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Daily Digest: June 4, 2009

MXsense Partners with TransOptions Messaging, Inc. to Deliver Email Archiving Solution

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.
Symantec Helps Aspirus, Inc. Ensure HIPAA Compliance
Symantec data security and management software tools help healthcare provider realize more than $2 million in savings
Comment on Symantec here
Messaging & Collaboration

Turkey's Largest Internet Portal Protects Inboxes with Commtouch Technology  

F-Secure offers free detection of viruses and spyware wherever you go
F-Secure's latest Online Scanner finds PC malware more easily and effectively than ever and now also supports the Firefox browser
Sybase Positioned in Leaders Quadrant in Enterprise Wireless E-Mail Magic Quadrant  

Public Beta Available: HouseCall 7.0, Trend Micro's Free and Fast Cloud-based Antivirus Scanner
Using the power of the Trend Micro Smart Protection Network, the free online virus scanner gets a fresh new look
Comment on Trend Micro here

SchoolMessenger Selects Message Systems for Optimization of Critical Messaging Infrastructure
Leading Provider of Education Notification Services Partners With Message Systems to Further Optimize Its High Volume Messaging Platform

MailShadow Rocks as Disaster Recovery Solution for Global Radio
MailShadow from Cemaphore Systems Provides Robust Microsoft Exchange Continuity for 2,000 Employees

Mainsoft to Preview Social Networking Software Integration with Rational Team Concert  

Blog Item(s) & Announcements

Quest's E-Discovery Manager

Quest is working on a new product for e-discovery, Quest e-Discovery Manager. In summary:

  • Supports MS Exchange email. SharePoint and file servers planned for later versions.
  • Works on live Exchange 2003/7/10 and EDB files.
  • Works on Quest Archive Manager; support for other archives planned for later versions.
  • Workflows and access controls enable IT and legal side of house to work largely independently.
  • Lots of auditing so you can see who did what, when.
  • Emphasis is on early indexing and scoping of data, so only a minimal set of relevant information is extracted.
  • Main competitors likely to be Symantec, Mimosa, and Clearwell.
  • Will be available 3Q09.
  • Pricing tentatively $35/mailbox for perpetual license, plus optional maintenance.

Miscellaneous observations:

  • This is a good example of the trend to move e-discovery tools in-house. Currently, they are widely outsourced, and expensive.
  • Nice to hear about the efforts to allow internal IT and general counsel to go about their work independently, with points of overlap minimized.
  • The goal of minimizing the extracted set size is good. Major costs go into working on such extracts, so keeping them as relevant as possible is a big time and money saver. However, making sure extracts are as small as possible is extremely challenging. Search engines are usually much cruder than we'd like. This is an area we can expect ongoing innovations from vendors.
  • We look forward to a broader set of ESI being supported, beyond email.

To learn more, Quest is organizating an e-Discovery Virtual Expo on Wednesday, July 8, from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. EST. Register here, at no charge. ... David Ferris


Microsoft Messaging and Collaboration Strategy Service

Many Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, and OCS customers are at a planning crossroads, facing such questions as:

  • Whether to migrate to Exchange 2010 and, if so, when
  • Whether to migrate to Microsoft’s cloud-based offering or to that of Google
  • How and when to implement tightly integrated telephony/unified messaging

Charting the course is difficult. It is also hard to find impartial advice because vendors and their business partners clearly have axes to grind.

Ferris Research can help you make the right technology plans. Investigate our Microsoft Messaging and Collaboration Strategy Service today!

Notes Alternatives Strategy Service

Many Notes/Domino customers are considering moving to an alternative messaging and collaboration platform, such as IBM’s cloud-based offering, Microsoft’s on-premises and cloud-based offerings, and Google’s cloud-based offering.

Charting the course is difficult. Technology options are changing quickly, and migrations away from Notes/Domino are usually complex and expensive. It is also hard to find impartial advice: Notes/Domino competitors and their systems integrators clearly have an axe to grind.

Ferris Research can help you make the right technology plans. Investigate our Notes Alternatives Strategy Service today!

Archiving Strategy Service

Archiving products and services are evolving quickly, prompted by storage management, regulatory compliance, and e-discovery needs. Many products have been installed, but they are subject to replacement because of changing corporate requirements and changing vendor technology.

Ferris Research can help you make the right technology plans. Investigate our Archiving Strategy Service today!

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

Unify Acquires AXS-One: Transaction Assessment
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
8:30 a.m. Pacific, 11:30 a.m. Eastern, 4:30 p.m. U.K., 5:30 p.m. CET. One hour.

On April 16, 2009, application solutions vendor Unify announced it would acquire records management and archiving company AXS-One in an all-stock deal. In this webcast, we discuss the merger with Unify's CEO, Todd Wille. Topics include AXS-One's business and technology, Unify's business and technology, a financial summary of both companies, the nature of the synergism, the terms of the deal, and the challenges to a successful outcome.

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

Veritas Acquires KVS: In Retrospect
Wednesday, July 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.

In September 2004, Veritas Software purchased KVS for its email archiving product, Enterprise Vault. Veritas merged with Symantec, and thus the product is now Symantec's Enterprise Vault, the market-leading archiving software. In this webcast, we discuss the Veritas/KVS acquisition with key individuals involved. Topics include KVS's history, KVS's motivations for being acquired, Veritas' motivations for the acquisition, how the negotiations took place, the terms of the transaction, what went well, what was more difficult than anticipated, and lessons learned.

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