Azaleos Launching Managed SharePoint 2010 Services

Some chatter from the managed messaging and collaboration market: Azaleos is updating their managed Microsoft SharePoint services next week to include the 2010 version of the popular collaboration platform -- and they’re launching alongside a new managed file transfer (MFT) service that reduces bandwidth and storage burdens on large Microsoft Exchange attachments. Here’s the scoop.

In addition to the kind of 24/7 monitoring you’d expect from their past solutions, Azaleos Managed SharePoint 2010 Service introduces a customized and extended SharePoint Health Analyzer, new PowerShell support for easier account automation, and a better monitoring system, according to the press release.

The add-on AttachIT managed attachment system is a new solution deployed via an Outlook client plug-in, and it requires a connection to SharePoint 2010 and a storage system of your choice to boot. Any attachment in excess of a file size you set gets routed through SharePoint to your storage system, saving on bandwidth and helping make sure end-users don’t run out of hard drive space.

Both Azaleos Managed SharePoint 2010 Service and AttachIT will be available starting on Monday (May 10, 2010), for a starting price of $8/user/month and $4/user/month respectively.

SharePoint remains a fast-growing business for Microsoft and many of the company's solutions providers. Last year Microsoft's SharePoint revenues pushed beyond $1 billion. Still, rival offerings are emerging -- including everything from Alfresco's open source content management system to the file sharing service.

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