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[7]: My answer is a no.
by Soulbender on Fri 29th Aug 2008 14:29 UTC 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[9]: My answer is a no.
by Soulbender on Fri 29th Aug 2008 14:45 in reply to "RE[8]: My answer is a no."
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

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


What, you use software without support contracts for your mission critical mail? What about the cost for the extra server(s) you need?

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.


If your business can't operate without email for a shorter period you're doing it wrong and I sure as hell will not fire anyone for a planned outage.

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