Official South African partner, Loophold Security Distribution has introduced a number of new functions to the local market with Barracuda Networks' Barracuda IM Firewall which sees the solution now exporting complete Instant Messaging (IM) conversations to message archiving products, enabling the centralised management of both e-mail and IM communications.

The Barracuda IM Firewall incorporates IM servers with public IM traffic monitoring, IM archiving and policy management technologies. And with these new features, companies can now archive their IM traffic on a separate device such as Barracuda Message Archiver, freeing up space on the Barracuda IM Firewall.
Essentially, the Barracuda IM Firewall allows companies to monitor and log all internal IM traffic over the internal server as well as all public IM traffic over popular public IM channels such as Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, Google and ICQ.
"IM has become an important communication tool which is why it now forms part of companies' archiving efforts.  With the IM Firewall's new features administrators can now easily back up, log on and sort through both e-mail and IM threads," comments Martin Tassev, managing director at Loophold Security Distribution.
Research authority Gartner predicts that by the end of 2011, IM will be the de facto tool for voice, video and text chat with 95% of workers in leading global organisations using it as their primary interface for real-time communications by 2013.
Tassev adds: "This makes it a compelling reason for businesses to look towards Barracuda Networks' IM Firewall."  
The worldwide market for enterprise IM is forecast to grow from $267-million in 2005 to $688-million in 2010.
Additional new features of the Barracuda IM Firewall include:
* New IM Client that includes support for avatars for the identification of multiple, simultaneous IM conversations.
* New Server User Interface that enables for the dynamic manipulation of the message log display.
* Faster Message Log Searching which allows for quick search even if message volume increases.