Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Google Message Security helps the team at Rutgers University Athletics

Do you ever wonder what it would feel like to be free – really free – of spam? Many businesses, it seems, are so busy keeping email threats at bay that they can't even imagine what things might be like if they didn't even think about spam. What would it be like to forget about email threats entirely and just get things done?

Steve Comeau, Rutgers University Athletics' IT Manager, shared a glimpse of that freedom with participants in Google's recent Cloud Camps. Walking participants through Rutgers Athletics' implementation of Google Message Security, powered by Postini, Steve made it clear: things really do get better when workgroups stop worrying about spam.

Facing high threat levels (more than 93% of incoming email was unwelcome), concerns with compliance and NCAA regulations, and slow performance as server-based solutions struggled to keep inboxes clean, Steve surveyed a range of options before choosing Google. Seeing email as "a lifeline" for his teams and coaching staff, he knew that he had one chance to get it right – and Google's hosted approach made the cut.

Citing ease of setup, price, security and "greenness" (Steve values the "no new hardware, no extra power" approach that Google's hosted solution delivers) as key decision factors, all at Rutgers Athletics cheer for the reliability and results that Google Message Security have enabled.

Steve shares the full story here:

Anyone interested in understanding how spam prevention really can create strategic value should tune in to Steve's play-by-play look at Rutgers' spam defense. He also weaves in a bit of sports trivia, for those of you who enjoy that. All in all, it's a great view of how Rutgers launched a winning strategy in a high-stakes game...and scored big in the fight against spam.

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