored at any time, leveraging VMware infrastructure management tools. 
  • Deployment and scalability: New virtual servers can be rapidly deployed on existing hardware. Proofpoint's optimal horizontal scalability architecture allows new virtual appliances to be provisioned in minutes to address changing email requirements. Any number of virtual agent appliances can be deployed at zero incremental cost.
  • Change management: New versions and configuration changes can be tested in a zero-risk environment using a snapshot of the production environment.

To learn more about the benefits of Proofpoint's virtual appliance, view the following webinar replay where product experts from Proofpoint and VMware are joined by Proofpoint Messaging Security Gateway Virtual Edition customer Cincinnati Bell. To view, please visit: .

In addition to enabling the rapid deployment of Proofpoint's messaging security features in VMware production and testing environments, the Proofpoint Messaging Security Gateway Virtual Edition also provides a fast, easy and risk-free way for organizations to evaluate the Proofpoint appliance. A downloadable trial version of Proofpoint's virtual appliance can be installed and run on any x86 desktop or server hardware using the free VMware Server.

To register for the free, 45-day trial version of the Proofpoint Messaging Security Gateway Virtual Edition, please visit: .

System Requirements, Pricing and Availability

The Proofpoint Messaging Security Gateway Virtual Edition is a fully pre-installed and pre-configured enterprise messaging security application, message transfer agent and secure operating environment that runs on any standard x86 desktop or server using VMware Server or VMware Infrastructure.

Pricing for a sample configuration that includes a one-year license of the Proofpoint Messaging Security Gateway Virtual Edition equipped with Proofpoint Spam Detection, Proofpoint Virus Protection, Proofpoint Zero-Hour Anti Virus and Proofpoint Content Compliance modules for 250 users is just under $10,000.

Published Saturday, June 09, 2007 9:57 PM by David Marshall
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