Migration Blog

Last Updated on 2 June 2014, Total: 8 Blog Posts

Written by Nathaniel Borenstein, Chief Scientist at Mimecast, this blog discusses Email technology from start to finish-from interoperability to security to user needs to businesses processes and demands. His "Why is Email So Complicated?" series demystifies and illuminates the challenges of email migration and operation.

8 Dealing with Email Complexity
  1. Get Ready to Archive Everything

    Philosophers debate the degree to which our lives are governed by the so-called "technological imperative," as described by Daniel Chandler: The doctrine of the technological imperative is that because a particular technology means that we can do something (it is technically possible) then this action either ought to (as a moral imperative), must (as an operational requirement) or inevitably will... Read More

  2. Email Complexity and the March of Progress

    You don't need to go beyond a high school course in Physics to begin to understand the importance of entropy and complexity in everything from the fate of the cosmos to the smallest, most unimportant-seeming details of daily life. And, speaking of spam, the end of another year seems like as good a moment as any to step back and... Read More

  3. Easy Migration: An Added Benefit of Cloud-based Archiving

    Mimecast has been getting a lot of awards and recognition lately, and while I don't usually blog about such things, our latest award, for our Exchange Migration program, is worthy of some discussion. I'm often asked why we've put so much emphasis on assisting companies in their migration to Exchange 2010; it seems like at best a sideline to our... Read More

  4. Spam or Anonymity: We Don't Have to Choose

    With its new "Block 25" crackdown, South Korea has become the latest government to attack the spam problem with medicines worse than the disease. Unfortunately, while many may support this approach out of ignorance of the consequences, such mechanisms advance a much more pernicious desire for control shared by almost every government in the world. In all the talk about... Read More

  5. Why is Email So Complicated? Reason # 501: Human Communication is Absurdly Complex!

    In this series of blog posts -- which started on the Mimecast site before migrating here -- I've been writing primarily about the technical complexities that make email a much more interesting business than it seems at first glance. But some of the most daunting complications are not technical; email needs to support the complexity of social interaction in general... Read More

  6. An Underappreciated Email Pioneer: Einar Stefferud, 1930-2011

    Those of us who work with email every day rarely reflect on the people who created the technologies we take for granted. Today, we should make an exception. Not that many people will recognize the name of Einar Stefferud, but he was one of the great unsung pioneers of the Internet. I had the privilege of working with him closely... Read More

  7. Why Is Email So Complicated? Part 150: We Don't Know Who It's From

    A bell rings, or perhaps an annoying voice says "You've Got Mail." More often than not, the first question you ask is, "Who's It From?" How (or even if) you react to a message depends tremendously on who you think sent it. Unfortunately, it's almost impossible to know for sure. One of the reasons for the Internet's success -- and... Read More

  8. Why Is Email So Complicated? Part 101: There's Just Too Much Of It

    "Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space. Listen..." Douglas Adams When I tell people that I'm writing about why email is so complicated, the most common reaction is disbelief: "Email... Read More