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FaceTime Announces Compliance and Management for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007
Jul 31, 2007 (08:07 AM EDT)
FOSTER CITY, Calif., July 31 /PRNewswire/ -- FaceTime Communications, the leading provider of solutions for securing and managing IM, P2P and Web-based greynets, today announced support for Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 with its IMAuditor for OCS. FaceTime is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner and its IMAuditor products have provided security, management and compliance for Microsoft customers since Live Communications Server was introduced in 2003. A 30-day trial of IMA for OCS is available immediately, allowing customers to evaluate IMA for OCS in conjunction with their OCS 2007 evaluations.
As real-time collaborative communications applications such as instant messaging, Web conferencing and voice over IP become integral to the way employees work today, large enterprises are looking to unified communications platforms such as Microsoft's OCS to provide a cohesive approach that can be managed, monitored and secured.
"Instant messaging systems have moved from the fringe to become a key part of an enterprise's collaboration infrastructure and are increasingly displacing existing forms of communications from ad hoc telephone calls and emails to pre-planned meetings and video conferences," said David Mario Smith, research analyst at Gartner. "Although consumer IM use has been predominant in business, we expect penetration levels for enterprise grade IM to rise from around 25 percent currently to nearly 100 percent by the end of the decade.* Enterprise IM Connections with external partners or customers via federation to public service IM should be protected by the use of IM hygiene or security services."
FaceTime's security and management solutions provide IT management with the controls to protect heterogeneous IM environments consisting of public and enterprise IM against inbound malware, potential information leakage, and to monitor, archive and easily retrieve electronically stored information to meet federal and regulatory compliance rules, as well as to achieve responsible corporate governance.
"A real-time collaboration environment already exists in many organizations, with unsanctioned, consumer-based applications and public IM clients providing the functionality for users," said Frank Cabri, vice president of marketing and product management for FaceTime Communications. "With the rapid adoption of applications such as Office Communications Server, the environment has become increasingly heterogeneous requiring IT to be able to manage and control all real-time communications applications to enforce policy and mitigate security risks."
Through FaceTime's continued support of both Live Communications Server and the new Office Communications Server 2007, enterprise organizations can be assured of complete security and management of all of their real-time communications, including instant messages delivered over federated public instant messaging clients. FaceTime offers a highly scalable, API-based architecture that is integrated with the OCS server to insure that, even in the event of a server failure, policies are enforced and messages continue to be archived for compliance and audit purposes.
Key Capabilities of IMAuditor for OCS 2007: - Centralized policy management and control - provides organizations a single solution for setting and enforcing policy for all elements of OCS and public IM in use in the enterprise - Content hygiene and security - enables virus scanning of file attachments, worm blocking, spIM protection and keyword content filtering for both OCS-generated as well as federated public instant messaging - Regulatory compliance archiving and workflow - 100 percent guaranteed logging of all OCS and public instant messaging communications including capture and archival of file attachments, tamper resistant storage of messages, and robust and easy-to-use review and audit capabilities - Easy administration and management - browser based management interface for policy configuration, compliance workflow and message retrieval for e-discovery
The new IMAuditor for OCS will be available in 30 days from FaceTime Communications and authorized distributors and partners worldwide. For pricing and additional information or to get a free evaluation copy, call 1-888-349- 3223 or visit www.facetime.com .
About FaceTime Communications
FaceTime enables the safe and productive use of greynets like instant messaging, Skype, Web conferencing and P2P file sharing. Ranked number one by IDC in market share among instant messaging management vendors for the third consecutive year, FaceTime's award-winning solutions are used by more than 800 customers including nine of the 10 largest U.S. banks. FaceTime Security Labs delivers the industry's first IMPact Index, which assesses "point-in-time" risks posed by viruses, worms and other malware propagating through greynet applications. FaceTime supports or has strategic partnerships with all leading public and private IM network providers, including AOL, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo!, Skype, IBM, Reuters and Jabber.
FaceTime is headquartered in Foster City, Calif. For more information visit http://www.facetime.com or call 888-349-FACE.
* Stated on June 21, 2007 in an announcement titled "Gartner Predicts Instant Messaging Will Be De Facto Tool for Voice, Video and Text Chat by The End of 2011"
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