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Email Security & Management - Return on Investment (ROI)

Email has become a mission critical resource for businesses, with ever-increasing requirements and expenses of comprehensive email security. This white paper helps IT managers evaluate total cost of deploying email security solutions with the highest possible ROI for their enterprises.

Cost of Unwanted Email

Unwanted Email
per user
Time Wasted
per user (avg. 20 seconds/email)
Productivity Cost
per user (avg. salary $30/hr.)
Resources Wasted
(mail-server, storage and network bandwidth)
Average Cost
per user
10 - 20/day 3 hours/mo. $90/mo. $20/mo. $110/month

Cost of Securing Email
Example of an enterprise with 100 email users

    IT Resource Consumption
    (system administration, maintenance, help-desk support)
    Infrastructure Resources
    (cost of anti-spam/anti-virus software, hardware, storage, and network bandwidth)
    Total Cost
    for Enterprise
    Average Cost
    per user
    100 hrs/mo. at $50/hr. = $5000/mo. $500/mo. $5500/mo. $55/month

    Managed Service
    Under $2.00 / month per user - and, the cost per user goes down significantly as the number of users increases

ROI Summary
With in-house deployment of email security, the cost of software/hardware accounts for only a small fraction (under 10%), whereas bulk of the cost (90%) is in IT overheads. In contrast, an externally managed service such as PUREmail, reduces the total cost of ownership by over 95%. PUREmail eliminates the capital expense of software/hardware, and considerable overhead of maintaining and managing in-house email security, allowing precious IT resources to be deployed to other business-critical projects.

Other Benefits
Besides significant cost savings, enterprises also benefit from PUREmail's expertise and economies of scale:

  • Higher quality of service and reliability
  • Redundant multi-homed infrastructure
  • Continuous uptime with high-availability (99.999%)
  • Continuous scalability with minimal in-house resources
  • Continuous R&D to proactively tackle new security challenges
  • Protection from outages and disasters
  • Third-party validation to help with regulatory compliance and legal discovery