Ensuring safe and continuous delivery of business emails is one
of IT department's top priorities. Today we're presenting
GFI OneConnect Beta, a solution delivering a more secure and
reliable email service for businesses of all sizes.
In a continuous effort to deliver new and innovative solutions
to the market and our customers, GFI Software's engineering
team has developed a new product, named GFI OneConnect. For more
details on this product and its beta version that just became
available, we've spoken with Joe Kern,
Director of Product Integration at GFI Software.
TalkTechToMe: Can you explain what is GFI OneConnect?
Joe Kern: To describe it briefly, GFI
OneConnect is our newest cloud-based email security and continuity
platform, a solution built to help IT admins in protecting their
infrastructure from spam, viruses, malware threats, and email
TTTM: What are the key features that GFI OneConnect
Joe: We used our expertise and experience in building on-premise
and cloud software to create a hybrid solution, that would protect
and ensure high availability of one of the most important business
services of today – email.
With two anti-virus engines and lots of advanced spam detection
mechanisms, our new solution filters out spam and stops virus
threats coming through emails. And in case the company on-premise
Exchange Server is down, GFI OneConnect takes over the delivery of
emails, so no important messages get lost and business continuity
By using our email protection, continuity and disaster recovery
solution, IT professionals are delivering a definitive value to
companies, and we expect this to be the main benefit which will
attract IT admins and business owners in using GFI OneConnect.
TTTM: So how does exactly GFI OneConnect work?
Joe: To begin using it, you need to install the GFI OneConnect
Server on a Windows Server, whether physical or virtualized,
located in your local infrastructure, and setup the connection
between the GFI OneConnect Server and your Exchange Server, on one
side, and the GFI OneConnect Data Center, on the other side.
After the initial configuration, all your emails are being
routed through GFI OneConnect. The solution uses two AV engines,
ClamAV and Kaspersky, to search all incoming messages for viruses
and other malware threats, such as ransomware, before sending them
through to the Exchange Server for further distribution to users.
GFI OneConnect also uses RBL's Bayesian analysis, SPF and other
advanced technologies to filter out up to 99% of spam messages
before they even come to inboxes of users.
And on top of this, if for any reason your on-premise Exchange
Server goes down, you can turn on the Continuity mode with a click
of a button, and GFI OneConnect will send and receive all emails
until you restore availability of your existing email server. Once
your Exchange Server is back on, all sent and received emails will
be synced, and end users won't experience any email downtime or
TTTM: Since it is still in beta phase, when can we expect the
final version of GFI OneConnect?
Joe: We have launched this public beta so that our customers can
evaluate it and see for themselves that we've created a
powerful and versatile product which brings a very specific value
to them. We expect the final version to become available in early
2017, when we will announce all product details, including pricing.
The product will be available as service, and we plan to add an
archiving feature in future releases.
Since this is a Beta release, we expect that users may encounter
bugs or missing features, so we would be very thankful for any user
insights or reports on bugs. To report any issues you've
noticed while using GFI OneConnect Beta, we kindly ask users to
file a bug report at http://feedback.gfi.com so we can look into it
before the final release.
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