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Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

PGP Corporation Receives "Encryption Product Of The Year" At Techworld Awards 2008
PGP Universal Gateway Email with PGP PDF Messenger recognised as industry-leading innovation in Enterprise Data Protection

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

Sacred Heart Hospital Deploys ArcMail Defender to Support Compliance Efforts
ArcMail helps regional medical facility comply with the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure (FRCP)

Messaging & Collaboration

GFI EventsManager 8.1 released  

Arkansas School District Discovers the Benefits of AVG Anti-Virus Network Edition
Greenwood School District quarantines 80 viruses in three weeks, Thanks to Walling Data and AVG Technologies

Wholesale Electric Plugs into Ceryx for Reliable Email and Messaging  

Microsoft Launches Consumer Subscription Offering That Combines Microsoft Office and Windows Live OneCare
Microsoft Equipt gives consumers powerful productivity and security protection technologies in a single package through Circuit City

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Finally: Microsoft "Online" Hosted Services

On July 7, Microsoft formally announced its new Online hosted services. These are "in the cloud", or software-as-a-service (SaaS) implementations of Exchange and SharePoint (not to be confused with Exchange Hosted Services, which is the hosted email security service formerly from Frontbridge).

Microsoft first announced this more than a year ago, and has been offering it in beta form for several months.

The services run in Microsoft's own datacenters, on shared hardware -- or dedicated hardware for larger customers.

We've seen a demo of the tools to migrate users from an in-house Exchange network to the service. It looks comprehensive. The most useful aspect is that a customer can choose a subset of their users to move to the service, retaining other users on the in-house system.

Naturally, the service allows customers to synchronize their Active Directory (AD) forest between their in-house AD servers and the ones in the cloud.

Of course, this puts Microsoft into direct competition with their partners who are already offering hosted Exchange/Sharepoint -- often using market development funds from Microsoft itself. However, this does at least validate the market. Microsoft will also allow partners to resell the Online services, with some attractive affiliate kickbacks. ... Richi Jennings


Microsoft "Online" Hosted Services: Too Expensive?

On July 7, Microsoft formally announced its new Online hosted services. These are "in the cloud", or software-as-a-service (SaaS) implementations of Exchange and SharePoint (not to be confused with Exchange Hosted Services, which is the hosted email security service formerly from Frontbridge).

The key new piece of information announced was the prices. As David predicted, a typical small or medium business would pay $20 per user per month for the combination of Exchange and SharePoint Online.

$20 is too expensive. Here's two reasons why:

First, compare that price with Google Apps at $50/year ($4.17/month). At one fifth the price, the combination of white-label Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Sites, and Google Talk may not provide 100% feature equivalence with Exchange plus SharePoint -- but in most cases it will be more than good enough. Don't forget that Google offers 25GB of email storage at that price, versus Microsoft's 1GB, which is paltry by comparison. Some organizations may even find the free version of Google Apps is sufficient for their needs, assuming they can live with the lack of a service-level agreement.

Second, Microsoft doesn't seem to have learned from the mistakes of others. Over the past ten years, we've seen vendor after vendor try to offer hosted Exchange -- many of them backed by substantial Microsoft resources -- but few have survived. Again, the problem is one of cost. Although the vendors would make a coherent, well-argued case that an organization should migrate to its hosted service, few IT managers believed it would save them money.

These vendors would tell potential purchasers that they could provide the service for less money than it was currently costing to run it in-house, but when it came time to actually quote for the service, most IT managers simply didn't believe it cost them that much.

For fans of Economics 101, the hosted providers were charging more than the market would bear. Looks like Microsoft is making the same mistake. It's a pity: Exchange 2007 is much more suited to offering the required economies of scale than previous versions. ... Richi Jennings



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