This question is to help me out on a meeting i will have soon to dispute the idea of continuing to have exchange on our working environment or move to a webmail or even a SMT/POP3 based solution.
From your experience, i basically need to know why you prefer exchange and why you prefer SMT/POP3 systems. If you are lucky enough o have a vast amount of knowledge on both great put your point forward.
I work on a major telcom company called UNITEL in Angola with 250 users and growing, our corporate email servers are exchange and needless to say headaches happen everyday, i come from an ISP provider where everything was easy linux and SMTP/POP3 systems we had 550 thousand customers on our systems and glitches where almost rare to say the least.
I cannot move to Linux but i can dispute the idea of having to pay massive amount of money for exchange and not using all its potential because the company only wants to have email delivered and webmail access, so why i ask is important to continue to use exchange.
points to take into consideration: Security, Mail recovery, Remote access, mail storage.
other info; we dont use GAL neither the NNTP or Replication to other server we have a central server where everybody connects to, and i would like to avoid adding more exchange servers becoming cumbersome the management of these systems and their backups.
The way i see it the users will still be able to use Outlook has a client; Symantec will be the preferred SMTP firewall and AntiSpam solution i will buy the appliance and not the software.
Access is global no need to install VPN clients and less software for the laptops = less glitches, office email can be achived via either the simple Google or Hotmail systems and users when they need to move PCs it will be a breeze, plus with the thin client arriving soon i belive i am on the right path.
Prove me wrong please.
Thanks for taking your time to answer this and points will be awarded in percentages regarding the info shared.