MessageLabs is to acquire US-based enterprise instant messaging service provider Omnipod to broaden its secure data offering.
MessageLabs provides managed and secure e-mail services to 12,000 businesses in 80 countries.
This year it has already extended its services to include web scanning and e-mail encryption between enterprises.
Graham Titterington, an analyst at Ovum, said, “MessageLabs should be able to speed up the development of Omnipod's services and meet the need to put both e-mail and instant messaging under the control of consistent policies and centralised archiving.”
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Titterington said MessageLabs would be able to extend the range of instant messaging networks that its clients could interact with to include all the major public networks and platforms used for corporate IM services.
He said MessageLabs was expected to add secure voice over IP services and mobile messaging systems to its portfolio at a later date.
“The notion of a single managed communications service working under consistent policies will be attractive to many organisations,” he said.