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Microsoft Partners Vow Support for Exchange 2003

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Microsoft used its Tech Ed 2003 conference in Dallas
Monday to launch release candidate 1 (RC1) of its Exchange Server 2003
messaging server, and its partners quickly ponied up products to support

Hewlett-Packard , one of Microsoft’s oldest and closest
partners, was one of the first out of the gate, proclaiming that its HP
ProLiant servers are the platform of choice for Exchange Server 2003. HP
said that it can offer customers Exchange 2003 products that have been
tested by HP for configuration and performance, adding that its HP OpenView
software has Smart Plug-ins for Exchange, providing service-level
monitoring of the Exchange infrastructure.

Meanwhile, storage software provider Veritas Software
touted a new rapid recovery capability for Exchange environments.
Currently, the new capability only supports Exchange 2000 and Windows 2000
environments, though Veritas was quick to note that Exchange 2003 support,
including compatibility with the new Windows Server 2003 Volume Shadow Copy
Service interface, is planned for later this year.

Veritas Edition for Microsoft Exchange now boasts integration with Veritas
NetBackup and Veritas Backup Exec, offering off-host snapshot backup and
recovery. The three products are intended to optimize recovery time for
Exchange through point-in-time recovery from disk-based snapshots, as well
as recovery from archived tape backups in the event of a catastrophic
hardware failure or site disaster.

Veritas wasn’t the only one with backup support for Exchange. Computer
Associates International said its Unicenter Management for
Microsoft Exchange, BrightStor ARCserve Backup and BrightStor Enterprise
Backup will all support customers implementing Microsoft Exchange 2003 with
monitoring and data protection capabilities.

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Good Technology also got in on the game, noting
that it is collaborating with Microsoft to deliver support for its GoodLink
continuous two-way wireless synchronization system for Exchange Server
2003. GoodLink support will allow organizations to access Exchange-based
data through a range of handhelds, wireless networks and additional device
platforms. The GoodLink wireless information system allows Exchange users
to query Web-enabled data sources and get results wirelessly through
Exchange and GoodLink.

Five antivirus and antispam firms also reiterated their support for Exchange 2003, capitalizing on a new antispam tool in
Exchange and the virus-scanning application protocol interface (VSAPI) 2.5
to integrate their complementary offerings with the product.

Network Associates’ McAfee Security Division announced that it will launch betas of two products — McAfee GroupShield for Exchange and McAfee SpamKiller for Exchange Server 2003 Enterprise Edition — in the third quarter of 2003.

San Francisco-based Brightmail said its Anti-Spam Enterprise Edition now
supports Exchange 2003, and provides better filtering with fewer false

Not to be left out, Symantec unveiled Symantec Mail
Security for Microsoft Exchange, an integrated mail security package
consisting of content filtering, spam prevention and anti-virus protection.
Formerly known as Symantec AntiVirus/Filtering for Microsoft Exchange, the
product supports all third-party DNS-based Real-time Blacklists (RBLs),
filtering rules which utilize the company’s patented Dynamic Document
Review (DDR) heuristic technology to automatically block objectionable
content, and enhanced virus protection which purges mass mailer worms
before they reach end users and offers a proactive outbreak feature which
detects virus outbreaks in the early stages and automatically quarantines
suspicious messages.

GFI said its entire product range — including GFI MailSecurity (email
content security and antivirus protection), GFI MailEssentials
(server-based antispam) and GFI FAXmaker (fax server software) — now
supports Exchange Server 2003.

Finally, F-Secure said the latest version of its F-Secure Anti-Virus for
Microsoft Exchange now supports Exchange 2003, coupling multiple scanning
engines with automatic update services to protect networks against viruses,
malware and spyware. The product also offers content filtering, outbreak
management, reporting and alerting functions.

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