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Reasons to migrate to Exchange 2010

An upgrade to a modern, improved version of Exchange is now becoming crucial because standard support for the 2003 version ended more than a year ago, and much technological progress has been made since then.

This are the top reasons why your organization should consider migrate to Exchange 2010:

*  Continuous replication

Research shows that companies lose up to $10,000 an hour to email downtime. This version of Exchange enables continuous replication of data, which can minimize disruptions dramatically and spare organizations from such loss. Furthermore, Microsoft reckons the costs of deploying Exchange 2010 can be recouped within six months thanks in part to the improvements in business continuity.

* Virtualization

Exchange 2010 supports virtualization, allowing consolidation. Server virtualization not only a cuts costs by lowering the expenses for maintenance, support staff, power, cooling, and space but it also improves business continuity.

* Cost savings on storage

According to Microsoft, Exchange 2010 has 70% less disk input/output than Exchange 2007. For this reason, the firm recommends companies to move away from SAN storage solutions and adopt less expensive storage.

* Higher Availability

The technology built in Exchange 2010 for the continuous replication of data is far simpler to deploy than Exchange 2007. Exchange 2010 incorporates easily with existing mailbox servers and offers protection at the database rather than the server level. By supporting automatic failover, this feature allows faster recovery times than the previous version.

* Larger mailboxes

Coupling the ability to use larger, slower SATA (or SAS) disks with changes to the underlying mailbox database architecture means that far larger mailbox sizes will become the norm.

* Voicemail transcription

A new feature to Exchange 2010, Voicemail Preview, sees text-transcripts of voicemails being received, saving the time it takes to listen to the message. Upon reception of a voice message, the receiver can glance at the preview and decide whether it is an urgent matter. This and other improvements, such as managing voice and email from a single directory (using AD), offer organizations the opportunity to discard third-party voicemail solutions in favor of Exchange 2010.

* Help desk cost reduction

Exchange 2010 offers potential to reduce help desk costs by enabling users to perform common tasks that would normally require a help desk call. Role-based Access control allows delegation based on job function which, coupled with the Web-based Exchange Control Panel,enables users to assume responsibility for distribution lists, update personal information held in AD, and track messages. This reduces the call volumes placed on the help desk, with obvious financial benefits.

* Option of running on-premise or in the cloud

Exchange 2010 offers organizations the option to run Exchange on-premise or in the cloud. This approach allows organizations to run some mailboxes in the cloud and some on locally held Exchange resources. This translates into very competitive rates for mailbox provision from cloud providers for key mailboxes.

* Easier calendar sharing feature

Employees can share calendars and distribution lists with external recipients more easily. The application allows them to schedule meetings with partners and customers as if they belonged to the same organization.

Making the decision

Due to the uncertain economy, many companies are not investing in projects unless they are essential. However, if they invest in some good service management for their IT service desk, the resulting cost savings will free resources that can be invested in this type of asset. Upgrading to Exchange 2010, will allow more efficient use of IT by end users and help the service desk run more smoothly, thus engaging in a cycle of reciprocal benefits.

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