MDaemon 13 beta preview: Part 1 – ActiveSync policies

Over the last few weeks I’ve been experimenting with the latest Beta editions of MDaemon version 13 and thought it’d be beneficial to share some of the great new up and coming features you can expect to see in the release.

Just before I wet your appetite with the first of them – don’t forget, if you’re interested in getting involved in the MDaemon beta test process you can apply to join the community by registering here. 

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MDaemon Messaging Server – a viable alternative to Microsoft Exchange?

MDaemon, Exchange or Office365?Towards the end of my last post I touched on the fact that Microsoft’s recent announcement to drop Small Business Server next year has given particularly its partner community, reasons to look around at potential alternative solutions to Exchange.

In this post I take a moment to highlight some of the reasons MDaemon Messaging Server should be on that list of alternatives you might be considering, including how the costs look alongside the equivalent Microsoft products.

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Microsoft Small Business Server to ‘bite the dust’ in 2013

SBS - the final nail?As you may well have picked up on the IT news grapevine, Microsoft have recently announced their plans to kill off the popular Small Business Server 2011 titles in June 2013 as they step up efforts to “guide” small business customers towards their hosted and hybrid offerings.

Despite the fact it came as no real surprise to most of the partners I come in to contact with – the decision has still clearly left many of those who’ve been loyal SBS evangelists over the years pretty miffed given it’s the product they’ve been building their businesses around.

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INVITE: BackupAssist developer webinar – Agentless backup and recovery scenarios for Hyper-V

Hyper-V webinarOur Aussie friends over at BackupAssist developer Cortex IT, have opened up a great opportunity for our partners to attend the first in what we hope will be a series of online Webinar/ Q&A sessions.

They’re presented directly by the BackupAssist development team and are a unique chance to hear about BackupAssist’s Hyper-V backup capabilities while also providing feedback should you wish.

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MailStore 7 Beta now available

MailStore Beta

Over the past 12 months we’ve been actively involved in passing feature requests back to MailStore on behalf of our customers, and its great to see how many of these have made it to this early preview of version 7.

There are two features that really stand out for me. The first is the new archive store concept, which amongst other things will enable the reorganising of archive folders between users. Second is the speed improvements that have come from multi-threading, and the different back end database store options for Microsoft SQL and PostgreSQL which provide more options to help those larger site installations.

For a full list of the new features Version 7 brings along with a link to the Beta download simply follow this link.

Visit Zen Software @ InfoSecurity Europe (24th-26th April 2012)

Zen Software at Infosec

We’re but a few weeks away from the annual industry pilgrimage to Earls Court for the biggest of the IT and security shows in this country, InfoSecurity Europe. Each year IT professionals (and the not-so) gather at InfoSec to take in keynote talks from industry experts, strengthen relationships with customers and suppliers, keep an eye on the competition and of course, pick up plenty of promotional tat for the kids.

This year will be slightly different however, as visitors will notice that the show’s noticeably better than previous ones thanks to the addition of the Zen Software stand in the new exhibitor area. It’s possible I’m overestimating the impact we’ll have but in any case, we’re genuinely pleased to be a part of the show and that we’ll be down there unashamedly flogging our wares in our compact but charming booth (K94). Continue reading