There was a webcast about the end of Microsofts SBS held by Collax a few days ago. It looks like, SBS will be gone by the end of 2013. If you want to continue to use a Microsoft Collaboration product after that, you have to get Exchange or go Cloud. As we have all realised by now, the cloud kills the Business Partner – except if you go for the cloud yourself. On the other hand, that end of SBS just might be the chance to get more business.
Some of you who are as old as I am will still remember Lotus Foundations. An IBM product aimed at the SMB market that included Domino. The licensing was more like an enterprise server. You were allowed to run your website on Domino and you got the Outlook connector, too, until the later was killed. There were quite a few interesting tools in the works, which you were able to run on those boxes and from my point of view, it had the best backup and recovery system ever. As it happens, this site still runs on Foundations. Yes, I know, I should have switched everything to Collax by now, but you know how it is, as long as something just runs without making any troubles at all, one does not see the point really – except for the hard disk crash once in a while, which is almost a non event, because the recovery procedure is so incredible easy, that after a few minutes the network is back in business and two hours later you have already forgotten about it. Most of the time it took me longer to find out that the hard disk crashed, than doing the restore.
But, IBM was too early again. If they had continued just another two years, they could have a winner by now. And here we come to another BUT.
During the Collax webcast they should the result of the yearly Techchannel “study” about the most popular collaboration server products.
1. Exchange 2010 2. Zarafa 3. Novell Groupewise
4. Kerio Connect
5. Exchange 2007
6. Oracle Behive 7. Lotus Notes
Oh bugger. Even Exchange 2007 was racked higher than Notes and even Oracle Beehive. A product I have yet to hear something positive about. My point is, even if IBM wanted to compete with Microsoft in the SMB market, nobody would look. It might be that somebody at IBM always thinks, that if IBM so much as harrumphs, everybody just looks what great news comes from IBM. That, I am sorry, just isn’t the case. IBM does make a lot of money with a rather small number of companies, just those big enough to appear on the radar. But if you talk to anybody on the street about IBM it’s always the same. IBM expensive, IBM arrogant, “What? They still have Notes?”. The general public just does not take notice from IBM in the market.
And now comes this. Zarafa must have used an old one. May I present the 2012 Techchannel study:
1. MS Exchange 2010
2. Zarafa 3. IBM Lotus Notes …
(They know about Notes/Domino. I think they write Notes, because nobody knows what Domino is)
While this still makes Zarafa happy, that should make us happy, too. But why did it happen? Anybody an idea, why suddenly Notes is in third place?
But since we are already here together, You probably have customers who want to keep their Outlook client, here is something to ease your pain, the Collax Groupware Suite. It has almost everything, that your customers need and more. Backup is there, a pretty good firewall with the best firewall administration tool, I have seen until today. Most users will never realise, that they are not working on a Microsoft server anymore and until the end of January, you get 15% of.
Should you have the need for high availability, you might want to talk to Collax about their Cluster based on KVM (proudly supported by IBM, Intel, RedHat and many more). There is the possibility to get a two node cluster for the Group Ware Suite with embedded SAN, but limited to two virtual machines for a very reasonable price … which means free (AFAIK). That’s probably the best offer ever, because the Collax virtualization is really cool. You learn to set it up in no time (I did and that’s a little wonder). If you move your customers away from SBS, consider to do it with high availability. Its worth it.
Since the limitation is for TWO virtual machines. Why not deploying a XWork Server for some nice XPages apps?
SocialBizUG trolls … They do have a problem
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 6:18a Christian Tillmanns There is somebody hovering around the Social Business User Group who is trying to sell Office 365 desperately. Last time it was under the name of a british actress, this time it’s interior design: Grace Lilly.
This time he/her/it/them even went as far to build their own WordPress blog. Quick thing, they just installed it and did no customization at all. Will probably disappear in no time, too.
Nice url: lotusnotestooffice365.edublogs.org/
While edublogs.org is in australia, I suspect the [read] Keywords: collaboration
Merry Christmas and a Happy new Year …
Tue, Dec 24th 2013 3:19a Christian Tillmanns Towards the end of the year, or right before LotuSphere Connect, I feel the urge to write about what I hope to see the next year. Not what I expect, because I would be wrong every time, just what I would like to get as a late Christmas present. But this year is different. I will tell you now, what big announcement will be made about Notes at the big yellow bubble gathering in Orlando.
Right! Nothing. Probably a few small ones, like Domino access for Outlook thru traveller. On [read] Keywords: connections
I hope I don’t have to see THAT again. Adobe Reader messes up my Mac big time.
Wed, Nov 27th 2013 5:18a Christian Tillmanns I would almost go as far to call Adobe Reader XI “Crap Ware”. And I am not even alone. What are they thinking.
Here is the scenario:
Yesterday I had to fill out a pdf form. Unfortunately the Apple preview app can’t do that. Hey, no problem, I am just going to install the latest Adobe Reader and off we go. That worked for the form … apart from the sending by email button with Notes … and I got it done eventually. But I should have taken the problem with Notes and se [read] Keywords: notes
Wed, Nov 27th 2013 1:19a Christian Tillmanns One of the best developers I know isn’t anymore.
He introduced me to OO programming with Lotus Script.
I found solutions were I ran into walls (and I found some for him).
We installed Workplace together and that was a long day.We build the first server chalet ever.
Rest in peace Jens.
My thoughts are with the family.
Christian Tillmanns [read] Keywords: lotus