A Self SupportingMessaging Platform usingZarafa and Red Hat SolutionsBy Ruud StroetIT Architect
Ruud Stroet – IT Architect – PLUS Retail                                            Master of                             ...
Outline• Introduction PLUS Retail• Business & IT requirements• Integration overview• Things to consider• Design Self Suppo...
PLUS Retail• Supermarket chain in the Netherlands• 269 supermarkets with 229 independent entrepreneurs• 6 distribution cen...
IT LandscapeInformation System Environment:• Centralized & mostly web based• Twin data centers connected at OSI Layer 2• U...
The as-is situation for the Shops• Based on a implementation in 1999• Each shop has a few email accounts• No calendar func...
Functional Requirements• Mailbox access by:  – Intern webmail from PLUS Web Portal with SSO  – Public by Access Gateway Po...
Functional Requirements• Generic Shop Mailbox  – Default a logic email address  – Define own alias addresses  – Give right...
Non Functional Requirements• High Availability Fail Over within minutes• Without data loss• Fail Over System equal to prod...
Things to consider• Lower IT administer for configuring  – How to handle difficult IT Stuff  – Manageability of email addr...
Zarafa High Available in PLUS Private Cloud
Infrastructure Architecture• Zarafa Application Server active on node 1• Archive Server active on node 2• Users are defaul...
Flow• Creating a Shop                    – trigger from ERP System• Define all Shop generic settings   – Self Supporting M...
Self Supporting Portal• Shop owner manages mailboxes for employees                                               14
Self Supporting Portal• Link login user account with employee from HRM system – Unique ID => Citizen Service Number – Emai...
Self Supporting Portal• Confirmation display name & email address                                              16
Self Supporting Portal                         17
Self Supporting Portal• Role Based Distribution Groups                                   18
Migration before the ‘big bang’• Zarafa Migration tool to import pst files• Assign old email addresses to someone• Deploy ...
Conclusions• All functional requirements covered• Open source offers the possibility for better integration• Good support ...
Modern Webclients can fully replace Outlook
Advanced communications: web meetings                                  Titel van de presentatie | 22
Connected via Chat and Facebook
Questions            PLUS Retail            Ruud Stroet            rstroet@plusretail.nl            www.zarafa.com
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This presentation will focus on, how Zarafa will be integrated in the existing PLUS Infrastructure-as-a-Service and how management of the application can be deferred completely to the local independent entrepreneur.
Zarafa is the European open source replacement for Microsoft Exchange.
Consider you don’t want IT administering to configure your messaging platform? What should be done?
The roll out for our shops will take place in January 2012.

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A Self Supporting Messaging Platform using Zarafa

  1. 1. A Self SupportingMessaging Platform usingZarafa and Red Hat SolutionsBy Ruud StroetIT Architect
  2. 2. Ruud Stroet – IT Architect – PLUS Retail Master of Informatics @rstroet 2
  3. 3. Outline• Introduction PLUS Retail• Business & IT requirements• Integration overview• Things to consider• Design Self Supporting Portal• Migration• Conclusion• Q&A
  4. 4. PLUS Retail• Supermarket chain in the Netherlands• 269 supermarkets with 229 independent entrepreneurs• 6 distribution centers• 800 FTE’s at HQ + DC• € 1.86 billion consumer turnover• 6% market share• PLUS ambition: To be the best service-oriented supermarket in the Netherlands in 2012
  5. 5. IT LandscapeInformation System Environment:• Centralized & mostly web based• Twin data centers connected at OSI Layer 2• Unix, Linux & Microsoft Virtualized (OTAP)• Infrastructure as a Service• Outsourcing based on specializationWorkspace Environment:• Virtual desktop & application virtualization• Fat clients in the shops
  6. 6. The as-is situation for the Shops• Based on a implementation in 1999• Each shop has a few email accounts• No calendar functionality• Mailbox access only with Outlook at fat client in the shop• No smart phones or Webmail access
  7. 7. Functional Requirements• Mailbox access by: – Intern webmail from PLUS Web Portal with SSO – Public by Access Gateway Portal – Office Outlook @ store desktop – Smart phones (ActiveSync only) – Not for BlackBerry devices• Dynamic distribution list based on user profile/role• Delegated management for assigning email functionality by Shop Owner• Consistency of email addresses• Address book synchronizing from and to AD• Introduce new email domain @plus.nl
  8. 8. Functional Requirements• Generic Shop Mailbox – Default a logic email address – Define own alias addresses – Give rights on mailbox – Give send as privileges• Single User Account – Suppose user has multi stores – One User Environment (GUI) – One mailbox for each store – Automatic assignment of multi mailboxes 8
  9. 9. Non Functional Requirements• High Availability Fail Over within minutes• Without data loss• Fail Over System equal to production system• Time to recover below 4 hours at DR• Proven technology• Retention period 30 days• No brick level backup• Storage Primary Mailbox 1GB• Storage Archive Mailbox 4GB• Private Cloud hosting• Zarafa Service Outsourced 9
  10. 10. Things to consider• Lower IT administer for configuring – How to handle difficult IT Stuff – Manageability of email addresses• Email convention – 16.250 employees – 95% first choice convention – 5 users none of the 4 choices possible – Special characters, Space between last names – Special names (black list)
  11. 11. Zarafa High Available in PLUS Private Cloud
  12. 12. Infrastructure Architecture• Zarafa Application Server active on node 1• Archive Server active on node 2• Users are default homed to node 1 by create• Automatic archiving emails after 3 months• Multiple Webservers• Webmail embedded in PLUS Web with SSO• Events directly inserted a call in the Support Desk Application• Install a test environment
  13. 13. Flow• Creating a Shop – trigger from ERP System• Define all Shop generic settings – Self Supporting Module• Create the Shop mailbox – Self Supporting Module• Give Shop Owner Authorization for Self Supporting Portal• Shop Owner has administration rights for creating Zarafa Accounts• HRM System (employee information)• Shop Owner creates a Zarafa account for HRM employee – Display name & Email address will be generated 13
  14. 14. Self Supporting Portal• Shop owner manages mailboxes for employees 14
  15. 15. Self Supporting Portal• Link login user account with employee from HRM system – Unique ID => Citizen Service Number – Email address Titel van de presentatie | 15
  16. 16. Self Supporting Portal• Confirmation display name & email address 16
  17. 17. Self Supporting Portal 17
  18. 18. Self Supporting Portal• Role Based Distribution Groups 18
  19. 19. Migration before the ‘big bang’• Zarafa Migration tool to import pst files• Assign old email addresses to someone• Deploy Zarafa Client Software• Create new Outlook profiles 19
  20. 20. Conclusions• All functional requirements covered• Open source offers the possibility for better integration• Good support from Suppliers and Integrators• Zarafa is more than a messaging platform because….. 20
  21. 21. Modern Webclients can fully replace Outlook
  22. 22. Advanced communications: web meetings Titel van de presentatie | 22
  23. 23. Connected via Chat and Facebook
  24. 24. Questions PLUS Retail Ruud Stroet rstroet@plusretail.nl www.zarafa.com

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