ISP-Planet’s anti-spam directory offers you a quick overview of the promising but challenging variety of spam solutions on the market.
Anti-spam products offered to ISPs are no longer mere ports of enterprise systems; most companies now build specific products for the ISP market. There are many options available, and each ISP should be able to find a suitable product.
|Product and Company||Founded||Service|
|Most Recent Article|
|PureMessage by |
|July 1997 in Vancouver BC Canada||Perl-based open source server-side software. Designed to be customizable.|
|[November 8, 2002”||Pearl of an Anti-Spam Program|
|Brightmail||1998 in San Francisco CA||Software takes advantage of a global network of spam-collecting dummy mailboxes to "fingerprint" spam. Designed for big ISPs.|
|[October 11, 2002”||Brightmail 4.0 Cracks Down on Spam|
|OrangeBox by Cobion||1997 in Kassel, Germany||Filtering and anti-spam software, available in enterprise (server-side) and home (client-side) versions, is supported by a data center that crawls 120 million websites every month.|
|[March 27, 2003”||Ready to go Right Out of the OrangeBox|
|SpamSquelcher by ePrivacy Group||1999 in Philadelphia PA||Appliance uses heuristics to prioritize email over spam without actually stopping spam. Complements other anti-spam methods. Starts at $19,000, with actual price depending on network size.|
|[February 20, 2003”||Slower Spam Would Annoy Spammers|
|Habeas, Inc.||2002 in |
Palo Alto CA
|Fighting spam with copyrighted haiku and the DMCA.|
|[September 12, 2002”||Poetry vs. Spam in Amsterdam|
|IMail by |
|1991 in Lexington MA||NT-based mail server. Priced at $1,495 for unlimited users plus an annual service agreement of about $445.|
|[April 11, 2000”||IMail’s Security, Anti-Relay, and Anti-Spam Features|
|IronPort Systems||November 2001 in San Bruno CA||Appliance-based. Relies on a "bonded server" concept.|
|[October 4, 2002”||Making Spammers Pay|
|SkyScan AS by MessageLabs||December 1999 in Gloucester UK||Uses heuristics. MessageLabs runs its own servers through which customers’ mail passes. Priced per user per month starting at about $3.24 for 100 mailboxes and decreasing for higher volumes.|
|[July 31, 2002”||Keeping Up With Ratware|
|Message Server by Mirapoint||1997 in Sunnyvale CA||High-end mail appliance vendor. Multi-featured server starts at $39,000.|
|[April 12, 2002”||Mirapoint’s Multiprocessing Messengers|
|Net-Sieve||October 2001 in Austin TX||Appliance-based product starts at a $19,995 flat fee for 250 users.|
|[January 2, 2003”||An Anti-Spam Startup’s First Box|
|Postini||1999 in Redwood City CA||This scalable service has a wide variety of pricing options, so ask Postini for detailed pricing information for your ISP.|
|[November 20, 2000”||Hope on the E-mail Front|
|MailSite by Rockliffe||1995 in Campbell CA||A Windows-based mail server. Service provider and carrier-class versions of the software are available.|
|[January 10, 2002”||Charging Fees For What Once Was Free|
|MailCenter by Sendmail||November 1997 in Emeryville CA||Eric Allman has been developing message transfer agents (MTAs) since 1981. His company is moving into total mail management. A 100,000 user ISP might pay about $3 per user for the current product.|
|[December 18, 2002”||Mailcenter’s Modular Mail Management|
|CommuniGate Pro by Stalker Software||1993 in Mill Valley CA||High-end mail server available on 25 different operating systems.|
|[May 8, 2000”||Heterogeneous Multi-Server Clusters|
|Vanquish||2002 in Marlborough MA||Client-based software sold to end users directly and through ISP partners. Relies on a "bonded sender" concept and complements other anti-spam measures.|
|[September 6, 2002”||Anti-Spam Startup Seeks ISP Partners|
|ModusMail by |
|1994 in Montrial Quebec Canada||Priced starting at $6,495 for 1,000 mailboxes on one server, the product uses on a coalition of ISPs to update spam definitions.|
|[January 17, 2003”||Software Equipped with Human Brains|
Reprinted from ISP-Planet.
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