Deployment is done by installing the virtual appliance in a VMware ESX environment. Once the server is deployed, all management is done through the appliance's web-based interface. This interface is quite extensive, but very easy to navigate due to its organized layout. Furthermore, the GUI incorporates a full dashboard, which allows for quick and easy viewing of email statistics and other useful system information.
This solution provides solid email content and policy management. It allows for the use of compliance templates and built-in data leakage prevention through dictionaries and document fingerprinting techniques. Custom policy is also easy to configure, and the appliance offers flexible policy options that can be quite granular in nature.
Documentation included installation and administrator guides. The installation guide provided the steps necessary to install the virtual appliance and get it up and running in the VMware infrastructure. All documentation was well-organized with many screen shots, diagrams and configuration examples.
Customers already subscribed to McAfee protection services receive McAfee Gold Protection support at no extra cost. This includes access to online resources, as well as 24/7 phone and email technical assistance.
With prices ranging from $25 per user per year all the way down to just under $5 per user per year for larger environments, we find this offering to be an excellent value for the money. The McAfee Email Protection virtual appliance offers a solid amount of flexibility and functionality at a great price.