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MX Spam control - ORF Vamsoft Fusion for MX 2010, good, great, best? Other recommendation?

Posted on 2014-04-11
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I am interested in the ORF Vamsoft Fusion product for MX filtering  http://vamsoft.com

I like that it is based on host checking rather than content checking after the mail is accepted. That also avoids the need for constant definition updating.

I googled it and read a post, from early last year, that Vamsoft was going to discontinue the product? Does anyone know about that? Was it rumor or did it change? Their site shows they are currently offering the product but I hate to buy and then lose support. Maybe it was continued under the ORF name and it was only Vamsoft before?

Anyone currently using it that have good/bad to say about it? Also, the user licensing for pricing...is that per mailbox user in MX or is that license per machine install?
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Alan Hardisty earned 250 total points
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It's news to me (I am a reseller) but I'll ping off an email to find out for sure.

I doubt they will be discontinuing it - it's a brilliant product, is well priced and has optional renewal (not compulsory) which means it will continue to work after the 1st year even if you don't renew.

The licensing is a per mailbox price or for the Fusion for SBS (assuming you have SBS) it is a per server price, although if you have SBS with few users, you can buy the non-SBS version and save money.

As with every product - try it and see how it works for you.  From speaking to other Exchange Experts, it works well for some and doesn't for others - it all depends on the type and volume of spam you get.

For me and our customers, it works really well although when combined with some Exchange content filter checking, it works better because emails from the likes of Hotmail / Yahoo will be classed as good, well configured senders, so will sail through ORF, but the amount of spam generated from those types of accounts is quite large, so content filtering those sorts of emails is a good idea.

Alan
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by:Ryan Gates
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1. Alan, I'm convinced I want to try this product...I'll download the trial and give it a whirl.

2. On the ORF VamSoft site I read that pricing is "licensed per actual user (not per mailbox)". Does that mean I could have 45 mailboxes established but if traffic is only going in/out of 30 of them then I'd only need the 30 licenses? Would it be better practice to just delete the unused mailboxes and leave the users on the network with login rights to workstations? Is there another scenario where the VamSoft 'per actual user' idea applies?

3. Would you have the time/interest in walking me through the launch and basic filter setup in the product and with MX settings?

Thanks for your thoughts and consideration!

Ryan
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by:Alan Hardisty
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You've nothing to lose by trying it and I'm sure you will be happy with the results.

Licensing is per live user (seems I'm out of date with my info), so you can have hundreds of mailboxes, but if you only have 10 users accessing mailboxes, then you only need 10 licenses.

More than happy to walk you through the configuration of Vamsoft.

Alan
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by:Ryan Gates
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That's great! Thank you! I'll get a trial copy ready for setup...remove FF from the MX server...and then give you a shout for assistance. Thanks again.
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