November 26, 2002

ActiveState Unveils PureMessage

Elaine Chong writes "ActiveState Corp. today released PureMessage
(formerly PerlMx), further strengthening the power of its
trusted anti-spam, anti-virus, and policy compliance solution, greatly
reducing IT administration surrounding unsolicited email and providing
enhanced protection of end user inboxes."

PureMessage 3.0 empowers IT administrators with new features including a
new intuitive web-based administration console, enhanced spam
identification and management flexibility, optional end user quarantine
management, next generation anti-spam heuristics, and the McAfee
anti-virus engine.

Ideal for mid-to-large sized enterprises, universities, and service
providers, PureMessage analyzes email traffic at the network perimeter
to identify spam and viruses before they congest resources and deliver
their payload to individual inboxes. The gateway mode feature enables
PureMessage to interoperate with any corporate email system, for
deployment with any existing mail infrastructure. Leveraging
ActiveState's strength in open source technology, PureMessage provides
the most advanced filtering solutions, with full extensibility in Perl,
the best language for text processing.

PureMessage is up to 98% effective in removing unsolicited messages,
employing the latest in anti-spam heuristics, which are updated
periodically to protect against the changing tactics of spammers. The
new, web-based console enables administrators to easily establish their
policies for handling viruses and spam messages as organizational
preferences or policy dictates. While PureMessage provides a very broad
range of policy actions, most organizations typically quarantine spam
messages, enabling end users to review their quarantine contents or
"mark" messages with spam indicators and deliver messages to intended
recipients for further review or automated client filtering. PureMessage
also supports the ability to archive, forward, delete, and other

"Managing our email protection with PureMessage is now much easier. The
new web console makes administration a cinch and the mail stats filter
helps us provide reports to management on mail server usage without
needing to install and configure another product," said Mike Stevens,
Network Administrator, Macrovision. "We evaluated many
email filtering solutions and decided against off-site mail filtering
services since we didn't want to introduce another possible point of
failure. PureMessage met our anti-spam and anti-virus needs all in one
product, on our own servers, thereby reducing complexity, as well as
making our end users very happy."

PureMessage key new customer benefits:

  • web-based GUI eliminates the need for administrators to work with
    command line tools for administrative tasks
  • world class anti-virus protection from McAfee Security, which
    detects known and unknown viruses, worms, and malicious code
  • advanced anti-spam heuristics incorporating the latest developments
    in spam identification rules and techniques
  • quarantine management allows end users to receive periodic digests
    of their quarantined messages for review or retrieval
  • enhanced performance on the majority of supported operating

"PureMessage 3.0 provides a great leap forward for customers and
prospects to more efficiently protect their systems from spam and
viruses. Filtering spam often changes the nature of the spam problem
from spam identification to spam management. PureMessage addresses the
whole problem, empowering network administrators to easily and
economically deploy and manage their email perimeter protection," said
Chris Kraft, Director of Product Management, ActiveState.

To register for a webcast and/or to learn more, please visit PureMessage's flexible, server based pricing allows
for unlimited user access, and removes the requirement to track and
report users. The PureMessage 3.0 release is a free upgrade for current
customers. For additional pricing and licensing information please
contact 1.866.866.2802.

About ActiveState Corp.
ActiveState is the global leader in applied open source software. Over
70% of the Fortune 500 depend on ActiveState technology, which ranges
from programming tools to message management. The company's products
and services enable IT professionals and enterprises to increase
productivity and reduce corporate risk. Information on solving business
and programming challenges with applied open source solutions is at:

Media & Analyst Contacts:
Lori Pike, ActiveState

ActiveState, PerlMx, and PureMessage are trademarks of
ActiveState Corp. All other company names herein may be trademarks of
their respective owners.

Copyright ActiveState Corporation 2002."


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