SharePoint-like Document Management with Exchange Server Alternative

All right, where are all those people who have been complaining about what a headache Microsoft Exchange Server has become to run? You know, all those server roles to figure out; expensive, 64-bit hardware; unfathomable licensing terms. And the cloud just isn't secure or reliable enough for you to trust with something as important as your company's messaging system, right? So have you investigated the host of Exchange alternatives that are out there?

Well, here's one that's definitely worth a look: Gordano Messaging Suite. GMS is a full-featured mail server with a much lower price point than Exchange Server—and with the release this week of GMS 17, the company adds integrated document management to the mix, which might effectively remove any need for you to deploy and manage SharePoint.

The document management feature has drag-and-drop integration with email through the web mail interface. It includes the ability to store, edit, and share documents. You can also easily set permissions and change notifications, and track revision history. And all these new capabilities are being added to GMS at no additional charge—this isn't a module or add-on; it's part of the standard product.

Gordano has tried to make GMS as easy to install and manage as possible. Each version has had an in-place upgrade to the next—something noticeably lacking from recent Exchange updates. Also, GMS runs on 32-bit hardware. As John Stannners, managing director for Gordano, said, "64-bit is something we have on our roadmap, but we're not seeing any customer pressure to move to 64-bit at this point in time, so we've decided to just leave things the way they are for now. Microsoft got a lot of grief by forcing people to 64-bit." You got that right!

GMS is a multi-platform mail server (runs on Windows, Linux, Solaris, and AIX). Gordano provides a web mail interface, and GMS integrates easily with most desktop mail clients, including Microsoft Office Outlook, of course. I've written about GMS previously; check out  this article for more details about the product. Or you can visit Gordano's website.

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Mailgeek (not verified)
on Apr 9, 2010
Well... Not quite. This is not part of the "standard" Gordano package. Gordano licenses every piece of their product one module at a time. You buy the Gordano Mail server which gets you SMTP/POP3/IMAP. Then you have to buy anti-spam if you don't want spammed. Then you have to buy GMS Collaboration if you want to share company calendars, contacts, and documents. To share documents you also have to have GMS Webmail. Here's how it might break down, retail prices mind you, for 50 users:

Basic POP3/IMAP/SMTPServer $688
Webmail $688
Antispam $420
Collaboration $1350
Calendaring $350
Support (8x5 M-F) is 25% of the value of the products you own

So you might have $3500 in the suite and just under $900 in support. Support gets you all updates and upgrades for the year so each year to stay current you would pay about $900.

Also, there's no spell check for Webmail so it's another $630 and then only for IE (they don't list a spell checker option for Firefox, Chrome, etc...). So for a business where misspelled words would be unprofessional, you're really up to $5000 for 50 users, or about $100/user, about $1000 to start more expensive than a 50 user seat of Exchange Standard.

I can tell you as a long time (15 years) administrator of this product that it's very administrator friendly, much simpler to handle than Exchange with far fewer problems. It will run on much less hardware than Exchange, but their claims that there is no demand for native x64 support are incorrect too. No hardware made in the past few years is only 32-bit but Gordano is very slow to change. That can be very good for stability but doesn't bode well for innovation.

One thing that shouldn't be left out here, Gordano is the master at running dozens or hundreds of totally different domains, even on a single IP address! Try that with Exchange.

I'm not putting down GMS, just making sure people know all they need to before they make a decision. In the end, GMS is solid, reliable, very fast on much less hardware, but depending on your size, cost is similar, and Gordano tends to be slow to innovate, rather taking the safe road to maintain stability and reliability.


















Mailgeek (not verified)
on Apr 9, 2010
Well... Not quite. This is not part of the "standard" Gordano package. Gordano licenses every piece of their product one module at a time. You buy the Gordano Mail server which gets you SMTP/POP3/IMAP. Then you have to buy anti-spam if you don't want spammed. Then you have to buy GMS Collaboration if you want to share company calendars, contacts, and documents. To share documents you also have to have GMS Webmail. Here's how it might break down, retail prices mind you, for 50 users:

Basic POP3/IMAP/SMTPServer $688
Webmail $688
Antispam $420
Collaboration $1350
Calendaring $350
Support (8x5 M-F) is 25% of the value of the products you own

So you might have $3500 in the suite and just under $900 in support. Support gets you all updates and upgrades for the year so each year to stay current you would pay about $900.

Also, there's no spell check for Webmail so it's another $630 and then only for IE (they don't list a spell checker option for Firefox, Chrome, etc...). So for a business where misspelled words would be unprofessional, you're really up to $5000 for 50 users, or about $100/user, about $1000 to start more expensive than a 50 user seat of Exchange Standard.

I can tell you as a long time (15 years) administrator of this product that it's very administrator friendly, much simpler to handle than Exchange with far fewer problems. It will run on much less hardware than Exchange, but their claims that there is no demand for native x64 support are incorrect too. No hardware made in the past few years is only 32-bit but Gordano is very slow to change. That can be very good for stability but doesn't bode well for innovation.

One thing that shouldn't be left out here, Gordano is the master at running dozens or hundreds of totally different domains, even on a single IP address! Try that with Exchange.

I'm not putting down GMS, just making sure people know all they need to before they make a decision. In the end, GMS is solid, reliable, very fast on much less hardware, but depending on your size, cost is similar, and Gordano tends to be slow to innovate, rather taking the safe road to maintain stability and reliability.


















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