SMG kan op een bijbehorende hardware-appliance worden gedraaid of virtueel in VMware of Hyper-V.
The Symantec Brightmail solution consists of the Brightmail Anti Spam software along with realtime anti-spam and anti-virus rule updates downloaded to email servers.
When Symantec Security Response receives spam from email probes, operators immediately create appropriate spam filtering rules, which are downloaded to Symantec Brightmail customer machines.
Similarly, Symantec Security Response sends realtime virus rules.
The Brightmail name continued to be used by Symantec, and the slogan Powered by Brightmail appeared on their products until 2011 when most products were renamed or deprecated into what is known as Symantec Messaging Gateway (SMG). by a group of AOL expatriates led by Sunil Paul in 1998, with the promise to “end spam,” Bright Light raised $55 million in three rounds of venture capital led by Accel, TCV, and Symantec.