Today at 1:30 PM (PT), Microsoft announced its intent to acquire FrontBridge Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of managed services for message security, compliance, and continuity. FrontBridge is a privately-held company based in Los Angeles, CA with services trusted by more than 3,100 businesses worldwide, delivered through an impressive partner network including AT&T, Equant, IBM, NEC, Siemens Business Services, Inc., Sprint, TELUS, and VeriSign. With this acquisition, Microsoft will deliver services for:FrontBridge is of course one of the "big four" hosted anti-spam solutions (yeah, I know, they do AV, DR, and crypto, yadda yadda). So who fancies buying MessageLabs, MX Logic, and Postini? And what of smaller, regional providers, such as BlackSpider?
- Message Compliance: Mitigate compliance and e-discovery risk through a fully-managed e-mail and instant message archiving, retrieval and reporting service.
- Message Security: Secure messaging infrastructure from internal and external threats through the use of multi-layered filtering technologies and encryption.
- Message Continuity: Ensure e-mail availability and disaster recovery continuity during emergency scenarios through the high availability and redundancy of the FrontBridge network made up of eight data centers located around the globe.
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