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Cisco Throws Cold Water on Cloud Mail

I was surprised to hear that Cisco had a cloud-based e-mail service that debuted, at least in a test version, last winter. Perhaps that distinct lack of buzz is why Cisco decided that instead of seeding the cloud market with this service, it would blow it out of the sky.

Cisco isn't blaming the product. Instead, it got a bit of a reality check from customers. Apparently, there are so many solid choices for hosted e-mail that customers just weren't interested in a brand-new, unproven offering. I'm not sure if Google, Lotus and Microsoft exactly breathed a sigh of relief, but they should be pleased that Cisco will help its cloud mail testers migrate to the more established players.

Are you looking at or using hosted e-mail? Share the skinny at dbarney@1105media.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 02/28/2011 at 12:47 PM


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