Top-Ranked Hosted Message Security Service Solutions are Identified in New EMA Radar Report™

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New EMA research identifies nine industry-leading Hosted Message Security (HMS) service solutions from the end-user perspective

Enterprise Management Associates (EMA), a leading IT and data management research and consulting firm, today announced the release of its newest EMA Radar Report titled, Hosted Message Security Services Q2 2011 Radar.

In 2010, the EMA Security as a Service Research Report highlighted the growth of both managed and hosted security services. Within this broad spectrum, few domains have enjoyed the success of Hosted Message Security (HMS) services. HMS services have done more than offload email security to “cloud”-based providers that can concentrate expertise in large-scale, hosted environments. Their acceptance has provided a launching point for security leaders to broaden into hosted offerings, while others dominant in IT-as-a-service beyond security have seen HMS services give them a platform for expanding their opportunities.

Created to assist IT professionals in selecting the right HMS services products, EMA has identified the leading vendors in this space based on key criteria defined by EMA Managing Research Director Scott Crawford.

Evaluations were conducted based on extensive criteria in:

*Deployment and administration
*Architecture and integration
*Cost advantage
*Vendor strength

“HMS has long been a primary defense against threats that seek to penetrate the business, and was early on one of the defining domains of ‘Security as a Service,’” said EMA Managing Research Director Scott Crawford. “Today, spam continues to dominate the global volume of email, while tactics such as phishing are still a primary tool used by a wide range of adversaries, from the simplest to the highly adept. Email continues to be a vector for attacks that may leverage other ways to exploit internal weaknesses, through techniques such as malicious Web content included in messages. Email remains a primary information technology for businesses of all sizes, and even some of today’s most popular social networking platforms place high emphases on integrated messaging. These factors continue to drive directions in the message security market, and place high emphasis on the value of hosted technologies for tackling these large-scale issues faced by organizations of all sizes.”

Results identify key strengths and weaknesses and highlight characteristics, summarized in a detailed market map and Radar Chart – which includes a composite score for each vendor – making it simple to see how vendors measure up in the market, as well as against other vendors.
The HMS Radar Report provides a detailed, comparative study of services from the following vendors:

*Google (Postini)
*Microsoft (Forefront Online Protection for Exchange)
*Perimeter e-Security / USA.NET

Ultimately, the HMS Radar provides prospective customers a wide- range view of leaders in this market, from those who excel in serving the enterprise, to those who offer high value to small and large organizations alike.

The complete Hosted Message Security Services Q2 2011 Radar is available online for $795 at

The Hosted Message Security Services Q2 2011 Radar summary is available for free at

A Webinar higlighting key research and vendor rankings will be held on Tuesday, June 28th at 11:00 a.m. Pacific / 2:00 p.m. For more information and to register go to:

About the EMA Radar Report
The EMA Radar Report delivers an in-depth analysis of industry-leading vendors and vendor products, including their overall market position in comparison with other vendors. This information is laid out in an easy-to-decipher, detailed Radar Chart - which includes the composite score for each vendor – making it simple to see how vendors measure up in the market, as well as against other vendors. The EMA Radar report also provides a detailed discussion of methodology and criteria, a high-level market segment overview, a comprehensive analyst write-up on each vendor, as well as an evaluation of software products based on five key dimensions:

1. Ease of Deployment & Administration: This dimension rates vendors on start-up cost and effort, as well as ongoing operational cost and effort. Ease of Deployment is measured by scoring implementation timeframe, support, professional services, training, and auto-discovery factors. Ease of administration and automation of management are measured for the Administration component.
2. Cost Advantage: Considering licensing models, the price for a license, as well as maintenance costs, this dimension scores products on their relative price advantage when compared to others in the market. Low price, flexible licensing model, and reasonable maintenance costs are awarded the highest scores.
3. Architecture & Integration: This dimension assesses the strength and extensibility of the core architecture, as well as the ease of integration and availability of existing modules for integration with other products.
4. Functionality: This dimension assesses the features of the products on a number of important factors for the product category. Completeness of the product features, as well as ease of use is measured.
5. Vendor Strength: This dimension considers not just the vendor’s financial strength and presence in the market but also their vision, market credibility and partnerships/channels to reflect their overall strength as a supplier.

About EMA
Founded in 1996, Enterprise Management Associates (EMA) is a leading industry analyst firm that specializes in providing deep insight across the full spectrum of IT and data management technologies. EMA analysts leverage a unique combination of practical experience, insight into industry best practices, and in-depth knowledge of current and planned vendor solutions to help its clients achieve their goals. Learn more about EMA research, analysis, and consulting services for enterprise line of business users, IT professionals and IT vendors at or You can also follow EMA on Twitter at


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