Exchange 2007 SP1 Moves

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2007-08-14 Print this article Print

a Step Closer"> Standby Continuous Replication is a high-availability feature that helps organizations recover quickly from site-level disasters that affect an entire data center. It works by continuously replicating mailbox data to a standby server using Exchange Servers built-in log file shipping technology. The standby server can be quickly activated if the primary server or data center is offline, Mohrman said. To read more about the storage package SMBs got for Exchange, click here.
Asked how this move affected Microsoft partners like NeverFail and XOsoft, who offer competing solutions for continuous data protection, Mohrman said it was all about choice. "You have to look at the business requirements and with standby continuous replication there is a manual activation process. We do believe that we are providing a complete solution for the majority of customers and their requirements," he said.
With regard to any competitive impact on the Exchange Hosted Continuity services offered by the old Frontbridge team acquired by Microsoft, Mohrman said that those business continuity services were a great offering and customers typically used this if they were already using the anti-virus and anti-spam filtering. "If you are using Exchange Hosted Services to filter your viruses and spam ahead of time you can then queue up those messages and have business continuity in the cloud. It also allows you to do other things like archiving; all the stuff that comes around the Exchange ecosystem. That works for some customers, typically in the midmarket and small business space, while a lot of enterprise customers still want an on-premise solution for their disaster recovery as well," he said. "So its about choice, about fitting your requirements and whether or not you are fine with having your data residing offsite and being able to connect in through Web-based clients or if you want on-premise, multi-site control and disaster recovery," Mohrman said. Asked if there were any plans for an Exchange Hosted Service to give customers Standby Continuous Replication capabilities so that they could host a copy of their data on Microsoft premises, Mohrman said there was no news on that front and not something his team was directly looking at. But for Azaleos McCall, the storage and scalability capabilities in Exchange 2007 alone have created benefits for server consolidation and e-mail service reliability, while SP1 adds critically needed business continuity functionality through the Standby Continuous Replication capabilities. "Together these capabilities easily compensate for the cost of the migration to Exchange 2007," he said. Similar business continuity capabilities for Exchange were previously accessible only through costly snapshot-based storage solutions from companies like Network Appliance and EMC, although these solutions still offer richer functionality than the new features in Exchange 2007 SP1, he said. Read more here about how Microsoft is striving to make Exchange more like an appliance. "Snapshot-based replication solutions still kick butt over continuous replication capabilities for Exchange business continuity, but they can cost a little more," McCall said. Exchange Server 2007 SP1 also brings new policies for synchronization, authentication and encryption policies, as well as device, network and application controls. These new features allow network administrators to help manage and secure Exchange ActiveSync enabled mobile devices. Page 3: Exchange 2007 SP1 Moves a Step Closer

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

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