If you like Microsoft's Outlook e-mail client software but hate the expense of licensing and running Exchange Server, there is yet another alternative: a subscription service that effectively lets people dump Exchange in favour of Google's cloud-computing infrastructure. The product, called MailShadow for Google Apps, or MailShadowG, is being made available in a beta test version on Wednesday, according to the company behind it, Cemaphore Systems. Cemaphore says the product ultimately will be licensed via a monthly subscription fee.
Cemaphore says the service "instantaneously synchronises e-mail, calendars, and contacts between Outlook, Exchange, and Gmail" meaning that if cam get rid of Exchange and run your e-mail back end on Google.
One of the key reasons for Microsoft's dominance is e-mail and Exchange, its e-mail and communications server. Once installed in companies, Exchange and Outlook form the backbone of a vital application that's difficult to migrate away from or replace.
MailShadowG, the newest offering from Cemaphore Systems, will revolutionize the way you think about email continuity and content management. Using a SaaS-based (Software as a Service) model, MailShadowG allows you to synchronize your Outlook client with web-based email service providers like Google’s Gmail. This effectively turns Outlook into a universal front end client for different email systems, reducing infrastructure costs dramatically and making email backup portable and affordable. MailShadowG severs your dependency on the costliest elements of a traditional Exchange backup system.
Rather than providing your own infrastructure, backup hardware, and co-location facilities, you can leverage the legendary Google infrastructure to handle your Outlook data backup. MailShadowG offers bi-directional synchronization so that anyone who uses Outlook can synchronize your rich messaging data such as email, calendars and contacts with the external service provider and vice versa, eliminating the need for costly replication infrastructure.
With MailShadowG, you can synchronize Microsoft Outlook with a trusted Internet email provider like Google, by mapping the repository that exists in Exchange (for email, calendaring and contacts) to these backend systems.
Source:→ ZDNet Australia
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