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March 01, 2006

New Index Monitors World-Wide E-mail Performance

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E-mail sercurity services provider , Austin, Texas, today launched the MX Watch Email Performance Index, an index charting the overall health and performance of thousands of e-mail systems worldwide.

MX Watch aggregates e-mail performance data across a sample of small, medium and large corporations and institutions, graphically comparing the speed at which e-mail servers communicate with one another, according to MX ToolBox.

Beginning today, the firm will post its in near real-time on its website. MX ToolBox hopes the index will be used by e-mail server administrators, service providers and others to benchmark their servers off of.

"When major worm or virus events happen, no one measures the real impact," said MX ToolBox founder Eric M. Rachal. "Instead, individual security and IT operations groups function as isolated islands, battling to keep their own systems online. Until now, there hasn’t been an online resource you can utilize to see if others are experiencing the same problems you are."

MX ToolBox continuously monitors the speed at which e-mail servers communicate with each other, measuring the number of seconds it takes to process an SMTP/e-mail transaction. An administrator can compare a specific server’s current performance relative to its past performance.

In much the same way, users of the MX Watch index can identify Internet-wide places where slowdowns occur and take steps to address those problems. In order to zero in on the e-mail delivery impact of such Internet-wide events, the MX Watch Email Perfomance Index filters out bias caused by overall Internet slowdown.

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