CenterBeam Collaboration Suite to Compete with Office 365?
CenterBeam, a hosted IT services company, has officially released CenterBeam 365+ — a suite of cloud applications and SaaS offerings for mid-sized enterprises. It sounds like CenterBeam is trying to compete directly with Microsoft Office 365.
Indeed, CenterBeam’s suite includes Microsoft Office Web Apps, Microsoft SharePoint, Microsoft Lync and Microsoft Exchange. CenterBeam points out that its solution includes all of the on-premise administration, application, client access and compliance and archiving Microsoft Exchange features, whereas Microsoft’s own Exchange Online does not.
“With CenterBeam 365+, our customers don’t have to compromise,” CenterBeam President and CEO Dr. A. Kevin Francis said in a prepared statement. “They can move to the cloud. But with the assurance they’ll still have the features, security or business policies to which they have been accustomed.” CenterBeam 365+ also includes around the clock back-end support via CenterBeam’s North American customer care team.
CenterBeam has been offering multi-tenant hosted Exchange since 1999. With its new collaboration suite, CenterBeam is trying to offer enterprise clients three main capabilities: flexibility, access to the cloud and high-level security for on-premise Exchange.
One of the company’s biggest selling points is that the new solution does not require clients to upgrade or implement any new applications. CenterBeam 365+ supports PST files and Microsoft Outlook 2003, so it can be integrated into a wide range of environments. In total, the CenterBeam 365+ collaboration suite delivers 17 on-premise features of Microsoft Exchange into the cloud. We’ll monitor how this new collaboration suite does against Microsoft Office 365 in the long-term, and whether Microsoft fires back.