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Migration from MS-Exchange to Google Apps

Hello Experts,
I kindly need your support in this question ASAP. I have a client who decided to move his servers to the cloud. Cannot change his mind because that's his way.

After I checked his network he has five remote branches accessing the following remotely:
1- Exchange Server 2010 (in-house)
2- Microsoft AX
3- Some old software using SQL 2000 (which will be replaced soon)

I did some search and found maybe the best two options for email are:
1- Exchange Online hosting.
2- Google Apps.

Despite he has his two IT stuff, I will supervising this project.

Please let me know what is your advise and thanks in advance.

Regards,
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mob_dream
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Allen FalconCEO & Pragmatic EvangelistCommented:
I would move to Google Apps for Business (migration of the email environment is easy) and build a managed file service using Drive as the storage back-end.  

If you need to keep the legacy applications running, a hosted VDI environment can provide the server resources and virtual desktops more cost effectively than new servers for applications that will likely be retired.
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mob_dreamAuthor Commented:
I thought migration process would be easier with exchange because users are already using Outlook (99%). Also I heared that Google Apps is not good with MS-Outlook using IMAP, What do you think?
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Allen FalconCEO & Pragmatic EvangelistCommented:
Migration is easiest going from the server directly with Google Apps Migrator for MS Exchange, or a third party tool.

Don't use IMAP with Google Apps, use Google Apps Sync for MS Outlook (GASMO), it is a much better, MAPI, experience.

Allen
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mob_dreamAuthor Commented:
Does Google provide backups or recovering deleted items for the normal subscription (not vault)?
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mob_dreamAuthor Commented:
Also I'm still confused between business and enterprise?
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Allen FalconCEO & Pragmatic EvangelistCommented:
Google Apps for Business is the current branding for what was originally marketed as Google Apps Enterprise Edition.
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mob_dreamAuthor Commented:
Thanks allenfalcon for your kind support.
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