Connect Xf has been designed to work with a wide variety of platforms and integrate easily with existing business systems to ease the automation of the business processes linked to collaboration.
Support for a wide variety of Platforms
Connect Xf is supported on the industry standard CentOS or Red Hat enterprise Linux environment. Mithi works on supporting the latest operating system platform as they become stable production releases. Connect Xf was designed to work on open and standard protocols and store data in standard well understood formats such as Maildir for mail data, LDAP for directory information, etc. to support easy integration with external backup solutions, external security gateways, varied mobile devices, desktop clients, etc.
Connect Xf can be deployed on Bare metal or Virtualized environments with ease, thus giving you the option to choose the most cost effective environment for your requirement.
Support for bi-directional connectors with other business applications
Connect Xf exposes web services and standard secure services to to allow business applications like portals, HRMS, ERP, CRMs to use the services of the collaboration solution. Common uses include accessing the directory of users over LDAP, treating the LDAP directory on Connect Xf as a central directory, using the email interface to dispatch alerts to users, providing a single sign on for the collaboration applications to the users of the corporate portal via an authentication connector and so on.
Co-exist with other mailing systems to create a hybrid solution
Connect Xf can comfortably co-exist with other mailing solutions like MS Exchange, Lotus Notes, etc to allow user mailboxes to be divided across the two systems, while maintaining the the same domain name, synchronized address books and replication of relevant properties to create a powerful option for cost saving without any compromise for special users on the system.
The co-existence comes in the form of a single point authentication to maintain a common password, seamless mail flow connectors and processes to maintain the address books in sync.
Open directory to support easy integration and distributed setups
Having an open standard directory based on LDAP (integrated LDAP directory holds the domain, user, group and contact information), allows flexible multi-server configurations within a single site or across distributed sites. This means that when more than one Connect Xf Server is deployed as a part of the solution architecture, the directory content has to be same across all the servers. This can be easily achieved by creating a single directory server such that all other servers use the LDAP service on it or setting the systems in a Master Slave farm to have the directory replicated across all slaves. This flexibility allows the solution designers the flexibility to define different topologies to best meet the requirements and available infrastructure.
Integrating with External directories like MS ADS, RHDS, etc
Typically most organizations have a central directory, which lists all the corporate resources and their properties, that includes the users' authentication credentials. Connect Xf can be configured to have all its services directly authenticate with this central directory over LDAP (single password the collaboration apps as well).
In addition, the external directory connector on Connect Xf can also periodically sync selected user attributes such as user personal information from the external central directory to be made available to the collaboration applications.
Secure Attachment Vault
The capability allows you to capture all inbound and outbound attachments into a central secure reliable storage (accessible via FTP) as an Asset repository. This frees up the user to freely create and exchange the documents, without worrying about securing them someplace.
Automatic remote backups for mail store and system data
A daily backup to a remote device/storage is the most important activity for the system to ensure a reliable setup. Connect Xf has built in tools to perform automatic backups of the configuration and system data to enable a server rebuild if required. Multiple such backup jobs can be scheduled during the day to take a system dump onto a defined media (tape, external storage or remote machine).
Connect Xf also has built in tools for backups of the mail data, which can be scheduled to take backups of the mail store of all or selected users onto the defined media. For incremental backups and more refined control over the mail store backup and restore process, Mithi recommends using a dedicated third party backup tool for the mail store. Since the mail is stored in a regular files and folder structure, most popular backups tools working on Linux, will easily integrate with Connect Xf.