When we originally came up with the concept of LiveArchive in 2003 we were worried about a world in which on-premise servers would go offline for maintenance and users would be stuck with web access only. With the client base that lacked technical sophistication and limited mobility, the choice to go with Microsoft Exchange was a natural one: no need to retrain, adapt to a new user interface, etc.
Times have changed – a lot: Every user now has a mobile device either personal or one issued by the business. The user base is far more tech savvy – the need for an Exchange OWA interface is just not materially beneficial anymore. Finally, with Microsoft changing their user interface rapidly (and escalating to one per year) given the recent dissatisfaction with Exchange 2013 and Office 2013 – we have been left to address the concerns of our users by ourselves.
So we asked: What is important when your servers go down?
Email is the critical component. Bar none.
But it’s more complex than just email. Business continuity is far more than just being able to continue sending and receiving mail. In 2013 your mailbox is the central filing cabinet for all of your contacts, tasks, meetings, appointments, notes and so on. The digital life is more complex today.
To meet that level of complexity, LiveArchive needs to take a step forward and address these emerging needs for a more fault tolerant – resilient infrastructure.
Namely: The next generation of LiveArchive that we are currently developing is not Microsoft based. We are powering the backend with Linux, iCal, Webmail and our own Shockey Monkey IP. What we will be delivering to you will be a full standby system: Your access to calendars, contacts, email and everything else will be just a swipe away: On your iPhone, Android, any phone with a browser and even a PC.
We are currently developing this and seeking any/all feedback you can give us. By all means, please reach out. The experience we aim for is a transparent one: our IT Solution Providers will install the ghost profile on the PC or mobile device giving you secure IMAP/POP3 access to your email along with an app that contains calendars, tasks and other sync items by default. When things blow up just turn the app on and everything continues as it should.
Will you be forced to move from our existing Exchange 2010 LiveArchive? Not at all. However, we will make a seamless migration process so you can quickly move it to a feature rich failover protocol.
This is a core business need: Stuff will break and when it does it makes sense to spend a few cents a month on a contingency plan. If the contingency plan can run the whole enterprise it would be ridiculous not to implement it: So we’re making it easy to budget, easy to implement and easy to use.
Help us build it!