Ferris Research Free News
Thursday, March 05, 2009
  Mar 6, Daily Compliance & Messaging News
Ferris Research Home

Sign up for the Ferris News Service here

News on messaging, content control, compliance, e-discovery, data leak prevention
Daily Digest: March 6, 2009
Messaging & Collaboration

USA.NET Signs Agreement with HP to Offer a Comprehensive Suite of Business Email Hosting Opportunities to VARs and Other Channel Partners
Joint initiative to provide cloud-based, advanced collaboration services and generate new revenue streams for VARs

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.

Optenet Launches New Content Security Solutions for Enterprises  

SpamTitan Unveils the SpamTitan Cluster Management Configuration for Enterprise-Class Email Security Solutions

European Seal of e-Excellence for Synchronica Marketing of Mobile Email  

Wimba Offers Wimba Collaboration Suite As Locally Hosted Solution for Canadian Customers
State-of-the-Art Canadian Data Centre Supports Growing Number of Canadian Customers

Active Gossip Threads

Latest Buzz ... Exchange Losing Ground to Gmail in SMB

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.

Blog Item(s)

Lotus Foundations, and Cracking the Maintenance/Administration/Support Nut

Our recent piece about Lotus Foundations got me to thinking, primarily, about an underlying issue it addresses -- how to economically provide IT systems to small and medium businesses (SMBs) or to remote branch offices in larger organizations?

The barrier to economic provision is not hardware or even software costs; rather, it's maintenance, administration, and support costs. How does one reduce these? There are currently two approaches:

  1. Relocate the IT system from being hosted by dedicated server(s) on customer premises, or in branch offices, to being hosted on multitenanted servers in an application service provider (ASP), or corporate, data center (e..g., to the "cloud").
  2. Continue to host IT systems on servers sited on customer premises, or in branch offices, but use hardware and software that truly deliver remote maintenance and support (e.g., Lotus Foundations).

While the latter is a new approach in the Wintel or Lintel server arena, it has a much earlier genesis in IBM's historic SMB and branch office offerings -- the System/36, the System/38, and the AS/400. These were systems that were preloaded with vertical applications, remotely maintained, and which just sat in a corner and ran. Compared to today's server hardware and software, they were expensive, but their maintenance, administration, and support costs were much, much, lower. So one way to view Lotus Foundations is as an AS/400 for the modern era.

While the plummeting per-bit cost of high-speed data communications would seem to hand an advantage to "cloud"-based approaches, there are locations (in the developing world, or rural areas) where the communications infrastructure is just too unreliable, slow, or expensive for a cloud-based approach. Here Lotus Foundations may well achieve real success.

Whether this success can also be extended to SMBs and branch offices in areas served by reliable, low-cost, broadband communications remains an open question. This may well come down to an issue of relationships. SMBs may be happier with an on-premise offering from a nearby value-added reseller (VAR) than a cloud-based solution from a largely faceless ASP. If remote maintenance and support can really be performed using Lotus Foundations, then both the cost to an SMB and the margins that a VAR can achieve may end up turning Lotus Foundations into a solution preferred by both SMBs and VARs. ... Nick Shelness



Upcoming Events & Reports

CA Buys Orchestria: Assessing the Transaction
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
8:30 a.m. Pacific, 11:30 a.m. Eastern, 3:30 p.m. U.K., 4:30 p.m. CET. One-half hour.

On January 5, 2009, CA announced its intention to acquire Orchestria. This webcast discusses key aspects of the acquisition, including the benefits for CA; price paid, price/sales revenues, and similar key valuation considerations; comparable transactions; how the sale took place and bids from other suitors; implications for Orchestria’s customers and competitors; implications for CA’s customers, competitors, and stockholders; and possible negatives/concerns. Note: Because of differences in the start of Daylight Saving Time, the event begins one hour earlier than usual in Europe.

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

Recent Research

Recent Reports Available:

For more reports, visit our reports page.

Recent Ferris Webcasts:

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.

Copyright © Ferris Research 2008.


Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home
Lets anyone with a professional interest in messaging and collaboration keep up with the news and key trends ... To sign up, go to www.ferris.com ... If you want a version that includes analysis of the news and puts everything in a single email, subscribe to our Analyzer Information Service ... Got some news you want to share with us? Send press releases and conference announcements relevant to messaging to releases@ferris.com ... Copyright © Ferris Research 2005-2006.

September 2005 / October 2005 / November 2005 / December 2005 / January 2006 / February 2006 / March 2006 / April 2006 / May 2006 / June 2006 / July 2006 / August 2006 / September 2006 / October 2006 / November 2006 / December 2006 / January 2007 / February 2007 / March 2007 / April 2007 / May 2007 / June 2007 / July 2007 / August 2007 / September 2007 / October 2007 / November 2007 / December 2007 / January 2008 / February 2008 / March 2008 / April 2008 / May 2008 / June 2008 / July 2008 / August 2008 / September 2008 / October 2008 / November 2008 / December 2008 / January 2009 / February 2009 / March 2009 / April 2009 / May 2009 / June 2009 / July 2009 / August 2009 / September 2009 / October 2009 / November 2009 / December 2009 / January 2010 / February 2010 / March 2010 / April 2010 / March 2011 / March 2012 /

Powered by Blogger