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Daily Digest: April 17, 2009
Content Control, Compliance, Archiving, E-Discovery, & Data Leak Prevention

Unify to Acquire Leading Archiving and Records Compliance Provider AXS-One
Unify to Expand Technology Portfolio with Integrated Content Archiving Solutions
Comment on AXS-One 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.

Tarmin Technologies Announces GridBank 1.5
Delivers Enhanced Data Management, Cost Optimization, Data Security, and E-discovery for Microsoft SharePoint Environments

Messaging & Collaboration

Security as a Service Cures IT Security Headaches
F-Secure Protection Service for Business provides cost-effective IT security for small and medium-sized businesses, delivered by dedicated experts and world class technology

Orange and Nokia extend strategic partnership with mobile email
Leading international collaboration adds email to music, gaming and maps for the ultimate mobile multimedia experience

Cloudmark to Provide Anti-Spam Filtering in Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server
Collaboration Delivers Industry-Leading Cloudmark Authority Technology to Global Forefront Security for Exchange Server Customers

IBM Establishes First Cloud Computing Laboratory in Hong Kong
Closes Outblaze Ltd. Asset Acquisition to deliver Secure Web Mail on LotusLive.com
Comment on IBM here

TRUSTe Expands Service Offering to Protect Consumer Privacy and Corporate Reputations from Emerging Threats
Acquisition of Haute Secure Delivers Automated Scanning of Domains For Threats from User-Generated Content and Advanced Malware Attacks

Blog Item(s)

LotusLive Has Different On-Prem vs. Extranet Platforms

We recently summarized IBM's LotusLive brand. One question that arises is how the use of a separate hosted platform will affect customers.

Microsoft has built its online offerings atop its cloud platform (Windows Azure) and is exploiting Active Directory federation. However, IBM's initial LotusLive offerings are not based on IBM's Blue Cloud platform, and will initially operate in silos:

  • LotusLive Notes atop a multitenanted Domino platform
  • LotusLive Engage atop a number (due to the Outblaze acquisition) of different multitenanted (?) platforms

While subscribers may not care, IBM's lack of a common platform is likely to result in higher operational costs and lower margins than Microsoft's.

Because of Notes replication, Notes administrative role delegation, and Notes Active Directory synchronization, partitioning responsibility between IBM service administrators and enterprise user and group administrators should be relatively straightforward, though not as seamless as in Microsoft's approach. It appears that at least initially, LotusLive Engage will be a closed system maintaining its own directory and requiring user authentication via submission of a user id and password.

Thus it remains to be seen which of the following customers want:

  • A seamless choice between functionally identical on-premise and cloud-based services as is the case with Microsoft's on-premise server and online service offerings, and IBM's Domino server and LotusLive Notes service, or
  • A wholly new and functionally different offering on-premise and online. This will be the case with IBM's on-premise servers (Domino, Sametime, QuickR, Connections), and LotusLive Engage.

The jury will be out for some time on this one. ... Nick Shelness


Latest Buzz ... Email Archive Migration: Plan for Stubbing

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.

Upcoming Webcasts

Recent Messaging and Collaboration Fundings
Wednesday, April 29, 2009
8:30 a.m. Pacific, 11:30 a.m. Eastern, 4:30 p.m. U.K., 5:30 p.m. CET. One hour.

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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  • Reduce the dangers of information leaks

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