We started out building Kerio Workspace as an alternative for SharePoint, and we did it our traditional way, as a standalone, on-prem product. During the past two years, however, we've learned three very important lessons:
- The cloud is disrupting all of our businesses far faster and more comprehensively than we imagined could happen several years ago.
- The long-term vision and opportunity for social collaboration products is very interesting, compelling and potentially disruptive across multiple product categories, from file sharing to social and email, to voice and video, perhaps more.
- A number of companies have popped up to offer cloud file sharing, but they are not addressing the problem in totality.
In short, the market for business collaboration tools has changed. Users are demanding flexible and easily adopted cloud based services, featuring continuous improvements, elastic capacity and pay as you go pricing.
We were faced with a difficult decision, one that some of you may not agree with. Instead of trying to support two products - one for on-premise installations and one for the cloud - we chose to focus our efforts on building the best cloud platform possible, and we named it Samepage. With Samepage, we have an opportunity to truly change the way people work, and to change the world. We did this knowing that it would be a disappointment to some of our Workspace customers.
When we made this decision, we also decided to take a number of steps to mitigate the impact:
- We would finish development of and ship Kerio Workspace 2.1, which is functionally equivalent to Samepage.
- We would extend all software maintenance contracts for Kerio Workspace through the EOL in January 2014.
- We would extend a free Samepage premium plan free service through the original life of the software maintenance license, to any customers wishing to migrate.
Despite almost identical user interface, the internal architecture of Samepage and Kerio Workspace is completely different. Workspace is built as a monolithic server application designed for a single company, whereas Samepage is architected to be a massively scalable and distributed platform. Databases are different, service monitors are different, file storage systems are different... just about everything under the hood is different. And the differences between the two products are expected to increase even more dramatically in the months ahead.
If you liked Kerio Workspace, take a look at Samepage.io, a cloud-based business collaboration platform that connects people with projects, conversations and files, so that everybody is always on the "same page."
I look forward to your thoughts and feedback.