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We had an attack from China this morning that pushed up the messages to @ 2000/min. The DefenderMX cluster didn’t even work out the CPUs with that many messages, and I still had expected mail come in and get delivered. All of the work you have put into this new product definitely shows, this is something that everyone at FSL should be proud of. I am glad to be using your product. Regards, John Pecaut
- John Pecaut -
We are a largish UK university with 30,000+ email addresses and we receive between 1-2 million emails each day. On average 85% of that is spam; this peaks to as high as 97%-98%. Being able to detect and reject that level of spam/malware is vitally important to us. We were long-time users of MailScanner and also ran some of Anthony’s milters. We replaced all of that and adopted BarricadeMX instead about 2 years ago. Having a very fast proxy MTA like BarricadeMX allows us to reject spam in real-time rather than accepting then tagging or deleting it as we did with MailScanner. Our rejection policy can be as aggressive as we wish; wrong decisions just result in the (genuine) sender being notified so problems are noticed and can be fixed. A critical factor in the success of BarricadeMX for us is that it implements a shared cache (maintained using multi-cast protocols). This means that we can run multiple, same preference value, MX hosts for the 80+ domains that we host. Our four identical MX hosts are split 50-50 between two sites and gives us the vital resilience we need. Because BarricadeMX is so efficient and fast we need just two 4GB DL380 G6 MX hosts to handle the mail load I described above.
- Quentin Campbell -
Thought I would just drop you a line about a few users that have called in this morning. They both thought there was something wrong with the spam filter because there was NOTHING in the quarantine for the last couple of days. They said on the 2nd of May they had email but starting on the 3rd they were receiving the error message “No rows retrieved”. I explained to them that this was not an error message but a new product called Barricade was installed on the 3rd and was filtering spam correctly and effectively. They were happy that they did not have to wade through all the junk but were so unaccustomed to not having any email there they were shocked. Thanks for your help and installing a great product!!
- John Ivaska -
Network Services General Council of the AG
From day one, Fort Systems Limited has been a pleasure to work with. Every aspect of the company, from sales to support, was handled efficiently and with great care. For more than three years our company relied on Symantec’s Mail Security for SMTP Gateways. At first, Symantec’s software was an effective solution and improved our spam and virus email problems. The software did have its problems that never were resolved … it was unable to handle the email load that we processed and certain bugs were never resolved by tech support. In order to handle the more than a million messages per day, our installation grew, over time, from three dual CPU systems to more than 15. Switching to BarricadeMX allowed us to consolidate those 15 servers down to three. Previously, our email systems were split between two digital T1 connections to the internet. We frequently saw both T1 lines at 75-85% of capacity, with spikes higher on occasion. With 95-98% of the email identified as spam that is a considerable amount of bandwidth wasted. Due to the superior scanning ability of the BarricadeMX software the bandwidth utilized by our email systems has dropped, on average to one third of what it used to be. BarricadeMX is also significantly less expensive than Symantec and saved us 40% in renewal cost.
- Paul Cahill -
I want you to know, as well as any other organization that is interested in your services, that we are extremely pleased at what Fort has provided. In addition to practically eliminating all spam, we have no viruses, and as you know, those two are truly extraordinary problems in this day and age. Many of my friends complain about problems we do no suffer from at all. As importantly, thank you for answering my Neanderthal queries instantly and without making me feel dumber than I really am about computer systems. Without your great service, the fundraising, operation and success of the Hispanic College Fund would be seriously affected. You are one of the very, very few organizations I have ever dealt with in this area that has actually met our expectations and the only one that has delivered services exactly as promised and exceeded those expectations
- J. Fernando Barrueta -
Hispanic College Fund Inc.