Exchange Alternative

By John Rizzo  |  Posted 2005-01-13 Print this article Print

Stalker Software announced CommuniGate Pro 5.0, another cross-platform alternative to Microsoft Exchange. The new version will add support of Microsoft Entourage to access the server. Windows users currently can use Outlook to access the server, which is available for 30 different platforms. The current Mac version allows clients to use Mac OS X Mail and iCal for e-mail and calendaring. A Real-Time Communications version will support VOIP (voice over IP). Stalker expects to ship CommuniGate Pro 5 this spring.
CryptoCard demonstrated a preview version of single log-on support for Mac OS X with the Crypto-Server authentication server.
Crypto-Server uses an ATM-style protocol to provide the user with a single log-on for computer access. The system works with Kerberos authentication, but adds another layer of authentication at the operating system. CryptoCards logon technology will be integrated into the Mac OS X Keychain and will replace the standard Mac log-on screen. The system will support Panthers Fast User Switching, so that multiple users can be logged on at the same time using different, authenticated tokens. Crypto-Server creates a unique, encrypted password every time the user logs on. Users must insert a smart card similar to an ATM card into a card reader before entering a PIN. CryptoCard offers a variety of card readers. Removing the card ends the authenticated session, locking out other users. The system plugs into Windows ISS and allows Panthers Apples Active Directory plug-in to join the Windows domain. Crypto-Server also works with Cisco and Apple virtual private networks, as well as providing secure Web access. Microsoft is prepping more Exchange ties for its Mac office suite. Click here for more. The system currently supports Windows clients. CryptoCard will release the single log-on support for Mac OS X in April with version 6.3. Red Hat Linux support is planned for February. BakBone Software announced that its NetVault 7 server-backup and data-protection solution now supports Apples Xsan. NetVault first began running on Mac servers last August. In addition to running on a variety of Windows and Unix platforms, NetVault runs on Xserve and Xserve RAID. The company said the system uses the same user interface on all of the supported platforms. NetVault has a modular structure that provides policy management, triggers and reporting in a variety of data-protection strategies. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on Apple in the enterprise.


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