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Daily Digest: July 1, 2008
Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

Atempo and Nirvanix Partner to Deliver Industry-First Integration of File Archiving and Cloud Storage (Comments?)
Atempo Digital Archive and Nirvanix Storage Delivery Network Integrate to Offer Long-Term Data Retention Direct to "Archival Disk Drive in the Clouds"

Survey of Archiving Products -- Let us know what you think about the archiving products you use. If you add your own data, we will send you a summary of the findings. The survey just started--great if you can help get this off the ground by contributing your own policies

Survey of Retention Policies -- See the retention policies for various organizations here. If you add your own data, we will send you a summary of the findings

Mimosa's NearPoint Content Archiving Solutions Wins Best in Show at Interop Tokyo (Comments?)
Award-Winning Content Archiving Solution Addresses J-SOX Compliance Requirements for Japanese Financial Instruments and Exchange Law

Global Safety-Automation Leader Pilz Keeps Intellectual Property Safe with Liquid Machines (Comments?)
Liquid Machines Enterprise Rights Management Empowers Pilz to Protect Market Leadership in Highly-Competitive Industry by Persistently Protecting Confidential Information

New Titus Labs Document Classification Suite 3.0 Delivers Industry's Most Advanced User-Based Classification Product for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel (Comments?)
Powerful New Features Offer Enterprise and Public Sector Organizations a Data Classification Solution for the Microsoft Office Suite; Customizable Solution Extends Information Classification to the Workforce without Impacting Productivity

Messaging & Collaboration

Enabling Technologies Partners with Clearway Technology Partners (Comments?)
Enabling Technologies Extends Collaboration Offerings

Software602 Licenses Commtouch Real-Time Anti Spam for Groupware Server (Comments?)  

Domino's Pizza selects Voltage SecureMail for transparent and secure communication (Comments?)  

Latest Open-Xchange Public Beta Gives Customers a Free Preview to Business-Class Groupware (Comments?)
Traditional Open-Xchange Offering Now Packs Same User Interface and Architecture as Popular Hosted Edition

Wimba Classroom 5.2 Released (Comments?)
New Enhanced Features Facilitate Differentiated Instruction and Collaboration

Blog Item(s)

Microsoft Pushes for Exchange Online

In a 5/16/08 Reuters interview, Microsoft Senior Vice President Chris Capossela said that he expects more and more companies to abandon their in-house messaging systems and shift to "cloud computing" as a less expensive alternative. Capossela made the claim that, "in five years 50 percent of our Exchange mailboxes will be Exchange Online." Considering this accounts for over 150 million mailboxes, that is a very significant claim.

A shift of this magnitude will have a ripple effect over the industry. First, it will impact the job demands for Exchange Administrators. As more and more companies pull the plug on their Exchange Servers, the demand for administrators will decrease. Second, it will impact the entire food chain of resellers, system integrators, and third-party vendors who supply software and services to support in-house Exchange. And finally, it will directly compete with existing Exchange hosting providers with a much lower cost of goods.

We can only speculate why Microsoft would make such a dramatic change to its existing Exchange business. Perhaps it is in response to competition by Google Gmail. Or maybe this is just part of a major IT shift to cloud computing. No matter what the reason is, it is a clear sign that the role of in-house IT is changing. ... Bob Spurzem



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  • Provide messaging and collaborative technologies
  • Archive electronic information
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  • Facilitate e-discovery, and contain its costs
  • Reduce the dangers of information leaks

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