Collaborative computing, Exchange and Windows Server Engineering, PowerShell for Exchange, and the next steps that will evolve as traditional corporate email goes mobile, cloud-based, instant, and social.
Amazon has released it's Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) service. It features additional security features. Customers can specify IP address ranges for access, creating a private cloud network. Since companies are chomping at the bit for access to cheaper computing platforms and ability to use Cloud Computing for backups and cheaper software licensing, I predict many will evaluate the new Amazon solution.
Amazon said customers will be able to use their existing security services and firewalls for their private clouds. Amazon VPC will have no long-term contracts, requires "minimum" upfront investments, and customers will only pay for the resources they use, Amazon said in a statement.
So what's available on the service? To start with it seems mostly geared toward IT groups who want to set up servers.
Here's a list from Amazon of their software "menu." Truly virtual servers, here we come.
Amazon Machine Images (AMIs) are
preconfigured with an ever-growing list of operating systems. We work
with our partners and community to provide you with the most choice
possible. You are also empowered to use our bundling tools to upload
your own operating systems. The operating systems currently available
to use with your Amazon EC2 instances include:
enables our partners and customers to build and customize Amazon
Machine Images (AMIs) with software based on your needs. We have
hundreds of free and paid AMIs available for you to use. A small
sampling of the software available for use today within Amazon EC2 includes:
Creating a database availability group (DAG) and adding two Mailbox servers to the DAG.
Creating a mailbox database copy and monitor the health and status of the copy.
Performing a database switchover using the Exchange Management
Console and Exchange Management Shell. Also demonstrating the Outlook
Web Access experience during a database switchover using Internet
Explorer and Firefox.
But as for the smaller changes, sometimes a picture is worth a 1000 words, right? So MacWorld's slideshow is a nice way to get a glimpse of the new OS without having to wade through a bunch of description.
Like a "gateway drug" Exchange 2007 Service Pack 2 will get you on the road to stronger stuff available with Exchange 2012. Let's have a little roundup of some news and information about the new service pack.
the administrator, Exchange Server 2007 SP2 provides advanced
protection options against e-mail security threats, such as spam and
viruses, as well as the tools to help manage internal compliance and
high availability needs.
The IEEE has formed a new Industry Security Collaboration Group - IEEE-SA. The purpose of the new venture is to "standardize and stimulate collaboration between security researchers." They have already gathered together five major players in the sector, including: Symantec, McAfee, Trend Micro, AVG
Technologies and Microsoft. Channelweb.com article about the IEEE-SA.
The Industry Connections Security Group (ICSG) has the stated purpose of "working on a new standard for communication and collaboration among security researchers and vendors."
Tech tip: If you are receiving an error with Symantec Service Framework, you may need to uninstall and reinstall the product. More about about a Symanctec Service Framework error.
There's a third gorilla in play in the email space - more organizations, some quite large are dumping their infrastructure heavy traditional email client/servers and migrating to Google Apps. Google Apps are enterprise ready, secure, and cost effective.
The Gmail client is ubiquitous, with usability, large mailbox size support, and great searchability. Using the software as a service (SaaS) model, you can cut down on administration and support costs by moving into cloud computing.
After years of letting the great software from Lotus languish under poor marketing, IBM finally has woken up and decided to put some crowd sourcing buzz behind Lotus. Their new campaign is going viral with a twitter hashtag of #lotusknows. They also have a 72 hour Idea Jam site up where the community can make suggestions - tell IBM what you think.
My contribution - "Lotus Knows I need a job!" (Ok, just interjecting a little humor into the equation.) I personally am afraid this may be a case of too little too late, but one can hope that this will spark more interest in the IBM offerings. Just because Microsoft is the biggest gorilla on the block does not mean its products are the best. At any rate, I believe in being vendor independent and can admin Domino, Exchange, Blackberry, iPhone, and whatever else you throw my way.