Sendmail VMworld Survey Reports 56% of Companies Have Migrated Components of Their Email Infrastructure to Virtualized Environments

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Sendmail, Inc., today announced results of a survey focusing on key trends around companies migrating their email infrastructures to virtualized environments.

Sendmail, Inc., the leading provider of message processing appliances and applications for enterprise messaging infrastructures, today announced results of a survey focusing on key trends around companies migrating their email infrastructures to virtualized environments. The survey was conducted onsite during the VMworld Summit in San Francisco on August 31st with over 200 survey participants. Sendmail is currently exhibiting at the VMworld event (booth #940), and providing live demos on the show floor of the VMware Readyâ„¢ certified, Sentrion® Virtual Message Processorâ„¢ (MPV).

VMworld survey respondents were asked to provide insight around whether or not their organization's email infrastructure has been migrated to a virtualized environment, and if so, which layers of their email infrastructure have been virtualized. Participants were also polled about potential benefits and limitations that factored into their organization's decision to virtualize all or part of their email infrastructure.

Key findings of the survey include:

  •     56% of companies have migrated components of their email infrastructure to a virtualized environment. This statistic is reflective of the customer adoption rates Sendmail has seen among enterprises utilizing the Sentrion Virtual Message Processor (MPV).
  •     38% of companies noted the Mail Store Layer (MS Exchange, Lotus Notes, etc.) as the number one component of their email infrastructure that's been migrated to a virtual environment, followed by Email Archiving Solutions (21%), and the Gateway Filtering Layer (18%).
  •     59% of respondents cited increased Server Utilization, which makes message delivery more efficient, and High Availability / Failover Support, which ensures messages are delivered even if systems fail, as the top benefits considered when deciding to migrate their email infrastructures to a virtualized environment.
  •     45% of respondents cited Performance/Throughput as the number one potential limiting factor considered when deciding to migrate email infrastructures to a virtualized environment, followed by concerns over security risks (14%).
  •     87% of companies' said their goals and expectations in achieving increased server utilization rates and higher availability and failover support were met and/or exceed by migrating part of their email infrastructure to a virtual environment.

Based on these survey findings, a majority of companies today are successfully migrating components of their email infrastructure to a virtualized environment, and have done so despite concerns over security and system performance in order to improve the efficiency and availability levels of their message delivery operations. Having previously shared these concerns, many of Sendmail's Global 2000 enterprise customers selected the Sentrion MPV virtual appliance, which are pre-built, pre-configured, ready-to-run enterprise applications packaged with an operating system inside a virtual machine, to help them cut costs and improve their messaging operations.

"Our recent survey results at VMworld confirm what many of our Global 2000 customers have experienced when considering moving components of their email infrastructure to a virtualized environment. While many companies are turning to virtualized solutions to cut messaging infrastructure costs and improve operations, they struggle with achieving their messaging virtualization goals because often times the performance and security risks overshadow the potential benefits," said Stephanie Nevin, Sendmail vice president of marketing and business development. "With Sendmail Sentrion MPV virtual appliances, enterprise companies are able to meet these goals and reduce costs through server and application consolidation without sacrificing the overall performance of their messaging operations or sacrificing messaging security."

About Sendmail, Inc.
Sendmail provides message processing appliances, applications, and services that enable enterprises to modernize their messaging infrastructures resulting in optimal email systems and lowered operating costs. Since 1982, thousands of customers around the globe have relied on Sendmail open source and commercial products for intelligent email backbones that solve the complex problems of policy-based message handling and routing between email systems such as Microsoft Exchange or IBM Lotus Notes and the Internet. The award-winning Sentrion Message Processors provide enterprises with a core messaging platform available in hard appliance, virtual appliance, and blade server configurations that can be customized with add-on applications available from the Sentrion App Store. Sentrion Message Processors and applications address the challenges of gateway management, inbound threat protection, outbound data leak prevention, full email content scanning for regulatory compliance, and intra-company message management all on a single, yet powerful, messaging infrastructure platform. Sendmail is headquartered in Emeryville, CA with sales and support offices throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia. For more information call 1-87-SENDMAIL, or email info(at)sendmail(dot)com.

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