Idea ID 2703765
GMS came to be as a happy accident. An anything-to-anything synchronizer could also be used to sync Activesync devices to GroupWise using a hub database and adding a GroupWise connector and a Mobility (Activesync) connector. However, the days of "hey look! I have mail on my phone!" have given way to "I need mail on my phone!" and so many of the ideas in this portal can be solved by taking the current GMS code, stripping out the database part and going straight from GW to Activesync, much like the WebAccess application talks directly to SOAP. This would eliminate database maintenance, storage limitations, sync limitations, and every device would see the live GW mailbox at all times. Exchange does it like this -- it's a connector you switch on and off, like MAPI, Outlook Web Access and so on. When moving users into GroupWise or doing large-volume operations on a mailbox, the current GMS design causes an immense slowdown to the whole GMS server. Implementing GMS as a connector, much like WebAccess is now would solve many problems. It would enable easy Disaster Recovery (just turn it on in the DR post office) It would allow synchronization on a per user basis - any amount of the PO. It would allow searches of the live mailbox. It would allow sync of any address books. It could even allow for proxy access. PLUS It can enable Outlook as a client. It can enable Mac based Activesync client. This should be the next thrust of effort in GMS, IMO.
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