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Likelihood to Recommend

AppRiver

I think AppRiver is suited for a small business looking for some basics for securing their email flow. Simple easy to use tools and the web GUI is great. The as-a-service feature is great as a small business doesn't have to set up or maintain scanning hardware or software on-premise. They also have a feature that caches emails if unable to be delivered, unfortunately, unlike other vendors they do not have an emergency inbox available online at this time. I think larger businesses that need to ensure delivery of emails with DKIM and DMARC are going to find that this service is lacking and not able to handle some of the new norms of email security.
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FortiMail

FortiMail is useful for small businesses and large companies. If you are looking to filter inbound and outbound email, then it will do an effective job of keeping your network safe. The virus, malware, spam definitions are updated on a daily basis and will help any company that is looking to eliminate spam and malware.
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Feature Rating Comparison

Secure Email Gateway

AppRiver
8.4
FortiMail
9.0
Anti-malware
AppRiver
7.5
FortiMail
9.0
Cusomizability
AppRiver
9.0
FortiMail
8.0
Data Loss Protection
AppRiver
10.0
FortiMail
9.0
Threat Detection
AppRiver
7.5
FortiMail
8.5
Sandboxing
AppRiver
10.0
FortiMail
9.0
End-to-End Encryption
AppRiver
6.0
FortiMail
10.0
Management Tools
AppRiver
8.5
FortiMail
9.5

Pros

AppRiver

  • Ease of management for a MSP. Even though there is no integration w/ PSA tools currently, I don't see this as a negative. The management is multi-tenant and simple to navigate.
  • Support via chat is fast and very competent. Only downside is they are just available during extended business hours, not 24x7 on the chat.
  • Reselling Office 365 is very simple and gives us an advantage over our competitors. Includes pre sales support and post sale support.
  • Encrypted email services act much like others, it works very well and includes and Outlook Plug in to make it obvious you intend to send messaged encrypted.
  • Email continuity. Email queuing is included, so if your onsite server goes down, mail queues at the spam filter until service is restored. You can step it up w/ their email continuity service which give you access to your mail at the spam filter in cases where your mail server is down for an extended period of time.
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FortiMail

  • Protects email (virus, spam, ransomware).
  • Webmail is intuitive.
  • Stable platform.
  • Integration with other FortiGate products.
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Cons

AppRiver

  • No complaints currently.
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FortiMail

  • Occasionally the bulk mail folder needs to be manually refreshed in order to see all the emails that are contained in there.
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Usability

AppRiver

AppRiver 10.0
Based on 1 answer
AppRiver is very easy to use. A new employee can begin using it on their first day.
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FortiMail

No score
No answers yet
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Support

AppRiver

AppRiver 8.0
Based on 2 answers
I would say they have great support for simple things, but once you have to dig deeper into issues that may be caused by things that are on their end the support gets thin and can be frustrating as they don't seem to have a second tier of support. They don't have any info on DMARC or DKIM or when they will possibly be implementing it. Help with email delivery is super sparse unless you have their hosted exchange service. But when they are smart hosting they do not have much to add to why your email may not be getting where it was intended
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FortiMail

FortiMail 8.0
Based on 1 answer
Sometimes they are delayed and you find the solution faster in Google.
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Alternatives Considered

AppRiver

We evaluated Rackspace but found their partner program to be less attractive. Clunky and smaller margins.
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FortiMail

I have used Barracuda Email Security in the past and FortiMail is just as effective. The interface is easy to use, and the configuration is straightforward in setting it up to work with Microsoft Exchange. Spam detection is effective, as well as malware/viruses and phishing attempts. Overall it is a great service.
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Return on Investment

AppRiver

  • AppRiver has reduced the time we spend on addressing spam and email borne viruses by at least 95%. Back in the early/mid 2000's, we spent hours a week dealing w/ spam, now its a few minutes a month, mostly approving whitelist requests and helping clients w/ misunderstandings about why something was blocked by the spam filter.
  • We make decent margins on Office 365 and the provisioning time has been easily cut by two thirds for new clients.
  • Probably the largest impact is the lack of time we spend managing the solution. When managing your own spam filter, it needs care and feeding. With AppRiver, once you get someone signed up, you don't have to manage the tool.
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FortiMail

  • Less virus detected by computer, stopped before.
  • Way less fishing attempts.
  • Doesn't need too much resources.
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Pricing Details

AppRiver

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

FortiMail

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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