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Daily Digest: June 24, 2009
 
Compliance

Lumension Announces General Availability of its Next Version of Endpoint Security Solution to Protect Against Data Loss and Ensure Endpoint Protection
Enhancements to Lumension Endpoint Security Provides Powerful Data Protection, Improves Operational Efficiency, Lowers Cost of Ownership

LiveOffice and Mimosa Forge First Partnership to Provide Integrated On-Premise and Cloud-Based Email Archive
Industry Leaders Deliver Predictable Storage Costs and Expedited eDiscovery

StoredIQ Announces "Just-in-Time" Desktop Agent for eDiscovery Projects
Just-In-Time Agent Delivers Unobtrusive, Intelligent Data Collection and Litigation Hold Policies across WANs and Low Bandwidth Networks

Messaging & Collaboration

Socialtext Unveils Free Enterprise 2.0 Offering Aimed at Mainstream Use; Social Spreadsheet Enters Public Beta
New Offering from Socialtext Encourages Adoption of Collaboration Networks by Companies; Availability of SocialCalc Announced

Symantec Managed Endpoint Protection Services Deliver Enhanced Security Against Emerging Threats
24x7 Monitoring and Management of Endpoint Protection Technologies Provides Improved IT Staff Productivity and Unmatched Defense Against Malware

Apptix Launches Microsoft Outlook Voice Access for Exchange Server 2007
Expands Capabilities for Remote Employees to Communicate and Collaborate

Global Water Systems Manufacturer Outsources Collaboration Suite Management to Azaleos
Pentair Migrates from Lotus Notes to Managed Microsoft Exchange and Blackberry Services

FT Services Upgrades to BoxTone Software to Manage & Monitor BlackBerry Platform  

Ensim First to Demonstrate Management Support For Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 Beta  

Cloudmark Introduces Comprehensive Solution for Combatting Growing Mobile Messaging Threats
Cloudmark's MobileAuthority Solution Combines Actionable Data, Content Filtering and Messaging Security Expertise to Protect Mobile Operators and Customers from Spam, Phishing and Virus Attacks

Titus Labs Announces Message Classification 3.1
Now Providing Inbound Email Labeling and Portion Marking for Email

Telligent Announces Telligent Community 5.0 and Telligent Enterprise 2.0 and Previews New Analytics Application
Significant Product Upgrades to and Rebranding of Community Server, Community Server Evolution, Harvest Reporting Server Support Telligent's Increased Focus on Enterprise Collaboration

Blog Item(s) & Announcements

Red Gate's Very Easy-to-Use Archiving

Red Gate's Exchange Server Archiver is a new email archiving product. It's strikingly easy to use:

  • Works with Exchange Server.
  • Outlook plugin.
  • Search is very simple and straightforward.
  • Main next elements of product roadmap are offline support and improved search.
  • Pricing is $30/mailbox for perpetual license, plus optional 25%/year maintenance.
  • Focus is on sales to SMBs with up to about 500 mailboxes.
  • Focus is on storage management benefits rather than compliance.
  • Main competition: GFI, metaLogic, Quest, Sherpa, Sunbelt.
  • Red Gate is privately held. All growth has been organic, with no external financing. We estimate revenues at $25M/year.

Comments:

  • The philosophy of the product is to offer a simple solution that meets the needs of SMBs, and to sacrifice all the bells and whistles that larger organizations need.
  • The ease of use comes naturally from the streamlined feature set. For example:
    • Everything archived is kept forever, so there's no need for retention policies.
    • Archiving policy can only be defined by size of email, and how long it's been kept; e.g., "Automatically archive messages over 10MB that have been in the message store for over 3 months."
    • Limited compliance support; e.g., no tagging.
  • Based on a demo, we agree this product is exceptionally transparent for users. Product manager Elizabeth Ayer says that installation is very simple and we have no reason to disbelieve her.
  • Things won't be quite as simple for users as Red Gate thinks. There will be human factors to consider. For example, companies will need to apply homegrown tagging strings in subject lines to facilitate searches (e.g., "2007-TAX-ISSUE"), and ensuring they follow the procedure correctly will be lots of fun for management.
  • Red Gate is an established vendor of database tools. It is good at selling these directly to IT staff in SMBs, over the Internet. Even though IT staff in SMBs are small, it's unclear how much the goodwill Red Gate has among developers will influence the people who administer Exchange.

... David Ferris

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