Gordano closes in on Exchange
Enhanced messaging suite brings better management and polished featuresFollow @infoworld
The last time Oliver Rist and I looked at Gordano Messaging Suite, we were impressed enough to give it a Technology of the Year award for Best Exchange Killer Application of 2006. At the time we saw it as a system that, despite a little immaturity, had a great deal of potential and functionality.
Gordano has evolved well since our last look. Now in Version 12, the messaging server brings more polish, plus improved calendaring, smoother shared-folder operation, and the enhanced management capabilities.
Sticking to the lower-hardware requirements flaunted by the penguins, we tested GMS on a Pentium III Xeon 1.8GHz server with only 512MB RAM, running RedHat’s Fedora Core 5. One of the features that drew us to GMS is its proclaimed platform independence.
Unfortunately, our first attempt to install came to a halt because of some missing library files. As it turns out, newer versions of RedHat Enterprise Linux and Fedora require the installation of a package of lib compatibility files. After this, everything installed successfully. The product’s touted platform-independence does work as advertised.
Installing GMS proved simpler than did installing Exchange 2007 Beta. The process entails entering your domain name, then basically accepting default options for file locations, components to install, and port numbers. The above-mentioned lib compatibility issue not withstanding, it is a very simple procedure.
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You also can configure it with the GMS management Web interface; that requires an Active Directory account with permissions for LDAP queries.
New SNMP functionality allows for better management of the server using standard e-mail and network MIBs, as well as Gordano’s own MIBs. We obtained statistics from our GMS system using a simple PERL script, but it could be monitored by standard packages such as WhatsUp or HP OpenView. Gordano’s MIBs allow monitoring of server statistics such as mail store utilization and running processes.
Migration headache relief
One of our favorite functions from our previous GMS review is still worth highlighting: The Autoport function, which simplifies the usually arduous migration from Exchange. Having gone through many e-mail migrations, both in the InfoWorld testing real world, I can say authoritatively that Autoport is one of the best options out there for going from Exchange to anything else. The whole thing is configured through the GMS Web-based administration interface.