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[6]: My answer is a no.
by DrillSgt on Fri 29th Aug 2008 14:14 UTC in reply to "RE[5]: My answer is a no."
DrillSgt
Member since:
2005-12-02

"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."

True enough, so along with Zimbra go the cost of the server and the RHEL/SLES support license. So if we want to compare, we still can, and is still more expensive. I prefer to deploy CentOS where possible as a server myself, but the fact of the matter for anything truly mission critical, like email, the bosses want to see the support contract. If there is not 24/7 phone support, whether it is ever used or not, you can bet if something *does* happen you may not have a job.

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RE[7]: My answer is a no.
by Soulbender on Fri 29th Aug 2008 14:29 in reply to "RE[6]: My answer is a no."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

So if we want to compare, we still can, and is still more expensive.


Really? Based on what numbers? Did you add AV cost? Anti-spam cost?

like email, the bosses want to see the support contract.If there is not 24/7 phone support, whether it is ever used or not, you can bet if something *does* happen you may not have a job.


True enough. Since I am the boss I do want to see support contracts although the exact nature of it does depend on what in-house skills you have and how critical email is to operations.

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RE[8]: My answer is a no.
by DrillSgt on Fri 29th Aug 2008 14:38 in reply to "RE[7]: My answer is a no."
DrillSgt Member since:
2005-12-02

"Really? Based on what numbers? Did you add AV cost? Anti-spam cost?"

Anti-spam is free and at no cost with Spamassin. Always use a *nix box to do that work before passing it onto Exchange. ClamAV running on the *nix machine is free, though on Exchange the AV is roughly $300 for 2 years.

"True enough. Since I am the boss I do want to see support contracts although the exact nature of it does depend on what in-house skills you have and how critical email is to operations."

Unfortunately that is rare these days. Since everyone has a computer at home, they claim to *know* what needs to be done, especially the bean counters.

Email is a critical service anywhere these days, since almost all business is conducted through it for a business. If email goes down, heads role, even with a planned outage.

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RE[7]: My answer is a no.
by zombie process on Fri 29th Aug 2008 14:33 in reply to "RE[6]: My answer is a no."
zombie process Member since:
2005-07-08

"anything truly mission critical, like email"

Har, har.

Sorry - this still cracks me up. I'm a systems/network admin at a service provider, so I realize that, apart from connectivity, our two major customer facing services are DNS and email, but it still makes me chuckle when I see the words "critical" and "email" in the same sentence. Maybe I'm just jaded, but to me, "critical" means SCADA or life support, not 50x forwarded Dilbert cartoons.

Sorry for the digression - carry on.

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