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Vol. 2 No. 12 February 2004

AttachStor reclaims e-mail storage

How Attachstor works for internal e-mail How many Microsoft Exchange or Lotus Notes servers do you have? The answer is probably "too many." One of my clients had more than 15 Exchange servers. When asked why, the storage admin replied: "very long backup and very long recovery times." That client--like a lot of other Exchange users--found that if an Exchange database gets to more than 25GB to 30GB, it takes too long to back it up and even longer to restore. This is especially true if you aren't using a mailbox-level backup and recovery system. In that case, the only solution for recovering a single mailbox is to recover the entire information store to another server, then move the desired mailbox using standard Exchange tools. Therefore, every time my client's Exchange information stores gets larger than 25GB to 30GB, they make another Exchange server. The result is an incredible waste of money, as each one of these servers requires its own hardware and software, including licenses for Windows, Exchange, backup software, ...

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