Linked by Alex Chejlyk on Mon 18th Jul 2005 17:09 UTC
Internet & Networking Microsoft dropped support for Exchange 5.5 on December 31st, 2004. Exchange 5.5 users can upgrade to Exchange Server 2003, continue to run 5.5 with all accompanied security risks, or switch over to another mail/groupware system.In this article I propose a fourth option that is really options two (run Exchange) and three (run another mail system) combined.
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patrick
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2005-07-18

If your CEO or other PHB values his/her corporate email and wants to keep using the groupware features that users of the Outlook/Exchange combo have grown accustomed too, I suggest spending some time reviewing solutions from Scalix and Samsung Contact. Both will allow you to replace Exchange while maintaining and possibly even enhancing the functionality. Not to mention the added security... Samsung Contact is the former HP OpenMail and an extremely scalable large Enterprise email system with full Groupware (Exchange) functionality. This system is used by companies that need e.g. 350,000+ mailboxes. Afaik you need to be a serious company to get Samsung to return your phone call (please correct me if I'm wrong). Scalix is a smaller company focused on the SMB as well as the Enterprise market. They also offer full Exchange functionality. Check out either company if you need an "Open" replacement for Microsoft Exchange. Off course there are tons of other solutions out there. I pointed out specifically these two given their focus, maturity and service and support offerings. Something that the CEO/CTO/CFO appreciates/requires. Note: I don't work for either. I just think pointing them out serves people's interest in alternatives.

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