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Thoughts on Exchange Online
Microsoft is making big claims around its Exchange Online initiatives. Senior Vice President Chris Capossela recently predicted that by mid-2013, half of all Exchange mailboxes will be hosted on Microsoft's Exchange Online. Chris points out that many of these will move from Notes. Chris's prediction suggests around 150 million mailboxes will be on Exchange Online in five years.

At least Chris was specific in his prediction. I asked Steve Ballmer a few weeks ago how large he envisioned Microsoft's Exchange Online business would be by mid-2011 and his response was simply "greater than a million, and ... less than 100 million .... (with the inflection point or "hockey stick" starting) two to three years from now." He was purposely vague since press were in the room.

Clearly, Microsoft is serious about hosting your email. If you're evaluating the offering, good questions include:

  • Do you trust Microsoft with data in your email system?
  • How well will Microsoft deliver on service-level agreements (SLAs), and will the SLAs provided be sufficient?
  • How easy will the on-boarding, co-existence, and migration processes be?
  • How good will customer support be?
  • How will Microsoft address BlackBerry integration?
  • How will de-provisioning work if you want to terminate the agreement?
  • If you've got Software Assurance, how will licensing work?

Are there other factors that you wonder about? Would your company consider Exchange Online? Is Microsoft's head in the clouds? We'd love to see your comments. ... David Sengupta

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  • Provide messaging and collaborative technologies
  • Archive electronic information
  • Ensure compliance with corporate policy, industry regulations, and laws
  • Facilitate e-discovery, and contain its costs
  • Reduce the dangers of information leaks

Email is the most important type of electronic information that requires control today. Other important types include instant messages, Sharepoint teamspaces, images, voice, video, and miscellaneous desktop files.

We've been in business since 1990--longer than any other analyst firm in our field:

  • Clients include 300 of the world's 1,000 largest organizations, and computer vendors from the largest corporations to small startups
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  • Our news service covers more than 2,000 highly specialized announcements annually
  • We have nine experts in our research team, sharing many decades of experience in our core competencies

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