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Posted: 9 Jun 2005
 

Don't You Want to Go Somewhere Else Today?
Migrating from Microsoft Exchange to Novell GroupWise 6.5

by Ken Baker
Novell Connection Magazine - May/Jun 2005

Here's an excerpt:

Ending a relationship can be hard, but there are some people?and things?that you just can't wait to get rid of. For example, imagine saying farewell to a collaboration system with the worst virus record in the industry. Slamming the door on extended downtime and the recovery costs feels great when you install a collaboration system with superior security and a reliability track record to match. Go ahead, now you can kiss goodbye those vendor lock-in strategies that increase your costs and limit your choices.

CERT.org has documented 287 vulnerabilities for Microsoft Exchange and Outlook Express compared to 67 combined for Lotus Notes and Domino, and only four for Novell GroupWise. A Novell 2005 Collaboration Reliability Market Study of 607 collaboration managers found that 87 percent of GroupWise customers experience less than 10 hours of unplanned downtime per year, while only 44 percent of Exchange users claimed that they experience less than 10 hours of unplanned downtime per year.

Also, Exchange doesn't let you take advantage of the lower cost of ownership, reliability and stability?benefits that can be gained by running in a Linux environment. Exchange operates in a Windows only environment. Exchange Server 2003 native mode requires you to deploy Active Directory and Windows 2003, and you get hit with their associated licensing costs. Ouch! Talk about a relationship gone bad!

Regarding a migration from Exchange, Gartner says, "For companies that have waited to migrate from Exchange 5.5, the time to change is now. The cost of supporting a product that is two releases back is hidden in lost opportunities for operational efficiency. In 2005, they will start to be higher than the cost of migration." (Gartner, It's Time to Get Off of Exchange 5.5 by Maurene Caplan Grey, January 18, 2005).

So there you have it. Admittedly, leaving behind the vulnerabilities, expense and management headaches of Microsoft Exchange and Outlook might take some effort, but saying hello to the hardened security, proven reliability, reduced costs, simplified administration and flexible deployment options of Novell GroupWise make it a lot easier.

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