Product Information

Gordano Messaging Server

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August 02, 2004
Website:

http://www.gordano.com

Price

$10,310 for 1,000 users

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QUICK READ

  • Strengths:

    Competitively priced, simple to install, intuitive management and configuration.

  • Weaknesses:

    Not the most feature rich offering, but at this price, there's little to complain about.

  • Verdict:

    An excellent choice for companies looking for a fully-featured, secure mail solution on a budget.

The Gordano Messaging Server (GMS) anti-virus product is a complete email solution aimed at the enterprise, yet offered at a competitive price and with comprehensive built-in security.

With support for Windows, several flavours of Unix and Linux, it is a fully featured product with several welcome additions, including a Short Message Service (SMS) gateway, support for instant messaging and solid anti-spam filtering.

While the software's main role is to act as a mail server, the security additions are more than adequate.

Top of the list of security measures is its anti-virus engine, which claims to successfully block viruses before they enter the network. Gordano allows virus definition files to be automatically downloaded as often as every 15 minutes if required.

The roots of the mail server are based on what used to be called NT Mail, regarded as an excellent, fully-featured product. When combined with the optional extras, it really is hard to beat.

One strong point is the ease of installation and use. During set-up, the mail server was created quickly and with little fuss – just a domain name and a password are required to get up and running. We were impressed by how quickly everything was in place and found the web-based management interface to be intuitive and straightforward.

The first task was to download a new virus definition file – again, a simple procedure. Any updates are emailed to the domain name that is entered in the installation process.

Optional extras include anti-virus software, email protection for any mail program and instant messenger, an anti-spam module and SMS and pager support.

During installation you are prompted to select the options you wish to install, as well as specify the authentication process – Gordano's propriety database, or external databases such as SQL, LDAP or active directory.

While some of the products on review in this test offer more comprehensive security and anti-virus features, if you are in the market for a robust, safe and competitively priced mail solution, then look no further than Gordano.

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