Wednesday, 20 July 2005

Breaking news: Microsoft buys FrontBridge

Gosh:
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:
  • 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.
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?

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