At times our mail servers are bombarded by the
latest viruses/worms (w32.sobig, etc.), which puts a strain on our
Barracuda Spam and Virus Units or the Mail Servers themselves. Although
the mail servers still operate, they are slowed appreciably by the
intense activity. Delays of 30 to 60 minutes can be introduced by this
On top of this, all the other mail servers around the globe are usually
in similar or much worse straits (those without anti SPAM/Virus gateway
servers). These servers are also introducing lengthy delays in the
processing of email.
Due to the nature of this activity there is virtually nothing that we
can do to mitigate the resulting delays. All that we can really do is to
wait out the storm at which time things will return to normal.