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Learn More About Domino Archive IBM Domino is a server platform on which IBM Notes, a client providing business functions such as email, calendars, contacts, instant messaging, discussion forums, file sharing and the like, resides. As such, they form a cooperative server-client software platform for business to conduct the aforementioned activities. Both were original developments of Lotus in the late 1980s which IBM purchased in 1995. In 2012, IBM announced the dropping of Lotus nomenclature in all products and refers to both the server and client as IBM Domino and Notes, respectively. However, since they reside together as a collaborative serverclient, the 2013 9.0 revision refers to the paired product as IBM Notes Social Edition, incorporating the Domino server without specific reference to it. The 9.0 revision is an improved technology based on a landmark release in 2008 of IBM XPages that offered IBM Notes features to be accessible to browsers with Notes without the necessity of alteration of the code, which was necessary in earlier editions of Notes paired with Domino. It has seamless processing capability with Java and JavaScript code. The Xpages launch also allowed users of (then) non-standard web browsing tools such as smart phones and tablets to display Notes data to browsers. Subsequent revisions of IBM Notes / Domino have maintained and improved this function. In earlier editions, Domino required specific web modifications to achieve the appearance of a seamless presentation of Notes applications when web browsing. The 9.0 revision takes this ability to new levels of efficiency, thus allowing Domino to continue its vital functions while remaining in the background. It also adds voice and video conferencing, a user-generated directory and web collaboration as seamless applications adding to the previous IBM Notes applications. Along with its server-provided necessities to IBM Notes, Domino also provides backup storage, archiving and retrieval of data, competitive with other providers such as Google, Microsoft, Symantec and others. The storage feature employed by Domino is a NoSQL formatted document database: .nsf (Notes Storage Facility). A .nsf file is capable of archiving both and application and its related data. This has particular functional relevance in a cluster of servers in scattered locations, providing complete interconnected redundancy at all locations on the client-server network. While Domino’s primary function is as a platform for Notes applications of email, calendaring, etc., it also has the capability of providing a platform for creating custom designed server-client applications, and allow these custom applications access to IBM Notes functions and vice-versa. However, specific to


development of custom applications as noted, if Java or JavaScript are employed in the development, some of the code will need to be Notes-only code. IBM offers toolkits (not part of the IBM Notes application) for instruction in these application development details. Specifically in use as an email client, the Domino server deploying Notes is an effective server-client for larger enterprises needing an efficient archive of email data. While Domino is a capable server platform for other email applications, because it is an integrated server-client with IBM Notes, many larger enterprises use the collaborative advantage that version 9.0 provides in order to maintain the integrity of an email archive.

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