Looking to exchange Exchange?
Joel Snyder tested six alternatives to Microsoft's Exchange 2007. OUr findings: the Exchange alternatives are adequate for midsized networks, but Exchange offers the most comprehensive set of features and management hooks for networks of all sizes. Page 22
GroupWise was NOT in this test. This surprised me greatly, as the Big Three mailers have always been Exchange, Notes, and GroupWise. Notes was also left out of this test. The online version already has a few comments regarding GroupWise, and Joel Snyder replied with this:
By Joel Snyder on Tue, 03/10/2009 - 10:09am.
Sorry, Groupwise fans, but Novell just didn't show up on our radar in the mid-size email business.
When you're looking at this space, Microsoft and Lotus together own 96% of the on-site mail service in businesses (the numbers that IDC, Ferris, and Radicati offer all vary a lot, but no one seems to give the non-MS/non-Lotus camp more than 10% total for everyone). Slicing up the remaining piece is a pretty difficult task, with lots of little players. While Groupwise used to be a major mover-and-shaker, there is no obvious "#3" in this business anymore.
It's clear that we've got a pile of Groupwise fans (why am I remembering the Windows vs. Netware war of about 10 years ago???) here, so maybe we should take a quick look at Groupwise and see how it stacks up.