Linked by David Adams on Thu 28th Aug 2008 17:51 UTC, submitted by stonyandcher
Features, Office Everyone knows that Microsoft Exchange is expensive - but ubiquitous " and plenty of open source projects and vendors have been trying a variety of technical approaches to replace it. While none is yet a drop-in replacement, a PC World article looks at ways that some administrators can get a cost advantage by switching.
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My answer is a no.
by ronnyek on Thu 28th Aug 2008 18:05 UTC
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2008-08-28

its an unfortunate state of affairs with open source etc.

I know some bright person will suggest zimbra, I am about to suggest why you WOULDNT want to use zimbra. (Please note I've run tons of zimbra servers in production for a couple years, so I do have plenty of experience)

1) web ui is sluggish and slow, and the "desktop" client is an entire webapp server distribution etc. WAY WAY hefty.

2) Its built on common unix mailers and packages etc (yeah I guess it could be a positive and a negative, however I consider it mostly a negative)

3) Licensing and pricing is f--king out of control.

4) Configs, startup scripts are fragile as hell, and the server would eat resources until ultimately it'd stop accepting connections.

5) Load balancing, Backup procedures etc are assinine, even for the commercially supported version.

I think most of my complaints are more so how unix developers tend to approach problems... than the actual server itself. I invested a TON TON TON of time migrating some 8000 odd accounts and 3000 domains, and I've got to say, I'll never touch it again. Ever.

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