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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RE: My answer is a no.
by Soulbender on Thu 28th Aug 2008 18:53 UTC in reply to "My answer is a no."
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My answer is a "yes and no. It depends".

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

It's not sluggish. Maybe it was previously but the 5.x series is not. The desktop client is a dog though but that's why you have the Outlook plugin.

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)

I consider this irrelevant as long as it works.

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

I dont know where you got your licenses but we dont have that problem. Not that I know what you mean by "fscking out of control".

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

Again, I dont know what you're on about. Fragile? Never had that problem. Eat resources? Maybe, but don't tell me Exchange doesn't.

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

I dont know why you put load balancing and backup in the same point but whatever. Never had any problem with the backup procedure being asinine.
Never used the load blanacing so I cant say anything about that.

than the actual server itself. I invested a TON TON TON of time migrating some 8000 odd accounts and 3000 domains

I'm pretty sure migrating 8000 accounts and 3000 domains is a pain no matter what system you migrate to and from. It sure isn't a breeze in Exchange.

Edited 2008-08-28 18:55 UTC

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