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Daily Digest: February 19, 2009
Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

Sun Establishes First Open Source Standard for Storage Encryption Solutions
Customers Can Now Consolidate Sun Crypto-Key Management System and Key Manager Solutions Across Multiple Vendors to Avoid Additional Licensing Fees and More Easily Manage All Encrypted Keys

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.

Sun Microsystems Selects Guidance Software's EnCase eDiscovery on a Pay-Per-Use Basis  

Messaging & Collaboration

Cisco and Trend Micro Help to Revolutionize Home Internet Security
Home Network Defender includes parental controls, virus protection, and network activity reporting that help ensure home network security
Comment on Cisco here
Comment on Trend Micro here

Kempinski Hotels Check-In to Novell Teaming for Collaboration
Novell solutions help international organization capitalize on the accumulated knowledge and experience of its workforce

Synchronica Pushes Social Networking and News to Every Mobile Phone  

Equifax Selects StrongMail as Centralized Platform for Marketing Email Services
Global leader in information solutions uses StrongMail for more efficient email delivery

O3SIS strengthening Tier-1 Carrier footprint in Ireland
O3SIS launches next-generation Messaging Service including Over-The-Air Address Book Synchronisation

Active Gossip Threads

Latest Buzz ... Exchange 14 Addresses Storage Management

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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CA's Acquisition of Orchestria
We're Seeking Input

We're writing an analysis of CA's recent acquisition of Orchestria. We'd like to hear from anyone that can help us with the following:

  • Orchestria's revenue and profit/loss history
  • Terms of the deal
  • The main business problems Orchestria faced over the last two years
  • How Orchestria sought a buyer, and how the negotiations with CA proceeded
  • External funding received by Orchestria during its history
  • The main challenges CA will face in making the acquisition a success
  • Comparable transactions. We know about McAfee/Reconnex, Symantec/Vontu, EMC/Tablus, and Websense/PortAuthority
  • Related acquisitions by CA: price paid, and price/revenue multiple. We know about Netegrity and iLumin
  • Any Orchestria technology that will be made redundant as a result of the acquisition. Ie, Orchestria technology that won't be used by CA
  • CA's identity and access management revenues
  • Any other information that's relevant!

Contact David Ferris on +1 415 367 3436, or david.ferris@ferris.com. Unless you indicate otherwise, we will assume that all communications are confidential. In return, let us know any transaction information you would like to have, and we will try to return the favor.

Thanks and hope to hear from you.


Exchange Losing Ground to Gmail in SMB

There is a groundswell of customers in the sub-100 seat range who are unhappy with the cost and effort of supporting Microsoft Exchange for their organizations. The cause of dissatisfaction tends to be around (1) licensing costs, and (2) the effort and cost of managing multiple Exchange and Active Directory servers (or Small Business Server) for a small organization.

These customers face several options. When it comes to the Microsoft vs. Google battle, these options boil down to:

  • Migrate to Google Apps Premium accounts for approx. $50/user/year for 25GB of storage per mailbox
  • Migrate to Exchange Online for just over $100/user/year for 2GB of storage per mailbox

The choice seems clear: Customers get an order of magnitude more storage at half the cost. This, then, leaves customers facing a feature decision between Outlook, Gmail, and IMAP clients. When this doesn’t become a "religious" decision (like Mac vs. PC), it comes down to the following key features:

  • Folders in Outlook vs. tagging in Google
  • Offline capabilities (now dampened by Google's Gears capabilities)
  • Search capabilities

At the end of the day, companies that either like the Gmail user interface -- or can bring themselves to like it -- will most likely make the switch. We predict that unless Microsoft dramatically increases Exchange Online mailbox quotas and decreases its pricing, a significant segment of the sub-100 user market will make the move in 2009. Economic conditions will only accelerate this migration away from the costs of running Exchange in-house. ... David Sengupta



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