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[5]: My answer is a no.
by Soulbender on Fri 29th Aug 2008 10:36 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: My answer is a no."
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While that is on the surface a sweet deal it's not the whole story.
You do not get any virus or spam protection with the Exchange CAL's or with Exchange but you have to pay extra for that and it may come at quite a price. Then there's of course the cost of Exchange itself and the cost of the Windows server license and as a company you also want a support contract for Exchange. None of this is cheap.

I'm not saying that Zimbra is the sweetest deal on planet earth but just comparing the cost of the Exchange CALs to the Zimbra licenses isn't an accurate cost comparsion.

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