End-Of-Life, End-of-Availability and End-of-Support Announcement for Symantec Brightmail Message Filter (formerly Symantec Brightmail AntiSpam)

Article:HOWTO55839  |  Created: 2011-07-01  |  Updated: 2013-11-04  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO55839
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Symantec Message Filter End of Life Details

As previously announced in 2011, Symantec Message Filter powered by Brightmail is discontinued for Enterprise, Mid-market, and Small Business customers. If you are an existing customer with a current subscription, you may continue to use the Symantec Message Filter 6.3 until the end of your current subscription or the End of Support Life. You will need to migrate to an alternative product no later than the time of your next renewal.

In order to enable earlier migration, most existing customers with a current subscription are now entitled to migrate to the Symantec Messaging Gateway appliance product. Symantec Messaging Gateway offers superior functionality that includes the same 99% effectiveness against spam, malware and phishing messages, as well as rich reporting and centralized management, advanced threat protection, integrated MTA, content filtering, DLP capabilities, LDAP integration, native TLS support and an optional encryption add-on. It can be deployed on Symantec Messaging Gateway 8300 hardware appliances (sold separately), VMware vSphere, or Microsoft Hyper-V virtual environments.

To learn more about this product, visit: http://www.symantec.com/messaging-gateway

Other alternatives available at the time of your next renewal include:

  • For customers who are interested in deploying a hosted email security service, Symantec Email Security.cloud helps protect organizations from email-borne viruses, malware, spam, phishing, targeted attacks and bulk email, enforces Acceptable Use Policies, and controls sensitive information without requiring on-site hardware or software.
  • For smaller customers who are deploying Microsoft Exchange as their only email infrastructure, Symantec Mail Security for Microsoft Exchange provides tightly integrated antivirus and antispam filtering leveraging the same technologies as Symantec Message Filter.

To learn more about Symantec’s complete portfolio of Email Security, Mobility and Management offerings, visit: http://go.symantec.com/email

For technical guidance on how to migrate from Symantec Message Filter to alternative offerings, visit:

For Service Provider customers
Symantec™ Messaging Gateway for Service Providers 10.5 is the next release of software that represents a major update to Symantec Message Filter 6.3. New protection features, backed by the most extensive security network in the industry, deliver 99% effectiveness against spam, malware and phishing messages with less than one in a million false positives.

Note: the Brightmail Control Center is no longer supported with this release, and configuration is via Command Line Interface only. This product is only available / supported for Service Provider customers.

To learn more about this new product release, visit: http://www.symantec.com/messaging-gateway-for-service-providers.


Revised End-of-Life, End-of-Availability and End-of-Support Dates
EOL Letter Message Filter 6 3_EN.docx (29 kBytes)

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