Early Days of Corporate Email: Some Personal Observations

Curator’s note: We’re delighted to receive this piece from Ralph Ehlers, which is the museum’s first piece by an IT implementer. We hope to have many more contributions from IT professionals. Ralph was in charge of the email system at ABB and Roche, two of Europe’s largest businesses. He was also chairman of the user […]... read more »

Setting Archiving Strategy

How should you build a strategy to address corporate archiving? Here’s a task checklist I propose, to ensure you have all bases covered. Bob Spurzem Setting Archiving Strategy: A Nine-Step Plan Industry. What industry is your organization in and what regulations ( Fed, state, local) have impact?  Here you can rely on inside experts (legal or […]... read more »

Microsoft Exchange Server Not Going SQL Back End, for Now

According to this recent statement from Microsoft, Exchange Server 2010 will not move to a SQL back-end. This confirms that a possible port from the Extensible Storage Engine (ESE) to SQL has not simply been a rumor, while leaving the door open for future post-Exchange 2010 releases to use a SQL store. As noted in […]... read more »

Microsoft’s Approach to the Cloud

As we noted in our posting Cloud Computing – A Taxonomy, cloud computing can be delivered in three guises: As Public Services (PSs) hosted in large, multisite data centers, and delivered over the public Internet. As Virtual Private Services (VPSs) hosted in large, multisite, multitenanted data centers, and delivered securely over the public Internet. These […]... read more »

Cloud Computing – A Taxonomy

Cloud computing is becoming important for very massive messaging systems, such as Gmail and Microsoft Exchange Online. And there is no doubt that “cloud computing” is the IT industry’s latest “buzz” phrase, but what does it mean? At its simplest, it describes computing cycles delivered over the net. But how is this different from the […]... read more »

Microsoft’s Identity Roadmap: In the Cloud

In an earlier posting, I wrote about Microsoft Identity Roadmap. I now want to look at Microsoft’s cloud-based identity offerings in greater detail. These include: Microsoft Live Identity Services The Live Identity Framework (an SDK) The Microsoft Federation Gateway (a Live service) The .NET Access Control Service Microsoft Live Identity Services is a successor to […]... read more »

Microsoft’s Identity Roadmap: On-Premise

In an earlier posting, I wrote about the Microsoft Identity Roadmap. I now want to look at Microsoft’s on-premise identity offerings in greater detail. These include: The “Geneva” Server (the project name “Geneva” will almost certainly change) The “Geneva” Framework The Microsoft Services Connector Microsoft CardSpace “Geneva” The “Geneva” Server is in beta now and […]... read more »

Microsoft’s Identity Roadmap

In an earlier posting (Microsoft on Identity), I wrote about Kim Cameron’s work on identity. Cameron’s work has given rise to a truly open Microsoft Identity Architecture and a set of emerging Microsoft Identity products and toolkits that span the gamut from a browser, through the Windows desktop, to on-premise Windows Servers and on-premise third-party […]... read more »

Microsoft Innovates in the Identity Arena

Over the last couple of years, when acquaintances have moaned that Microsoft is primarily a copycat and not an innovator, I have pointed to the work of Kim Cameron as a primary counterexample. There are others. The products of Cameron’s innovation have been threefold. Two seminal papers: The “The Laws of Identity” The “Identity Metasystem,” […]... read more »

VoIP Doesn’t Work Over Low Bandwidth, Noisy Networks Such As GPRS

VoIP services designed for broadband Internet connections, such as Skype and Vonage, aren’t viable over GPRS links today: There is not enough bandwidth. In reality, users only achieve 1-2KB/sec data rates. This is much lower than the circa-96Kbit/sec data rates employed out of the box by these services Packet losses (and hence voice dropouts) are […]... read more »