Cemaphore E-mail Tool Entices Google, Microsoft, EMC

Will anyone buy Cemaphore, which aims to let users synch between Outlook and Gmail and back up the data on Google's servers?

If Cemaphore Systems can successfully market a new product that lets users access their Outlook e-mail from Google's servers, the company could significantly boost its value to suitors interested in furthering their cloud computing ambitions.

MailShadow for Google, or MailShadowG, officially launched in beta on March 26. The product is targeted for businesses that want to not only let users access e-mail information from Microsoft Outlook and Exchange servers through Google's Gmail, but create a backup of that data.

Such a value proposition is sweet because it is cheaper and easier than trying to move Microsoft's venerable Exchange application to the cloud. Accessing Outlook information through Gmail while storing data on Google's servers could save companies a lot of money.

Cemaphore partners with Microsoft, EMC and now, Google. All three vendors have grand cloud ambitions. All three vendors could have an interest in buying the technology Cemaphore offers if customers take to MailShadowG.

Cemaphore founder and CEO Tyrone Pike acknowledged that Microsoft, EMC and Google could all be interested if the conditions are right. And, while most CEOs shy away from commenting, Pike reasoned that Google might be the most likely suitor for his company, based in San Mateo, Calif.

Pike told eWEEK Microsoft could easily build a technology for its Live Web mail service that leveraged Outlook. "It's all about their inclination to sell out the enterprise software a little bit to get some cloud business."

EMC, for whom Cemaphore provides caching technology for the company's Extender archiving product, appears to be the odd man out. While the company has purchased online storage provider Mozy, Pike said EMC is jumping into the cloud business because that's the thing of the moment.

Google, it seems, has the inside track. Pike said the company is "clearly driven by taking business from the enterprise" and could use Cemaphore's assets to make some inroads versus Microsoft's Outlook and Exchange, Pike argued.