Memories of ALL-in-1: Tony Redmond Recalls

Curator’s Note: Tony Redmond is Author of “ALL-IN-1: A Technical Odyssey” and “ALL-IN-1 V3.0: Managing and Programming” and for many years has been a highly regarded expert on Microsoft Exchange Server.  — David Sengupta My first exposure to enterprise email was in the form of CP/OSS in 1982. CP/OSS stood for the “Charlotte Package of […]... read more »

Control of Social Networks: What Are the Drivers?

There is growing interest in the control of the use of social networks, especially Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Vendors are responding with technology solutions. What are the main drivers for this interest? I suggest: Compliance. Financial services is the leading industry. Recent FINRA regulations have specifically identified social networks. Governmental bodies and energy utilities will […]... read more »

Who Puts a Lot of Information in Directories? (2005)

Who Puts a Lot of Information in Directories?... read more »

The Benefits of LDAP/X.500 Directories (2005)

The Benefits of LDAP/X.500 Directories... read more »

Telecoms Directories Need Exceptional Scalability

To support a common subscriber repository, Telecoms operators require an unusual directory that must scale in a way that most directories don’t. For example, a provider with 30 million customers might have a subscriber database with 110GB of data, that handles 70,000 transactions/second with a 40MB/second data thruput, with 10 ms reads and 15 ms […]... read more »

Good Example of Calendaring Interoperability

I was working with my email the other day, using my favorite email and calendar product, and I received an email invitation to a meeting. When I opened the email, my application "recognized" it as a calendar invite, and gave me the opportunity to accept, decline, delegate or recommend another date.  Sounds simple, right? Except […]... read more »

Teamspaces Workspace Clients Must be Web Browsers

Early teamspace products often had rich clients. But it’s clear that’s wrong. They must be web browsers. You want to be able to set up teamspaces at will. Often, you’ll want to do this with people that aren’t members of your organization. You won’t be able to make many assumptions about the workstations they’re using. […]... read more »

Why Directories are a Niche Technology

Directories were once viewed as a potentially general-purpose IT building block. In practice, they have never been used in this way. There are a variety of reasons for this. Directory vendors didn’t make directories either available or easily usable for this purpose. For example, Microsoft’s Active Directory until relatively recently (see Active Directory Application Mode […]... read more »

A Slow Death For Exchange Public Folders

At Microsoft’s TechEd Conference in Orlando in June 2005, and at TechEd Europe in July, Microsoft declared the beginning of the end for Exchange’s Public Folders. While they will remain a feature of the next version of Exchange called E12…... read more »