Whitegold catches spam with Barracuda

Whitegold catches spam with Barracuda

Specialist security distributor, WhiteGold, has added an anti-spam appliance to its portfolio, filling a gap for low-end spam filtering, according to managing director, Dominic Whitehand.

US-based Barracuda Networks builds network devices dedicated to spam blocking and, sitting between the Internet and mail gateway, can decrease load on mail servers by filtering up to 10 million messages per day.

The appliance uses keyword scanning and blacklists to decide on the status of emails, and also uses Internet scanning for particular phrases, sender authenticity checking and Bayesian filtering to make blocking decisions.

The system has little software to install and updates itself every hour from the Barracuda Central servers.

"The thing that excited me about the product was, compared to other systems, the entry price is much cheaper," Whitehand said. "There are other organisations which sell higher-end devices but ours can be installed very quickly and with minimal difficulty."

Although the box has anti-virus capabilities, Whitehand said the Barracuda system should not replace other AV equipment in a corporate network.

"You wouldn't choose it for your sole AV system, but it's another layer of defence for your network," he said.

Reaction had been strong so far from resellers, with some already carrying the product, Whitehead said.

"This is WhiteGold's first pure-play anti-spam solution," he saidd. "I haven't spoken to anyone yet who hasn't said it's a damn good product."

Prices for the Barracuda appliances range from US$1199 to US$3999, depending on users and the number of emails handled by the system. The entry-level system can handle up to 1 million messages per day.

"WhiteGold has built a solid reputation for providing trusted IT security solutions," president and CEO of Barracuda Networks, Dean Drako, said. The appointment continues a run of good news for WhiteGold.

Last month, WatchGuard dropped Ingram Micro in favour of the Belrose, NSW-based distributor.

Whitehand said the partnership was progressing to plan: "We've had good uptake of our WatchGuard Secure Partner program and have seen good growth in the business."

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