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Messaging & Collaboration

Critical Path supports operators in emerging markets with its Mobile solutions
Memova suite of applications provide optimal converged experience for growing consumer demand

Voice enabled Unified Communications from Avanquest Solutions  
Messageware OWA Suite 2009 Voted MSExchange.org Readers' Choice Award Winner
Messageware's enterprise software suite has been selected as the best Outlook Web Access addon for the third year in a row by MSExchange.org readers

SWING PDF Converter for Lotus Notes: Archiving, Sharing and Web Printing
SWING PDF Converter enables Lotus Notes users and application developers to export Lotus Notes documents and emails into standard PDF format for sharing, archiving, or web printing

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Exchange 2010 Archiving: How Microsoft Sees It

Exchange 2010 archiving is not the solution to everyone's archiving needs, and it is wrong to suggest that Microsoft sees it as such. Here's our understanding of how Microsoft views the situation:

  • Long-term, Exchange should be largely independent of the types of storage it uses.
  • Long-term, Exchange stores should be of arbitrary size, without sacrificing performance.
  • About 80% of Exchange users don't have archiving. Microsoft's archiving will seek to address the (simpler) needs of this market for the foreseeable future.
  • Exchange archiving will gradually grow in sophistication. As it does, the market for third-party archiving solutions will slowly diminish.
  • However, there will probably be a long-term need for specialized archiving solutions from partners.
  • Short-term, Microsoft's archiving solution won't meet the needs of today's buyers of archiving, who have pressing storage management, compliance, and e-discovery problems that are best addressed by third-party tools.
  • Short-term, Microsoft's archiving solution will meet the needs of many new types of archiving buyers, who have lesser storage management, compliance, and e-discovery problems.

Storage management, and the need to keep Exchange stores as small as possible, is a very pressing, practical issue. Nevertheless, we are inclined to think that Microsoft is right to adopt the first two bullet points above. The company has worked hard, and continues to do so, to improve Exchange I/O and scalability. Major investments were made in E2007 and E2010 in this regard. In principle, it's clunky and undesirable to have to yank out message store content and put it into separate repositories, for the sake of performance. ... David Ferris


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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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