Microsoft may finally get Exchange to work in SaaS environments?


Microsoft's Rajesh Jha, corporate vice president for Microsoft Office Live and Microsoft Exchange, stated that his group is working hard on finally getting Exchange Version 14 (!) to run properly in large-scale SaaS installations, according to an interview with TechCrunch.

Boy, that was about time after years of trying to sell Exchange through hosters and telcos - with limited success due to the inherit limitations of the decades old architecture of Exchange.  Read more ...

Sun buys Q-Layer, should create the "Open Cloud"


Sun has acquired Q-Layer, a Belgian company that provides automation tools for cloud offerings. In the ongoing battle for control of the cloud API this brings Sun one step closer to creating a unique "Open Cloud" eco-system.  Read more ...

Economies of Cloud Computing

clouds (from wikipedia)

In "Cloud computing: Will the financial geeks give it a boost?" ZDNet's Larry Dignan uses a recent Forrester report to help you explain the economies of SaaS / Cloud computing - to your CFO.

The economies of scale, the Open Source-ness, dedicated specialists, boilerplate hardware etc. enable service providers come out with SaaS offerings at competitive prices. Read more ...

Open Source and SaaS will be winners of the downturn

Scan from Garance A. Drosehn / (C) Supertramp /

"Wild times", as Likewise's Barry Crist starts his monthly newsletter "Open Source in Today's Economic Climate", we sure have. As all purses are being locked down we are happily creating the next recession ourselves, as usual. US VC firms are now famous for encouraging their portfolio companies to finally learn how to fire people (and how not to).

Can there winners of this crisis? Are there ways to avoid becoming a loser? Read more ...

The big migration - the barbarians are coming

Invasion of the Roman Empire, (C)

When the Romans finally lost the grip on the western world the big migration of the "Barbarian" tribes in Europe and western Asia began. The same seems to be going on in the software world with the disruption of "barbarian" Software-as-a-Service solutions replacing the existing ruling powers. Read more ...

Hosted eMail booming, especially with business users

Google Chrome Mock Up commented on Radicati's hosted eMail study with an article titled "Hosted e-mail seats will grow 40% by 2012...". Hosted eMail accounts grew from 1bn in 2006 to 1.6bn in 2008 and will be at 2.2bn in 2012 according to Radicati. Read more ...

Microsoft thinks SaaS is for the enterprise? Uh oh, may be they haven't figured it out, yet...

Enterprise requirements are too much for SaaS

We are having some fun here at the Parallels User Conference. Other than drinking too much with all the friends here, we also announced our partnership with Parallels about the integration of Open-Xchange into Parallels' automation and administration ecosystem. This will enable Service Providers to easily provision and sell OX based offerings to their customers. Read more ...

Is RedHat getting into the hosting business? They may have nothing to offer but...

Blood, Sweat and Tears.

Matt Asay has some intelligence on RedHat trying to enter the hosting market:

"If Red Hat can learn this space well, it may position the company to do more with Red Hat Exchange, allowing it to fully host open-source applications (and take a percentage of the revenue for its troubles). It could also set Red Hat up nicely to better grok and respond to the rise of specialized web companies like Google that currently have adopted Linux en masse...and pay Red Hat $0.00 for it."

There is certainly a business in the high-end dedicated server market for Enterprise Linux distros. I know some hosters that buy both RHEL and SLES. At least one of them bought all the SLES they could eat from the licence flood that came from the NOVL/MSFT deal.

For the mass market and real SaaS offerings I believe RedHat (and Novell for that matter) would first have to find a stack that they can sell. As Matt says, $0 from Google. And $0 from anybody else in the Hosting / Telco / SaaS space for enything below high-end dedicated hosting.

I remember this painfully from my SUSE days (2001-2003), these guys know how to do platform and ignore maintenance and support offerings from Linux, Database, Web Server, Systems Management etc. vendors. Professional Open Source Exploiters you could say. But when it comes to applications they want and need help.

Google bought a dozen or two companies in this space. Instead of buying companies right away most Telcos, Internet Service Providers, Hosters and Carriers rather buy the software from people like Drupal/Acquia, Open-Xchange or SugarCRM for cool SaaS offerings.

RHAT needs Apps!

Sharecropping? Not much left to be shared.


Google has made a few bold moves into the Platform as a Service (PaaS) and application API space recently. And, most notably the announcement of the cooperation rolls this strategy to the end users. As Tier1's Phil Shih phrases it: "Salesforce and Google go after SMB market more aggressively; hosters beware".

Matt Asay points out on his blog that Google may be at an inflection point of having to commit to either Open Standards or becoming evil after all. Ars Technica's Clint Ecker feels that the lock-in strategy is at full steam already, as he thinks that the PaaS move "... most blatant downside is being locked into Google's platform." Read more ...

SaaS - The Right Business Model for Open Source?

Buckminster Fuller at Time Magazine

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." ... Bucky Fuller once said.

You could say that this is the guiding principle for why OX does SaaS and Open Source. Read more at Enterprise Open Source Magazine...

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