Linux answers some messaging challenges

Escaping enterprise messaging application and services lock-in isn't impossible, not if you exchange Exchange for Linux. So says Julie Hanna Farris, whose faith in Linux and open source software is so strong that she founded an alternative messaging solutions company, Scalix. Corp. And, as a new expert adviser for SearchEnterpriseLinux.com, she's also offering IT pros the benefit of her 15 years' experience as a messaging solutions pioneer.

Not only does the Linux platform offer choice and flexibility, it can deliver greater price-performance and higher levels of reliability at a fraction of the cost of proprietary systems, Farris said. In this installment of our interview, she elaborates on Linux's advantages over Exchange. In part two, she lists her favorite open source messaging tools. She also describes how to decide if Linux-based e-mail is right for your company.

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