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TMCnet Email Hosting Week in Review

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September 15, 2012

TMCnet Email Hosting Week in Review

By Erin Harrison, Executive Editor, Cloud Computing

Email hosting has become one of the most commonly used forms of communication technology in the industry as providers allow for premium e-mail services along with custom configurations and a large number of accounts. TMCnet was there this week to report on all the latest e-mail hosting news. Here are a few highlights:

Analyst firm Telsyte is revealing a survey today that highlights Google (News - Alert) Apps as officially overtaking IBM’s Lotus Notes/Domino and Novell’s GroupWise platforms and is now the second go-to solution that Australian enterprises leverage after e-mail hosting solution Microsoft (News - Alert) Exchange, TMCnet reported.

In previous times, the three leaders in the e-mail hosting space within this region were Microsoft, IBM and Novell (News - Alert) but lately Microsoft Exchange has gained traction and is increasing its user base by the day.

The findings were derived after polling nearly 330 local chief information officers and senior IT decision-makers in regards to what enterprise software they use and what capabilities they will like to access via their offering of choice. And according to respondents, although a majority of CIOs still remain a little scared to adopt a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS (News - Alert)) model, which is what Google Apps uses, users are much more enthusiastic about relocating their e-mail to the cloud. For more on the survey results, click here.

Recently, e-mail hosting provider Microsoft revealed that it will cease development of many of its Forefront security software products for its Exchange Server (FPE), SharePoint (FPSP), Office Communications Server (FSOCS), as well as its Threat Management Gateway (News - Alert) products (TMG / TMG WPS). This news is likely to shock several Microsoft customers.

It was the company’s decision to axe many of the Forefront enterprise-security products and the technology giant is claiming it has other products integrating some of the same functions in providing protection, products that have built-in security capabilities already. For more on this development, click here.

In other e-mail hosting news this week, nCircle, a major player in information risk and security performance management solutions, has recently unveiled nCircle Configuration Compliance Manager version 5.12. This release comes with the ability to both support and audit e-mail hosting solution Microsoft Exchange 2007 and 2010 configurations, extends Solaris configuration auditing to support Solaris 11, and adds a variety of new configuration auditing policies. For all the details on the software update, click here.

For more e-mail hosting news, be sure to visit TMCnet again next week for all the latest developments.

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