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Daily Digest: July 15, 2009
 
Compliance

GTB Technologies Announces GTB Inspector for Large Enterprise Providing Complete Data Loss Prevention  

Messaging & Collaboration

AtMail 6.0 Combines Advantages of Advanced Webmail With Enterprise Email Requirements
New dynamic interface redefines the power of Webmail with lower costs, simplified management and improved productivity for email users

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Microsoft's Cloud Doesn't Have a Silver Lining

Since the early 1980s, Microsoft's success has been predicated on a tripartite strategy:

  1. Sell software, in volume, at about 20% of the incumbents' prices.
  2. Engage third-party developers.
  3. Use industry-standard hardware.

These have clearly been the three keys to success for Microsoft -- although we can argue the details of how revisionist this description of Bill Gates' strategy is.

It's also clear that Microsoft sees SaaS -- if you insist, cloud computing -- as an important part of its future business. For example:

So this poses a problem for Microsoft. On the one hand, it's important for it to sell its products for far less than its incumbent competition. On the other hand, the SaaS/cloud incumbents such as Google, Amazon, and Symantec use platforms that are less expensive to run at scale than Windows.

There's no way that Microsoft can compete on price in these markets. Don't expect Microsoft to repeat its previous successes by undercutting its rivals. ... Richi Jennings, with thanks to Microsoft's Bob Muglia for the succinct description of Microsoft's strategy

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Veritas Acquires KVS: In Retrospect
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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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