Despite the advent of social media and the accessibility of instant messaging applications, email remains the leading communication channel for businesses. In 2019, 293 billion emails are being exchanged every day (not counting spam) and this volume continues to grow. A French internet user receives about forty emails a day, on average, and often has more than one address. This accumulation of messages is not without its problems, especially since most users have abandoned local storage of their emails and keep them on the mail servers so they can be accessed from any device.
Email storage: a historical specialty of OpenIO
Messaging providers, of which the ISPs have long been foremost, first encountered a technical and economic challenge: how to store this growing volume of (small) files, accessed frequently, without exploding infrastructure costs?
In the 2000s, in order to meet this challenge the technical solution emerged which was to become OpenIO, after its core was made open source. Within a large ESN which had the main French telco operators, the current OpenIO team has developed high-performance defined storage software, based on object storage and able to scale massively and use standard (x86) servers while the market for storage was still dominated by appliances.
With this solution, which has hosted up to 45 million mailboxes and cloud storage spaces that were regularly associated with ISPs (for a total of around 15 PB of data), the telco operators have achieved substantial savings while increasing their service quality.
A Zimbra + OpenIO offer integrated by BeeZim: collaborative open source messaging made accessible
This storage technology, long the preserve of large operators, is now accessible to as many as possible, thanks to the expertise of BeeZim, which has developed an offering that integrates the OpenIO storage technology and the Zimbra collaborative messaging platform, which has successively belonged to Yahoo!, VMware and Telligent Systems, before being purchased in 2015 by the publisher Synacor. This has given a serious boost to this open source clone of Microsoft Outlook.
BeeZim, which since 2012 has developed expertise in the Zimbra and OpenIO open source solutions, thus provides integration, deployment and support for this offer, which provides the advantage of an on-premises or hosted collaborative messaging platform.
In addition, Beezim also supports migration from the old messaging solution, to provide seamless service continuity.