Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Exchange
Microsoft Exchange is currently being used by our entire organization for e-mail communication. We also use Microsoft Exchange for scheduling purposes within Outlook and for keeping track of contacts using Exchange ActiveSync. We recently also began using the built-in Exchange archiving feature, which has worked wonderfully at helping some of our users keep a better handle on their mailbox sizes.
- Provides a platform that easily integrates with other Microsoft products, namely Outlook.
- Provides built-in Exchange Mailbox archiving solutions that are easy to manage for both the user and the administrator.
- The maintenance that is required as the organization grows can be difficult to keep up with (offline mailbox defragmenting).
- A lot of the configuration work needs to be done in PowerShell now as opposed to the EMC, which might be difficult for some users.
- Has allowed our organization to quickly and effectively add and remove users as needed.
- Configurable Disk quotas that many hosted solutions keep set in stone.
- Google Apps
Microsoft Exchange has been and most likely always will be an industry standard. The large competition these days is the hosted platforms, which are nice if you don't mind keeping everything in the cloud. Our organization likes keeping a handle on everything in house, as it allows us to keep as many backups and copies of databases as we want for as long as we want.
Microsoft Exchange is well suited for an organization that would like to keep their e-mail and communication platform in house. That being said, it should not be used in very small environments, as the cost for Microsoft Exchange for a small organization (under 25) is too much compared to a hosted platform.