"We are happy to announce that Exchange 2010 is Code Complete! Our
senior leadership team has signed off on the final code, and it has
been sent to our early adopters for one final look before its public
release. This Release to Manufacturing (RTM) milestone means we are on
our way to general availability and the launch at Tech·Ed Europe 2009 (http://www.microsoft.com/europe/teched/) in early November," began the blog posting from Sumeeth Evans.
The long awaited release of Exchange 2010 appears to be coming to Tech-Ed Europe on November 9th in Berlin. The beta has been out for many months. But, this final version will be the first that many IT departments will look at. Actually, given the slow pace of adoption, the release of Exchange 2010 probably means that many companies will finally move from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2007 — but that is another story.
The main benefits of Exchange 2010 are due to storage cost reductions and productivity features.
Exchange administrators "can archive Exchange data to cheaper DAS
(direct-attached storage) rather than a more expensive SAN (storage area
network). This will reduce email storage costs by up to 85 percent without
sacrificing performance or reliability, according to Microsoft," reported AIIM Infonomics.
Email archiving companies, like mine at InBoxer, have been watching Exchange 2010 with great interest as the company touts archiving as one of the great new features. But, as Bob Spurzem, director of product marketing at Mimosa, notes in his blog:
- Exchange 2010 does not move the archive email off of the Exchange Server.
- Exchange 2010 (as well as all previous versions of Exchange) does
not perform single instance storage across all of its Stores.
- Exchange 2010 does not manage the archive data with full retention and read-only access.
That means that for email archiving, electronic discovery, and content monitoring, a product like InBoxer Anti-Risk Appliance remains necessary. Exchange 2010 archiving is an ideal way to handle personal archives and
to reduce the need for PST files. It also enables lower cost storage.
(Tip of the hat to Email Tide.)