Telefónica O2 Ireland in cloud email deal

1 Mar 2010

Telefónica O2 Ireland has partnered with Mimecast to offer cloud-based email to business customers to complement in-house email resources.

Mimecast is a cost effective alternative for companies currently managing a variety of solutions in-house to secure, archive and provide continuous access to email.

Users can instantly search 10 years of archived or deleted email without needing support from IT staff.

In the event of an outage, users are unaffected as Mimecast guarantees seamless ‘always on’ access to email.

In addition, Mimecast provides spam virus protection and data leak prevention controls, which guarantees the security and safety of all data in emails.

“Telefónica O2 Ireland’s decision to offer business customers cloud services for email archiving, continuity, security and policy enforcement is a natural progression from a mobile email services offering, as customers’ requirements continue to evolve beyond traditional telecommunications services,” explained Julian Martin, Business Development Director for Mimecast.

Recent research conducted by Forrester, commissioned by Mimecast, evaluated and measured the financial impact of utilising Mimecast’s cloud-based service compared to on-premise solutions.

The case study estimated 86pc return on investment in seven months with benefits such as avoiding on-premise archiving and replication costs, maintaining email availability and productivity gains for email users.

“As companies become ever more reliant on email, it is imperative that always available, cost effective email management solutions are introduced,” said Alan Brown, business sales director, Telefónica O2 Ireland.

“Mimecast provides a great alternative and with it we are now well positioned to co-ordinate and manage the information flow across the enterprise.

“We see this as another key differentiator between ourselves and the pure voice and data providers,” Brown said.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years