I was at GWAVACon Las Vegas this week when this article hit the news wire. Check out this link…
The entire crowd at the conference was not at all surprised at this “techical snafu” As seasoned and experienced Network Administrators, consultants, resellers and support engineers – they know how mission critical email is in their organizations and have come to rely on the stability of GroupWise.
A few quotes that have been posted on the Novell web site recently, I will repeat here:
Our company has had an accumulated post office downtime of 90 minutes in 20 years!
– Steve Tucker, RBF Consulting, United States
Overall, we have never lost any e-mails and our availability has been an average of 99.9 percent available monthly.
– Karen Migliarini, City of Toronto, Canada
In our 10 years of using GroupWise, it has never once become corrupt, suffered downtime or have we been disappointed.
– Roger Anderson, Aerospace Distributors, United States
I even liked the fact that they completely misunderstand the technology… Check out this quote…
“Both outgoing and incoming mail are out, the result, an aide explained, of an outage with the Outlook server. The aide said the outage goes beyond the press shop. The first lady’s office is also without e-mail, as are other offices.”…. Outlook Server
GroupWise has the best record in the industry as it relates to unplanned downtime, reliability, outages and ‘technical snafus’. As I spoke with several people at GWAVACon, it was confirmed just how solid this product and infrastructure have become. The engineering team is committed to measurable quality control with each successive release of the family of products. GroupWise, Teaming, Conferencing, Messenger, etc.
This is a great article to share with your colleagues using Exchange or considering an Exchange deployment, upgrade or migration. Is this the kind of risk they are willing to take?
By the way – if you missed GWAVACon – you really missed out! It is a fantastic conference to meet colleagues and members of the GroupWise and T+C Community, get technical knowledge and find solutions from the active and growing partner community. Check out gwavacon.com for upcoming events that may be in your area. Richard Bliss did announce several more conferences this year including one in the UK, Germany and on the US East Coast.
Juan Carlos Cerrutti really gave an exceptional keynote and explained the strategic nature of collaboration in the overall Novell Business vision. There were also 3 analysts who attended and who cover the collaboration space. They each expressed a very positive response to GroupWise, the community, the conference and the future for Novell Collaboration. There are lots of things to be excited about for 2009!