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February 2009

Product Review: Astaro Mail Gateway 4000

EMAIL SECURITY Astaro Price: $7,995 plus $3,945 for security subscription Network firewall vendor Astaro has widened its portfolio with the introduction of the Astaro Mail Gateway, an antispam/antivirus security appliance. We tested the AMG 4000, the largest of four Mail Gateway appliances, and found it well-suited for the small business market with an easy-to-use management system, appropriate feature set and reasonable antispam performance. Antispam B We looked at how well the AMG fared in a real-world test of 10,000 live email messages. Astaro has positioned itself against Barracuda, with a similar feature set and market focus. We tested sending the same messages through both gateways as they entered our network, with similar results. The AMG caught between 76 percent and 94 percent of spam compared to Barracuda catching between 83 percent and 90 percent. The range of numbers is because both gateways use the concept of "suspected spam," so the figures depend on whether you consider suspected spam to be spam or not. Based on ...

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