[LUNI] Packaged email/collaboration software
greg at neumarke.net
Wed Dec 1 19:09:54 CST 2010
On 12/1/2010 5:06 PM, rich wrote:
> Along the lines of the "mail server question" discussion, I would like
> to know what are people's experience with, or opinions on, packaged
> in-house email/collaboration systems? In particular, alternatives to
> Microsoft Exchange that run on Linux. I have done some research on
> packagessuchas Zimbra, IceWarp, Kerio, Citadel and Gordano but it
> would help to talk to people who have had experience with products
> like these.
> I am not a computer programmer - I work in a small company (15 in the
> office) and I have been interested in employing alternative/open
> source type software in our business when possible. We run our file
> server on a Linux OS and have had no problems.
> We presently have our email hosted through Cbeyond which we access
> through a POP server. Some people use Outlook, some use Thunderbird
> as their email clients. Some of the people here use Blackberry's but
> not with the Enterprise Server. I am looking at the possibility of
> hosting our email in house with a package that would include
> calendaring, global contacts, synchronization with mobile devices
> (maybe with Andriod phones?)...
> We work with an IT company that knows Linux systems well but they are
> only familiar with Exchange and Zimbra. I know that this was briefly
> discussed in January but only in regards to basic email server needs.
> Any feedback I can get would be greatly appreciated.
> Rich Raffin
I would add Alfresco to your list of systems to evaluate.
More of a collaboration/document management system than e-mail - similar
in functionality to Sharepoint.
Consider Google Apps for e-mail and calendaring. Consider too the
headache of dealing with spam or long-term archiving on your own system
as opposed to letting someone like Google or Postini (now owned by
Google) handle it.
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