A plethora of network security products for the SME sector could result from a strategic OEM licensing relationship between 3Com and BorderWare.
Under the agreement, BorderWare is licensing its MXtreme Mail Firewall technology to 3Com, which will result in a 3Com-branded e-mail security product. Further terms of the agreement have not yet been disclosed.
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The move is part of 3Com’s product strategy to bring enterprise-class technology to SMEs.
3Com selected BorderWare as a partner after what it called an “exhaustive evaluation” of e-mail security products on the market.
Neal Kaufman, vice-president of product management at 3Com, said, "This collaboration with BorderWare extends and complements 3Com's existing line of networking solutions in one of our key target markets, and 3Com has the economies of scale, market presence and channel relationships to deliver this to the broader market."
Jason Wright, industry analyst with Frost & Sullivan, said, "The SME market is ripe for a multi-layered approach to e-mail security that delivers anti-spam, anti-virus and general protection against a variety of e-mail threats. The 3Com e-mail firewall looks to address the next stage in the market's development."
According to Frost & Sullivan research, many enterprises are realising that e-mail servers need protection from spam and viruses as desktop protection is not good enough to deal with some of the threats.