Organizations with the flexibility to take advantage of cloud-based technologies, and without any legal or policy requirements to keep their email servers in-house, can find that cloud anti-spam solutions are a great fit for their messaging hygiene. Spam, phishing, and malware can consume significant resources when it comes to the bandwidth to transfer them, the disk space to store them, and the CPU and RAM required to scan them, and ultimately you are going to delete almost all of that junk. With cloud anti-spam, you can keep all that digital trash as far away from your servers, UPIR network, and your users as possible, and save money, resources, and bandwidth. Here’s how cloud anti-spam technologies can keep your servers clean and save you some bandwidth too.
Cloud anti-spam tech filters out all the spam, phishing messages, and malware just like your current on-premises solution does, but with several advantages. For starters, look at how much bandwidth you waste every day when all that spam reaches your border. Every megabyte of spam is a meg your servers had to download, your routers had to process, and that you are going to pay for. All so you can delete it. That just doesn’t make sense. Cloud anti-spam filters all that out in the cloud, so that the only messages you devote bandwidth to are the ones you really want your users to receive.
Cloud anti-spam solutions also conserve disk space. We all have run across that false positive that got blocked, so we know we cannot just auto-delete every message that gets flagged as spam. That means we need a quarantine to hold all those messages, and that means devoting disk space to storing trash just in case it’s not. Again, that just doesn’t make sense. When trying to give users larger mailboxes, you don’t want to compete with digital garbage. Cloud anti-spam solutions maintain a quarantine for you. The best ones even offer per-user quarantine and user self-service, so the junk is sitting on their disk space, not yours.
Finally, we’ve all seen our mail server’s CPUs get hammered trying to keep up with a sudden spike in inbound mail from a spam storm, or scanning a large attachment for malware. Cloud anti-spam solutions take the hit so your servers don’t have to, which means your internal email and outbound messages aren’t delayed because some new bot-net is spewing garbage by the digital ton, or some user sent a 1000 file zip that has to be scanned before it can be delivered.
Cloud anti-spam solutions are the latest in the evolution of anti-spam technology for organizations who want an alternative to anti-spam software, saving you maintenance, IT staff and installation costs, while keeping your network clean.
By Casper Manes
Guest post on behalf of GFI Software Ltd. GFI is a leading software developer that provides a single source for network administrators to address their network security, content security and messaging needs. Learn more about the benefits of using cloud anti-spam.
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