Content protection for social business

IBM® Lotus® Protector for Mail Security scans email messages and attached files for unwanted, confidential or malicious content, extending content protection and compliance for your social business platform. It controls the email content that enters and leaves your company’s network to ensure a high level of security and blocks spam and viruses. This software also provides integrated email content filtering for IBM Notes®, IBM Domino®, Microsoft Exchange and mixed email environments.

Lotus Protector for Mail Security features:

Advanced content filtering and protection capabilities

Efficient filtering technology

Personalized email control within IBM Notes

Simple administration for custom filtering

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Designed to provide protection for organizations of all sizes, the IBM® Lotus® Protector for Mail Security 2.8 software appliance is available in two deployment options:


  1. Software appliance: Install the Lotus Protector for Mail Security software appliance on off-the-shelf IBM System x® or Dell hardware and deploy as a physical appliance
  2. Virtual Appliance: Install Lotus Protector for Mail Security on supported VMware software and deploy as a virtualized appliance.
  3. Software that is compatible with (but not required) Lotus Protector for Mail Security

Software appliance

The Lotus Protector for Mail Security 2.8 software appliance is certified to run natively on high quality, cost-effective IBM System x or Dell hardware as a physical appliance.

-- Economy Scale Performance
Model [1] Dell PowerEdge 1950 IBM xSeries x3250 M3 IBM xSeries x3550 M3 Dell PowerEdge 2950 IBM xSeries x3650 M3
Processor [2] 1x Intel® XeonTM Processor 1x Intel® XeonTM Processor 1x Intel® XeonTM Processor 1x Intel® XeonTM Processor 2x Intel® XeonTM Processor
Total memory [3] 4GB 3GB 4GB 4GB 4GB
Optical Device [4] 1x DVD/CD-RW Combo 1x DVD/CD-RW Combo 1x DVD/CD-RW Combo 1x DVD/CD-RW Combo 1x DVD/CD-RW Combo
Controller [5] 1x PERC 5i 1x ServeRAID-MR 10il SAS/SATA; ServeRAID 1015, 5014 and 5015 1x ServeRAID-MR 10il SAS/SATA 1x PERC 6i 1x ServeRAID-MR 10il SAS/SATA; ServeRAID 1015, 5014 and 5015
Storage [6] 2x 146 GB SCSI/SAS 1x 250GB 7.2k RPM 3.5" SATA 2x 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS2.5" 4x 73 GB SAS 2x 300 GB SAS 4x 73GB 15K 6Gbps SAS
2.5" 2x 300GB 10K 6Gbps SAS 2.5"
Redundancy [7] -- -- 1x 675w power supply -- 1x 675w power supply
Rack Form factor 1U 1U 1U 2U 2U
Throughput: emails/hour[8] 111k 115K 250K 335k 360K

1 No operating system is needed. Lotus Protector for Mail Security 2.8 software includes a Linux operating system, and runs natively on IBM System x hardware.

2 Different CPUs will work and may only change throughput results

3 Different memory sizes will work and may only change throughput results

4 Requires a DVD ROM minimum to install Lotus Protector

5 Controllers BR10i, MR10i, BR10il, HBA verified for Raid. MR10i must be used with more than 2 Raid mirror sets

6 The 10k or 15k RPM disk speed is recommended. Different disk sizes and speeds will work and may only change throughput results. Minimum storage size if you do not plan to retain blocked spam = 40GB. If you plan to retain blocked spam, your approximate minimum storage per disk = 40GB + (emails\day x retention days x 0.000007 GB)

7 A redundant power supply is not required but provides more reliability

8 Measured filtering of incoming internet emails of average 19kB size with pre-filters turned off. IP pre-filtering and SMTP pre-filtering increase throughput.

Virtual appliance

Lotus Protector for Mail Security 2.8 is certified to run on VMware as a virtual appliance. Ideally suited for small to midsize businesses and scalable to more strategic operating specifications as required.

Platform [1] One of the following:
Host hardware [2] --
Total Memory [3]
(virtual memory)
2 GB RAM
(1 GB minimum required for each Lotus Protector virtual instance)
Total Storage [3]
(virtual storage)
100GB hard disk space
(50GB dedicated for each Lotus Protector virtual instance)
Optical Device [4] DVD ROM
Network cards [5] Two network interfaces:
Throughput:
emails/hour [6]
70K

1 Lotus Protector includes a Linux operating system and runs as installed software in a VMware partition. VMware partitions the physical machine into multiple virtual machines.

2 Customer provided hardware that has one of the required VMware platforms installed

3 Minimum memory and storage requirements to support the virtualized operating system plus all virtual instances.

4 Requires a DVD ROM minimum to install Lotus Protector

5 VMware ESXi installations should use Intel E1000 NICs.

6 Measured filtering on VMware ESX 4.0 and Workstation 5.5 of incoming internet emails of average size with pre-filters turned off. IP pre-filtering and SMTP pre-filtering increase throughput.

MS3004LP Appliance

The MS3004LP Appliance from IBM ISS is no longer sold. However, Lotus Protector for Mail Security 2.8 supports the MS3004LP appliance. Upgrade your MS3004LP to Lotus Protector for Mail Security 2.8 to gain all the enhancements and up to 500% performance improvement (your results may vary).

Compatible with (but not required)
Group Product Applicable OS Applicable Component Notes
Connections IBM Connections 2.5.0.3 All Applicable OS Protector for Mail Security
Quickr Lotus Quickr 8.5 for WebSphere Portal All Applicable OS Protector for Mail Security
Domino Lotus Domino 7.x (overview) (support)

Lotus Domino 8.x (overview) (support)
All Applicable OS

All Applicable OS
Protector for Mail Security


Protector for Mail Security

Lotus Notes Lotus Notes 8.5.1 (overview) (support)

Lotus Notes 8.x (overview) (support)

Lotus Notes 7.x (overview) (support)
All Applicable OS

All Applicable OS

All Applicable OS
Protector for Mail Security


Protector for Mail Security


Protector for Mail Security
Lotus Notes 8.5.1 Full Client



Supported through Lotus Protector End-User Interface Web Browser

Supported through Lotus Protector End-User Interface Web Browser
Microsoft Exchange Server Microsoft Exchange 2007

Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
All Applicable OS
All Applicable OS
Protector for Mail Security

Protector for Mail Security

Microsoft Outlook Microsoft Outlook 2003




Microsoft Outlook 2007
All Applicable OS



All Applicable OS
Protector for Mail Security




Protector for Mail Security
Support for Outlook is only with Microsoft Exchange Servers, and is supported through Lotus Protector End-User Interface Web Browser

Support for Outlook is only with Microsoft Exchange Servers, and is supported through Lotus Protector End-User Interface Web Browser
Web Browsers Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.x


Mozilla Firefox 3.x



Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.x


Mozilla Firefox 3.x
All Applicable OS


All Applicable OS


All Applicable OS


All Applicable OS
Protector for Mail Security - Admin Interface Web Browser

Protector for Mail Security - Admin Interface Web Browser

Protector for Mail Security



Protector for Mail Security
Java 1.6.x required




Java 1.6.x required




Supported through Lotus Protector End-User Interface Web Browser


Supported through Lotus Protector End-User Interface Web Browser
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