Choosing between an on-premise and cloud anti-spam solution

22/03/2011 17:08

Many organizations are nowadays considering cloud computing as a means to simplify their extensive virtual and physical infrastructure, yet there is still some lingering apprehension over issues such as security, integration, costs and availability, reports Katherine Broderick, research analyst, IDC. True; making such a decision is proving to be a difficult step for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and sometimes it ends as a trade between costs and security.

Organizations need to understand that there is no ultimate right or wrong solution for all, but that such a choice depends on each individual business’s needs. Their first step should be an assessment of their business requirements and infrastructure.

The solutions and what they involve

Firstly, we shall go through the different ways one can deploy an anti spam solution and see what they offer, so as to understand why one approach suits certain businesses better than the other and vice versa.

1. Cloud based anti spam solutions

Cloud-based solutions are an attractive option for SMEs who are seeking to make the best of the technology available nowadays at lower costs. Not needing to set up costly IT departments, invest in software or hardware, and spend money on licensing and renewal costs, sounds like the ideal option for small businesses whose budgets are quite tight. Also, having the option to go for an IT/business application service on a pay-per-use or rental basis in no time, rather than an upfront investment, is another attractive feature a cloud anti spam solution offers to start-ups.

2. On premise anti spam solutions

Conversely, an on-premise anti spam solution requires dedicated IT staff for maintenance and support, meaning money needs to be spent on infrastructure and services. Furthermore, this approach offers administrators peace of mind in knowing that the corporate data is handled and stored internally, and that they have full control over all systems. Yet this direct investment is usually ideal for organizations whose revenue is high enough to afford such costs as otherwise it would work against the business’s ROI.

An alternative to both: a Hybrid solution

Computer experts see a hybrid approach taking over in the next decade, as through this the vendor allows customers to maximize the benefits of both cloud and on-premise solutions.

This alternative has numerous advantages but since we’re focusing on anti-spam, the main advantage here is that having email traffic going through a hosted email security solution as a first line of defense, and then having what’s left being filtered again through an on-premise solution, increases security as well as improves server performance.

Whatever approach you decide to opt for your anti spam solution, remember that is it vital to go for an option through which you can block spam whilst keeping your business running efficiently and effectively, without any disruptions.


 Additional readings:

9 Benefits of Hosted Antispam Services

This guest post was provided by Christina Goggi 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. More information about: GFI anti- spam filter.

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