Email, SaaS and Clouds

    “Because of the unfinished nail, they lost a horseshoe;
    lost a horseshoe - lost a horse;
    lost a horse - did not deliver a report;
    they didn’t deliver a report - they lost the war. ”

    Many people write about users who do not want to use the“ corporate ”mail system. With perseverance worthy of a better application, people continue to use free mailboxes or, as it is now becoming fashionable, personal messaging services in popular social networks. networks. A case in point is the website, where you can see how many official state institutions of Russia use free mail so densely that they don’t even have the idea to indicate a corporate email address (if any). According to statistics published by Ivan Begtin , it turns out as much as 22.5%. What pushes people to such behavior? Is there any reasonable explanation for this, or is it simply the lack of money, lack of money and laziness that are to blame?

    The flow of spam, breaking through all kinds of barriers, noisy statistical filters, using hacked accounts of living people in normal mail systems for distribution, led to the fact that anti-spam measures were taken almost everywhere, somewhere by the forces of its own it-units, somewhere outsourced to specialized companies, but somewhere a commercial “turnkey” solution was simply introduced. They are related by the fact that administrators can check (and check) the performance of their mail system on the top ten of the most popular domains and directions used in vip-correspondence. And that’s all. And what will happen if neither the sender nor the recipient were “rehearsed” on the system filters in advance? Currently, the interaction pattern of mail systems is such that neither users, neither administrators of mail systems can be sure of the passage of letters anywhere, except for a few of the most popular, and, therefore, tested directions, and then not all the time. Any letter that satisfies two simple conditions will most likely not be delivered. The first - the letter should not be sent through the popular free mail service (or SaaS service of a large company) and the second - the letter should not be sent to the popular free mail service (or SaaS service of a large company), a good aggravating condition would be if the company has an internal mail turnover is greater than external.

    At the same time, despite the RFC and the practice that has developed over the years, the ordinary administrator of a small mail server does not have any guarantees that his system letters will not be wrapped by that party because they just want to. The biggest benefits from the current situation are currently getting large SaaS providers that provide cloud-based email services. An extensive commercial network based on the free mail systems of these companies is covered by a subscriber base of millions and sometimes hundreds of millions of users. Thanks to this, the email will reach. Thus, it turns out that a medium-sized company does not have that much choice when using a mail solution, especially considering that it would be nice to add gooogle postini ($ 15 per person) or something similar to the cost of the local exchange server ($ 700 at once + $ 70 per person). Small companies immediately go to Yandex for the domain (1000 mailboxes at once, then on request), and very large companies immediately take SaaS with a clear SLA ($ 50 / year per user from google) or put on IronPort perimeter, in principle, they don’t give a damn about their correspondents.

    So it turns out that users who still need to "go, not checkers" if the company spent money on licenses and hardware for the server, but did not connect its mail service to one of the "big brothers" (due to savings, policies oragization, confidentiality conditions or 152-ФЗ), after several unsuccessful attempts to communicate through fenced corporate servers, they quietly use free services without thinking about commercial secrets or the consequences of withdrawing the mailbox.

    What is this if not the slow death of the current peer-to-peer mail network in the form in which we are all accustomed to it? Let's see how soon a corporate facebook account will become an integral part of our life.

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