How many times a day do you rely on Outlook to get a job done? In today’s office environment it’s the skeletal structure of productivity. Emails, reminders, internal file sharing – all of this relies on the massive brain of Outlook. And behind the curtain of Outlook lies the Microsoft exchange server. The importance of keeping this infrastructure current and functional is the reason behind Exchange 2010 migration. Keep reading for a summary of some of the key advantages of an Exchange 2010 migration.
Reduced hardware costs
An Exchange 2010 migration should make a notable impact on the bottom line: the results of a Microsoft case study demonstrate that the new platform should reduce hardware costs by 75% compared to Exchange 2007. For those keen to reduce hardware costs even further, moving exchange functions to the cloud will facilitate much leaner capital and maintenance budgets in the long term.
Improved high-availability is a major selling point of Exchange 2010 migration. High availability is a software system feature that ensures a pre-defined level of operational performance is always maintained and will not be interrupted for any reason. Microsoft aims to be operational 99.99% of the time – not an easy task given the multitude of small components and processes that are all necessary to the proper functioning of the whole. Rolling smoothly through a glitch in any of these moving parts requires some pretty invincible backup and failover processes.
The database availability group (DAG) is the new poster child for high availability and facilitates continuous replication and high-availability failover for Exchange 2010 migration. Multiple servers interact in the DAG to create copies of database information that may be housed in different physical locations, bolstering disaster recovery strength. Organizations can supplement their onsite backups by storing a second set of database copies with an online host such as Webhosting.net. Technically speaking, DAG allows replication on a database level (vs. at the server level in Exchange 2010) which gives IT administrators more options for accessing and manipulating mailbox information in case any hiccups do occur.
Reduced I/O requirements
A common metric in evaluating server performance is IOPS, which measures the input/output operations a computer storage application can write in a second. IOPS is of utmost importance in an Exchange 2010 migration where data is being constantly written and queried and system performance is contingent on data manipulation speed. However, high IOPS environments eat away at valuable disk space so Microsoft aims to reduce the IOPS requirements of each successive exchange environment. The Exchange 2010 migration includes a newly flattened database schema which is far less complex than its predecessors. The new database architecture is designed to store mailbox databases and related working files on the same 1 TB SATA disk which reduces the number of operations necessary to complete the same query. In terms of hard numbers, the new database architecture advertises a hearty reduction to IOPS of up to 50%. Now organizations are free to scale up volume without the associated hardware costs or cut-back current machines without any negative impact on performance.
Improved user interface
The organizational effects of an Exchange 2010 migration will trickle down to the end-user in the form of various improvements to the user interface. The new non-Microsoft compatibility feature of Exchange 2010 should pacify Mac users who were previously overlooked in the Outlook web access experience. The renamed Outlook web app is now designed to integrate smoothly into other platforms such as Safari and delivers a solid email and calendaring experience to Office-ers and Mac-centrics alike. In fact, the Outlook web app aims to provide a full-fledged Outlook experience to users accessing the system remotely through a web browser. Features like favorites, search folders, a newly developed conversation view and integration with Office communicator and SMS are now all available all the time, without having to access the company network. Frequent travelers and employees working from home will notice substantial efficiencies with the wider coverage of Outlook web app. With the improvements to the way information is accessed and protected and the features of a revamped user interface, the benefits of the new offering are plentiful. Contact Webhosting.net for more information on how an Exchange 2010 migration can benefit you and how to get started.