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Iron Mountain Enhances Portfolio with Hosted Email Management and Archiving Solution
Company continues to deliver on the promise of secure, enterprise-class cloud storage with new offering
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Mimecast and Iron Mountain Digital Forge Technology Alliance
Mimecast partners with Iron Mountain Digital to bring new Storage-as-a-Service solution for email archiving to market
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Xerox Offers Real-Time Access to E-Discovery Process  

Messaging & Collaboration

Microsoft Unveils Exchange 2010 With Public Beta
First in the next wave of Office-related products, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 will help lower communications costs, improve user productivity and transform e-mail archiving
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Axceler Certifies Products for IBM Lotus Notes Domino 8.5  

AXIGEN launches new version of its messaging solution with extended Groupware and Sharing Capabilities  

InfTek Offers a Clustered Solution for Kerio MailServer
VMWare Technology Enables Cloud-Based Email Alternative to Hosted Microsoft Exchange

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About LotusLive

IBM launched LotusLive at this year's Lotusphere, with some associated confusion. It wasn't clear:

  • Whether LotusLive was merely a rebranding of Bluehouse
  • What the role of Notes/Domino would be, given the simultaneous announcement that IBM was acquiring Outblaze

Ferris recently had an additional briefing on LotusLive that has cleared up some of the confusion.

The key message is that LotusLive is a brand and not a product, and that the LotusLive brand will be applied to both an initial, and an expanding and evolving, set of products. The technology that will form the basis of some of these LotusLive products already exists in Lotus on-premise offerings, and some of these on-premise offerings (Notes/Domino, Sametime, QuickR) are already capable of multitenanted deployment (remember AT&T Network Notes!).

A LotusLive Notes (messaging only) offering will be available almost immediately delivering both rich (Notes) client and Web (iNotes) client support. LotusLive Notes will bundle support for: 1GB user mailboxes, an anti-malware facility, an online archiving facility, and QuickR Personal Edition with 50MB of storage. LotusLive Notes is aimed at larger organizations "with 1,000-10,000 employees." LotusLive Notes is directly comparable to Microsoft's Exchange Online offering. As IBM is yet to publicly release pricing information, a direct price comparison is not yet possible.

LotusLive Engage is effectively a rebranding of Bluehouse and remains in beta. It is being positioned primarily as an extranet offering:

  • As Google is doing with Google Apps, Lotus is trying to significantly expand the footprint of online collaboration, beyond email, calendaring, and IM, so as to justify a for-fee service.
  • IBM may also choose to host rebranded editions of Lotus Live Engage on behalf of ISPs (primarily, telcos) that would market these offerings to their subscribers.
  • LotusLive Engage currently lacks an email component, and this was the primary reason for the Outblaze acquisition. Outblaze has also had considerable experience in hosting own-branded email services on behalf of ISPs, if IBM chooses to go down this route.
  • LotusLive Engage subscribers will be able to invite guests, at no additional cost, to view their LotusLive Engage content.
  • It is not clear why IBM chose not to employ LotusLive Notes for the LotusLive Engage role. In so doing, IBM has probably handed a significant marketing bullet to Exchange Online. Perhaps to blunt this, IBM has announced that LotusLive Engage will soon support an iNotes client (whatever that means) based on Outblaze technology.
  • Functionally, LotusLive Engage is very similar to Microsoft's bundled online collaboration offering, which consists of Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office Communications Online, and Office Live Meeting. Microsoft's online offering is accessible from both rich (Office), and Web (browser) clients. LotusLive Engage is a Web-only offering. As IBM is yet to release pricing information, a price comparison is not yet possible.

... Nick Shelness


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The severe global recession has made it difficult for emerging companies to raise money. The number of fundings is roughly half its normal rate, and valuations are similarly reduced. In this webcast, we speak with Marc Olson of Nayatek and Tal Golan of Sendio, two messaging companies that recently completed a funding round. They'll discuss, among other things, how they raised the money, the main investor concerns, and how the funds were used. They'll also provide advice on fund-raising do's and don'ts.

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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.

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