It has been a while since my last post as I have been busy putting together a couple of RFP responses based around Hyper-V R2 so until I find a little more time I will quickly post that Exchange 2010 Release Candidate is now available for download!!
This release will expire after 120 days but that should be more then enough time!
Check out the download here
[The following is taken from the Exchange 2010 website]
Flexible and Reliable
Pressure to optimize your IT infrastructure for ever changing economic conditions requires you to be agile and that means investing in solutions that provide you and your organization with choice. Exchange 2010 gives you the flexibility to tailor your deployment based on your unique needs and a simplified way to help keep e-mail continuously available for your users. With Exchange, choose from on-premises deployment with Exchange Server 2010, a Microsoft hosted service with Exchange Online, or a seamless mix of both. Microsoft’s commitment to Software plus Services ensures that you can decide on your timeline for taking advantage of the flexibility and power of both without interrupting or changing your users' experience.
Microsoft Exchange Server has always provided and continues to provide you with the choice of a wider range of storage hardware options than any other solution ranging from traditional Storage Area Networks (SAN) to low-cost, desktop-class Direct Attached Storage (DAS). In the latest release, continued innovation in the Exchange mailbox database means that you will experience up to a 50% reduction in disk Input/Output Per Second (IOPS) over Exchange Server 2007, and greater resiliency against data corruption.
Microsoft Exchange 2010 helps users get more done by giving them the freedom to securely access all of their communications – e-mail, voice mail, instant messaging, and more – from virtually any platform, Web-browser, or device through industry standard protocols. Enhancements in the latest release of Exchange provide users’ access to all of their communications from a single location while making it easier for them to collaborate with each other and their business partners. These enhancements include the ability to:
Offer your users a premium Outlook experience across the desktop, Web, and mobile device, including OWA support for even more browsers (e.g., Apple Safari® and Mozilla Firefox®).
Unify access to e-mail, voice mail, instant messaging, and text messages, enabling your users to pick the best way to communicate no matter where they are.
Add native support for virtually every mobile device, including a premium experience with Windows Mobile®, through Exchange ActiveSync®.
Share free/busy information with external business partners for fast and efficient scheduling, choosing the level of detail you wish to share
Protection and Compliance
The impact of a growing number of applications and devices accessing your e-mail infrastructure is evident; it is more important than ever that you take the protection of your mission-critical e-mail data into account when choosing a solution. From regulatory concerns to internal organizational governance and common sense protection of sensitive communications, Exchange 2010 delivers e-mail archiving and compliance capabilities that limit disruption of a user’s normal workflow.
Competitive Differentiation with Lotus Notes and Domino
Microsoft Exchange continues to deliver the leading messaging experience for end users and deliver on the business needs of IT. IBM Lotus Notes and Domino continue to play catch-up on features and functionality that are native to Exchange. Exchange differentiates from Lotus Domino in the following ways:
Superior User Experience: Don’t take our word for it, take our customers’. In a recent case study by Brinks Home Security, Rob Trotter, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer for Brinks Home Security, stated that “Users understood the advantages of moving to the 2007 Office release and Outlook 2007 from the very beginning,” he explains. “In fact, when we first announced the move from Lotus Notes to Outlook 2007 at an all-managers meeting, we got a standing ovation and cheers.” Exchange 2010 delivers more for the user experience than ever before with an enhanced conversation view for mail triage, speech-to-text transcription for voice mail and MailTips to improve messaging efficiency and avoid accidental or unintended e-mails.
The Road to Enterprise Services: Microsoft is delivering multi-tenant scalable solutions that deliver advantages in TCO, flexibility and IT control. Services isn’t just about taking an on-premises server and putting it in a datacenter, it’s about architecting from the beginning for scalability and Exchange Server 2010 delivers that architecture natively. IBM does not offer this full range of deployment choices, providing only limited outsourced solutions.
A Single Unified Communications Platform: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 continues to address users’ needs by providing new capabilities across unified messaging, integrated e-mail, voice mail, IM, SMS, etc., and mobility management. All of this is provided within the single Exchange product vs. multiple, disparate products as IBM requires.
Built-in Enterprise Mobility: Exchange ActiveSync is supported by virtually every major mobile platform available and is quickly becoming the standard for a premium mobile experience. ActiveSync enables rich, push experiences to major platforms such as Windows Mobile, Apple’s iPhone, Motorola, Nokia, and many more. In contrast, Lotus Notes Traveler, Lotus’ mobile experience for Domino, provides a basic mobile experience that analysts have said should not be deployed without “a third-party security and management offering”.
Single, Industry Leading Directory Interoperability: The Exchange team built the first native active directory application, Exchange 2000, almost nine years ago. IBM announced this feature for Domino 8.5.x releases, and by the time it ships, Exchange will have a ten- year head start on interoperability with the leading directory service in enterprises today, providing rich, powerful experiences to end users and IT Pros alike.
Storage, Archiving, and Retention: Microsoft Exchange 2010 addresses the needs of what data gets stored and for how long with native e-mail archiving and robust retention policies that provide the tools you need to meet increasing compliance requirements. In addition, Exchange 2010 also enables powerful cross-mailbox searching capabilities that can be delegated through our role-based access control, ensuring that the right people have the right tools to protect your organization.
Microsoft Exchange 2010 furthers customers’ ability to choose cheaper, faster storage types including DAS, SATA and JBOD. IBM provides Domino attachment object store (DAOS, but are unable to provide customers a true range of storage options to reduce costs.
Delivering Tools for the Global Economy: Microsoft Exchange 2010 includes the capabilities to share calendars with users outside your organization and associate permissions that you are comfortable with. In this release, secure messaging is not only supported within your organization, but with external users as well. Microsoft Exchange 2010 now enables secure communications with vendors, partners and customers that previously required third party tools or separate account management.