Google mail for business

Posted on 2011-04-22
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
We're looking at Gmail solution to replace our exchange server. We're still hesitating because we also have Cisco phone system (Call Manager, Unity, IPCC, etc...) Even though Google say that they can make it work but I need some references from our experts. Here's my questions:

- Have anyone gone through this migration before?
- are there any good/bad that I should be aware of?
- between Gmail and Microsoft hosting solution, which one is better way to go?

Thanks in advance!!
Question by:ithawaii
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    I recently attended a gathering of Microsoft Resellers.  I polled the other resellers on Gmail for business and was told that most clients who switch to Gmail for business switch back within a few months because it really isn't a full replacement for Exchange as advertised.  There are good Exchange Hosts and bad Exchange Hosts.  

    Microsoft is offering a tempting $5/user/month hosted Exchange.  However, when I tried it, I was very disappointed that Microsoft of all companies would have trouble implementing their own hosted Exchange.  Not only have they not worked out the kinks, but they are planning to switch everything over to something called Office 360 very soon.  This will no doubt cause chaos.  

    The going price before annual and quantity discounts is $10/user/per/month.  The only vendor that seems to have a stellar reputation among all the Microsoft Resellers is Intermedia.  I recently implemented myself and had zero issues.

    Best of luck!
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    I'm familiar with non-Hosted exchange, google for domains, Callmanager and Unity(no ipcc), how are you doing voicemail?  Are you using internet subs or doing full exchange subscribers with VMO installed in outlook?  Unity is going to have to have a partner exchange server somewhere.  Is your Unity partner exchange server the exchange server you are wanting to migrate away from?
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    Gmail for organization is the best choice, i'm using it 4 years untill now.
    Full features, powerfull spam filtering and, DOC,EXCEL, ETC..

    try it ..

    Thank you
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    I replaced my Exchange server with Linux mailing system zimbra, in my opinion  if you want *reliable* mail server make sure you run it on robust platform such as Linux or FreeBSD, as mail system  you can run qmail, postfix, zimbra, you could also check eGroupWare, Scalix, Citadel, zarafa and Open-Xchange all are GPL groupware solution GPL!= Microsoft
    Zarafa is a good choice too for groupware solution.
    Note: Note! You can use the Zarafa server for a period of 30 days without limit. After this period the license will stop working. If you want to keep using Zarafa, a license must be bought. Please contact Zarafa International for this.
    Citadel is a turnkey open-source solution for email and collaboration. One simple installation delivers a multitude of powerful features,
    email, calendaring/scheduling,  address books,  bulletin boards, mailing list server, instant messaging,wiki, multiple domain support, a powerful web interface
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    Google has a partner who offer an application to replace our Unity server; it's called "Office Link". As far as demos go, looks like everything works perfectly. Has anyone migrated to Google mail but are still using Unity to deliver voicemail?

    Our current setup: Unity sends voicemail to our exhange, exchange delivers voicemail toour users' outlook via VMO. If we go with Google mail, exchange server will go away. I'm just worried about compatibility between Unity and Google mail.  
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    Thanks for all your helps!!

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