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Microsoft Exchange Online Protection Competitors and Alternatives

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JE
Head Of Finance And Administration at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Good gateway and email security with an easy initial setup

Pros and Cons

  • "It's really quite user-friendly. In terms of technical superiority and the product itself, there are no complaints. It is really cutting edge."
  • "We have subscribed to an archival service, and yet, when we have to get our data out, we have to pay a fee to get our own data. They charge an extraction fee."

What is our primary use case?

We use Mimecast as our email gateway. We also use it as our archival service. All those phishing, anti-phishing, spear phishing, spamming, and other security filters that they have, we use all of them.

What is most valuable?

We have found email security very good.

The gateway is excellent. 

We have found the archival services to be very valuable.

It's really quite user-friendly. In terms of technical superiority and the product itself, there are no complaints. It is really cutting edge.

The initial setup is straightforward.

What needs improvement?

It was not so much about the product itself, however, their business model needs improvement. We have subscribed to an archival service, and yet, when we have to get our data out, we have to pay a fee to get our own data. They charge an extraction fee. This is something which really worries us as a company.

For how long have I used the solution?

I've used the solution for about six years at this point. It's been a while.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The solution is stable. There aren't bugs or glitches. It doesn't crash or freeze. It's very good.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

The solution can scale well. If a company needs to expand, it can do so rather easily.

We have grown from about 2,600 users to about 4,000 users. We have added additional geography as well. The product is resilient enough to take care of all of this.

How are customer service and technical support?

We have contracts and we are also subscribed to a service plan. Whenever we have used it, the service levels have been very good and we have no reason to complain.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We were previously thinking of an alternative to Mimecast for two reasons. The main reason is as an organization, we are in the financial service industry, and we have to show some data resiliency to our regulators. However, due to the fact that we're present in 30 countries, what happens is all Mimecast data is centrally hosted in one particular grid, which is preventing us from showing data resiliency to them. I want a solution that allows me to selectively map users to a particular geography. 

How was the initial setup?

We didn't find the initial implementation complex. It was pretty easy and rather straightforward.  We didn't run into trouble.

We are a complex organization. We are present in 30 countries. It was a mix of on-prem and some were in Office 365. Due to the set up of our own architecture, we had to undergo some labor, however, otherwise, the entire process was pretty straightforward.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We typically use a subscription service. If there are version upgrades. We automatically get upgraded to the latest version, as it's a software as a service setup. We don't need to update it as Mimecast takes care of it.

If you need to extract data from their archival service, there is an additional fee involved.

As we are an enterprise customer and we have a relationship with them, what we are told by the reseller is that we pay about 40% of their list price for this product.

It's an expensive solution. There are other competitors, like Barracuda, who offer similar services. We believe that over the years, they have picked up, and their pricing is much more competitive than Mimecast. As an organization, Microsoft itself has really matured over the years. They offer probably 90% of what Mimecast is offering, and then you don't have to pay anything extra for it because it comes with part of the Office 365 licenses. That is why we also believe that there is a lot of room for Mimecast to get their act together, pricing-wise.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

We evaluated a few other options such as Cisco IronPort as a security service. We evaluated Proofpoint. The comprehensive solution that Mimecast offers, however, really made us sign on the dotted line.

What other advice do I have?

We're just an end-user.

We use their Perimeter Defense plan, we use their Continuity plan, we also use email to archive. These are the three scales that we use from them.

I would advise others considering the solution to technically evaluate their competencies, their highs, and lows, first. Also, read the fine print, and understand the exact costs. A company will need to understand natively how much of Mimecast capabilities does Microsoft offer if you just subscribe to an Office 365 license. It might make them rethink using this solution.

From a technical standpoint, I would rate the solution eight out of ten.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Adrian Buenaventura
IT Technical Manager at a construction company with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 20
Seamless email categorization, powerful antivirus scan engines, and reliable

Pros and Cons

  • "I have found the feature that creates seamless categorization of emails valuable. This is most likely done by having a large database to compare and to identify what are the domains that are currently spammers."
  • "The inter mailbox email flow needs improvement. If you are in the same domain, it does not have the capability to transfer one email to the same domain through SpamTitan. They need an API for Office 365 which is currently being developed"

What is our primary use case?

We use Microsoft exchange for our email and this solution for anti-spam email security. 

One of the use cases is, since we migrated from G Suite to Microsoft Office 365, we were experiencing lots of unwanted emails, payload or attachments, and some phishing emails from unknown sources being sent to our company email. Previously we have experienced a lot of this type of email traffic with G Suite as well. This is the first time the company is using an anti-spam or email solution.

What is most valuable?

I have found the feature that creates seamless categorization of emails valuable. This is most likely done by having a large database to compare and to identify what are the domains that are currently spammers.

The antivirus scan engines that they have incorporated with the solution are powerful.

What needs improvement?

The inter mailbox email flow needs improvement. If you are in the same domain, it does not have the capability to transfer one email to the same domain through SpamTitan. They need an API for Office 365 which is currently being developed.

In an upcoming release, it would be beneficial to add DNS filtering or something that is capable of identifying the URLs that are harmful to a computer if it is clicked. We are currently looking for these features. However, we have been told they are currently in development and will be available this year.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using this solution for approximately five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

I have been using this solution in my previous company and they have been using it just before I left in 2018. This is the second time I recommend this solution to a company because of its reliability.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

This solution only has one purpose and that is for segregating emails. There are a lot of other competitors that have offered more. We are currently looking into other vendors for these additional features.

We have approximately 1700 licensed users of Office 365 being protected by this solution.

How are customer service and technical support?

The technical support is responsive. However, I did experience some delays and this is only due to the time difference from where I am located. They are completely straightforward when giving their support.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

We use Microsoft Exchange Online in conjunction with this solution.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup was straightforward.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

We are on a per-user or per-mailbox monthly subscription. We are happy with the price of the solution. When comparing it to other solutions it is much cheaper.

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have evaluated Microsoft Defender.

What other advice do I have?

I would highly recommend this solution to others.

I rate TitanHQ SpamTitan a nine out of ten.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

Public Cloud
Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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