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Published: 20 Oct 2012

Microsoft Exchange has some unique requirements and quirks that storage managers will have to grapple with to ensure high availability of the e-mail service. E-mail has shot up through the hierarchy of critical systems, from business critical to mission critical to absolutely essential. "E-mail today is as important as the telephone for business communications," says Mark Levitt, program vice president for collaborative computing and the enterprise workplace at IDC, Framingham, MA. Becky Swails, network engineer at Citgo Petroleum Corp. in Tulsa, OK, agrees: "When it comes to e-mail, we're like crack addicts." In theory, high-availability e-mail is straightforward. "The solution requires redundant storage, redundant servers and automatic failover," says Levitt. From that standpoint, any disaster recovery strategy should do the trick. The catch is the speed of the recovery, as e-mail users have zero tolerance for downtime. When it comes to high-availability e-mail, there are solutions to fit almost every need, budget and IT skill level. Options tend to be ... Access >>>

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