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Daily Digest: January 23, 2009
Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

Autonomy Corporation plc Announces Agreement to Acquire Interwoven, Inc. for an Aggregate Consideration of Approx. US$775 Million
Combination of Autonomy and Interwoven Extends Meaning Based Computing to New Customer Base Enabling World's First Comprehensive Manage-In-Place Architecture
Comment on Autonomy here

Survey of Spam Control Products, and Survey of Archiving Products -- See what others think of these products/services. If you add your own data, we will send you a summary of the findings.

Server-Free Collaborative Content Management Solution for Every Desktop, Workgroup and Project Team
Content Circles launches a secure, fast, easy-to-use solution for today's flexible, geographically dispersed workforce

ColdSpark Announces Availability of Compliance Catalyst Solution
The Compliance Catalyst solution is the enterprise platform to enforce policy and compliance across all messaging, regardless of the source, without replacing your existing email infrastructure

Messaging & Collaboration

IBM Makes Collaboration Easier, Faster and Universally Accessible
New Version of Lotus Sametime; Support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync; Lotus Notes Traveler Support for Orange, Samsung and Verizon Wireless
Comment on IBM here

AOL Launches New Version of Web Mail  

Skype and IBM collaborate on LotusLive Integration for the Enterprise
Skype voice and video calling to be available for global businesses via IBM Cloud Services

SECNAP launches next generation e-mail security appliance  

Active Gossip Threads

Most recent buzz .... Orchestria distress sale ..... Mimosa belt tightening .... Pros and cons of Symantec's Enterprise Vault, and a cute personal note by Nigel Dutt

Below are various active gossip threads on current events in the industry. To contribute information, follow the appropriate link or see our Gossip page for other vendor threads.

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Lotus' Tight Spam and Virus Control for Notes/Domino

We've been looking at the Lotus Protector Security Platform. This is an email malware solution of much interest to Notes/Domino users:

  • Lotus Protector for Mail Security provides spam and virus control, and protection from other malware attacks such as phishing, denial-of-service, and directory harvesting attacks.
  • Filters email streams.
  • Launched September 2008.
  • Software with VMware support or optional appliance.
  • List price: $59/user for first year, $15.34/user for ensuing years; various discounts apply, including 25% trade-up discount (first year).
  • Future plans:
    • Add support for other Lotus products, including Quickr, Sametime, and Connections.
    • Add products for encryption and data leak prevention.

What's notable about Protector is its tight integration with Notes/Domino:

  • Mid-2009:
    • Filters all email, not just email transiting the Internet boundary.
    • Users access and manage the block list and quarantine within the Notes Client instead of having to go to a Web browser with a different look-and-feel.
  • 2H 2009/early 2010:
    • Similarly, administrators use integrated tools.
    • The encryption will be tightly integrated with that of Notes/Domino. This will allow filtering to be more effective on encrypted messages.

... David Ferris


Lotus "Intends" to Support Microsoft ActiveSync

In some way one of the most important announcements from Lotusphere 2009 was not aired until Wednesday in a press release, nor covered in analyst pre-briefings, the general session, or a breakout. Ferris learned of it from a posting on Volker Weber's excellent Web site ("Ceci n'est pas un blog"). It is that Lotus "intends" to support Microsoft's ActiveSync on Domino, or more accurately, that Lotus "intends" Lotus Traveler to support ActiveSync.

I have chosen my words carefully here. It is not yet clear how technically grounded this plan is. Is it merely a plan? There appears to be a working prototype. Is there a production implementation in alpha test? I worry about this because, though I have never looked at the ActiveSync protocol in detail (it is not in the public domain), it's my understanding that it supports the exchange of compressed MAPI payloads over SyncML. At one level, this makes ActiveSync similar to Lotus' recently announced Traveler protocol for the Nokia S60 platform, which exchanges compressed Notes document payloads over SyncML. At another level, it is very different. The key to success will be how accurately Notes document payloads can be transformed into suitably equivalent MAPI payloads and vice versa. In the past, this has proved problematic. The jury will have to remain out on this one for some time.

Beyond the above, I have a number of questions. These do not include whether Microsoft will license ActiveSync to Lotus. IBM and Microsoft have a process in place for: a) sharing Intellectual Property (IP); b) valuing their use of each other's IP; and c) exchanging cash in respect of any imbalance. What does concern me is how robust Lotus' implementation will be. This is not so much an issue of compliance with ActiveSync as documented, but compliance with ActiveSync as mis-implemented both by Microsoft and mobile device manufacturers. There will be a lot of reverse engineering required.

In many ways this is a brave decision on Lotus' part. Lotus customers have been left out in the cold when it comes to mobile device support. This has been especially the case on the iPhone. This announcement would seem to indicate that Lotus is putting its customers first -- always a good thing -- and that Bob Picciano (Lotus' relatively new GM) is willing to: a) make hard decisions; b) not believe IBM's own propaganda; and c) do the right thing, however painful it may be.

One can only hope that Lotus can convince mobile device manufacturers to alter the "sync with" labels in its next releases to "Exchange or Domino" from "Exchange." ... Nick Shelness



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