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Daily Digest: October 23, 2008
Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

Leading Market Research Firm Identifies Autonomy as the Revenue Leader in the Enterprise Search Market  

Guidance Software and CACI Alliance Provides U.S. Government Agencies with Full Service eDiscovery Solution
CACI, a leading contractor for investigation and litigation support services for federal agencies, teams with Guidance Software to provide comprehensive eDiscovery solution

Messaging & Collaboration

DiskInternals Releases Mail Recovery Software  

Survey of Spam Control Products and Survey of Archiving Products -- Let us know what you think about the archiving and spam control products you use. If you add your own data, we will send you a summary of the findings.

Toshiba of Canada Limited & Esna Technologies Inc. partner to deliver mobility, presence and messaging in a single unified application suite  

SecurityGateway for Exchange/SMTP Receives High Marks for Reliability
Latest Product Review by German Technology Magazine Awards Maximum Score for Spam Prevention

IBM Extends IBM Lotus Notes Software to New Markets With On-Line Hosted Service  

Open Text Expands Content Lifecycle Management Services for Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007
New Solution for Open Text's eDOCS Customers Provides Content Lifecycle, Records Management and Archive Services for SharePoint Content

Blog Item(s)

How Is Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services Doing?

Microsoft has had several attempts over the years to offer hosted messaging solutions. They have all started with great publicity, and major telcos have always announced support. And then, little by little, the offering has faded from view.

So we're wondering, how is Microsoft Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration doing? This is Microsoft's software, run by service providers, that allows the service provider to offer hosted Exchange, SharePoint, and OCS. It was launched in January 2008; for our initial review, see here. Don't confuse it with Microsoft's Exchange Hosted Services or Exchange Online offerings.

If you're using the software--either as a service provider, or as a customer of a service provider--please let us know your experiences using the survey below. If you want to submit a posting anonymously, please send it to david.ferris@ferris.com, and we'll post it without revealing your name.

Spam Control Product/Service Survey

Q1. How would you describe your use of Microsoft Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration?

  1. A service provider
  2. A customer of a service provider
  3. Other (please elaborate)

Q2. Overall, how do you rate Microsoft Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration?

  • Excellent
  • Good
  • Satisfactory
  • Poor
  • Very poor
  • No opinion

Q3. Any other comments (e.g., things you like or dislike most about the software)?

Q4. Rough number of people in your organization/company?

Q5. What is your job title; what do you do?

Q6. What type of business/industry is your organization in?

... David Ferris



Upcoming Reports & Events

Email Archiving: On-Premises vs. SaaS
Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2008
8:30 a.m. Pacific, 11:30 a.m. Eastern, 3:30 p.m. U.K., 4:30 p.m. CET. One hour.

Note: Because of differences in the end of Daylight Savings Time, this webcast will begin one hour earlier than usual in the U.K. and Europe.

You can provide email archiving through a hosted service (or SaaS) or by means of an on-premises solution. On-premises solutions are either an appliance or software installed on standard computing equipment.

In this webcast, Ferris senior analyst David Ferris and Mimecast’s Senior Vice President and General Manager, Mary Kay Roberto, discuss the strengths and challenges of hosted and on-premises approaches. Mary Kay and David Goldberg, Mimecast’s Director of Sales Engineering, also briefly explain their company's SaaS offering. The event concludes with a Q&A period.

To register for the webcast, click here. For more information, click here.

TCO of Microsoft-Based Unified Communications
Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008
8:30 a.m. Pacific, 11:30 a.m. Eastern, 4:30 p.m. U.K., 5:30 p.m. CET. One hour.

In this webcast, Ferris Research analyst Richi Jennings and Unison CMO Rurik Bradbury discuss the total cost of ownership (TCO) of Microsoft’s approach to unified communications. You will learn how to model and estimate unified communications costs in your own environment. You will also have an opportunity to ask questions.

To register for the webcast, click here. For more information, click here.

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About Ferris Research

Ferris Research studies messaging, and the control of electronic information. More specifically, we help IT staff evaluate and implement products and services that:

  • Provide messaging and collaborative technologies
  • Archive electronic information
  • Ensure compliance with corporate policy, industry regulations, and laws
  • Facilitate e-discovery, and contain its costs
  • Reduce the dangers of information leaks

Email is the most important type of electronic information that requires control today. Other important types include instant messages, Sharepoint teamspaces, images, voice, video, and miscellaneous desktop files.

We've been in business since 1990--longer than any other analyst firm in our field:

  • Clients include 300 of the world's 1,000 largest organizations, and computer vendors from the largest corporations to small startups
  • While other analysts have come and gone, we've published more than 200 formal reports and 1,100 short bulletins
  • Our news service covers more than 2,000 highly specialized announcements annually
  • We have nine experts in our research team, sharing many decades of experience in our core competencies

In short, our technology and industry depth helps you understand today's products, where they've come from and where they're going.

Have news you want to share with us or product or interest area that you would like us to cover? Send press releases to releases@ferris.com.

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