Go ahead, try and not use an email hosting solution within your business – I double dog dare you. Couldn’t do it you say? That’s because this offering is vital in driving efficiency and improving communication dramatically with a geographically separated workforce and client base.
This week in the space, VAR Dynamics, which provides MSPs with SaaS (News - Alert)-based services, unveiled a Personal Archiving feature to be used in conjunction with Microsoft Exchange. The robust functionality will act as an additional storage option for VAR Dynamics' hosted Microsoft (News - Alert) Exchange mailboxes, allowing MSP partners to much less complexly manage and maintain Outlook .pst files for email storage and archiving.
With this offering in place, partners can see a much greater level of control and flexibility over e-mail messaging data.
"We are constantly striving to make our suite of services the industry's most efficient and effective platform for MSPs to squeeze the highest margins out of their services," said Matt Baldwin, CTO at VAR Dynamics.
Also this week, Zarafa inked a partnership with Yubico to integrate YubiKey security into its email hosting offering. This strategic alliance was made in hopes of driving server level security for customers while gaining a competitive edge against Microsoft Exchange. Powered by an open source software suite, this product can be seamlessly integrated with common open source components and can successfully run on various platforms including Linux, Red Hat, SUSE Linux Enterprise, Debian and Ubuntu (News - Alert).
“The YubiKey is a cheap hardware authentication token that looks like a small USB memory stick,” according to a statement by company officials. “By touching the integrated button, the YubiKey sends a time-variant, secure login code as if it was typed in from a keyboard. The unique passcode is verified by a YubiKey compliant Web service or software application.”
Lastly, Microsoft revealed that it just made it much easier for users to view information via Outlook. In fact, the revamped version of the offering coined Outlook 13 will come complete with a hybrid cached mode. Touted as the first real change to Outlook since 2003, this added capability will help IT managers see exactly what’s going on in every area of their infrastructure.
Moreover, it will make it much less complex to switch from the online to local access loading.
Be sure to check back next week to the email hosting community for a variety of breaking news!