Exchange 2010: To Migrate or to Stay Put

By , CIO |  Software, Microsoft Exchange

What is driving IT departments to move to Exchange 2010? Here's what Osterman's survey respondents say:

Support for larger mailboxes -- 50% of respondents said this is driving their decision to move to Exchange 2010.

Improvements and flexibility in storage, including storage utilization, footprint and storage options (e.g., Direct Attached Storage) -- 50%.

Improved built-in archiving, retention policies, transport rules and compliance capabilities -- 48%.

Improved Outlook Web Access -- 40%.

Improved high availability and disaster recovery with DAGs (Disaster Availability Groups) -- 40%.

Improved user productivity features, such as voicemail preview and conversation view -- 40%.

Why Exchange 2010 Is Not Worth It

Survey respondents cited the following as reasons for not planning a migration to Exchange 2010.

Overall IT budget prohibits a migration -- 57% call this an Important or Very Important Reason.

Happy on current non-Microsoft platform -- 43%.

It's too difficult to switch from our non-Microsoft e-mail platform -- 31%.

We have only recently upgraded/migrated to Exchange 2007 and it's too soon to migrate to Exchange 2010 -- 29%.

Only beta backup software available currently -- 15%.

Lacking personnel with technical expertise to architect and manage the new system -- 14%.

Shane O'Neill is a senior writer at Follow him on Twitter at Follow everything from on Twitter at

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