Microsoft launched Exchange Server 2007 this past summer, and if you're like many IT administrators, you're contemplating an upgrade. Exchange 2007 boasts 64-bit architecture, which allows for both larger mailboxes and more mailboxes per server. In fact, it's possible to offer individual mailboxes as large as 2 or 3 GB.
This may lead some end users and even administrators to assume archiving is no longer needed. But it's still as important as ever because 2-3 GB mailboxes can cause unexpected headaches. For instance, mailbox quotas will still be exceeded; end users may still create PST files in an attempt to retain messages long-term; and backup times will continue to grow.
Instead, consider three ways archiving can make your job easier:
How much more quickly? Sending emails to archives after 15 days can cut the users' mailbox storage by as much as 65-75 percent, and slash migration time for each mailbox from 13-14 minutes to two minutes or less. If you've got hundreds—or thousands—of users with mailboxes, those minutes can really add up.
Exchange Server 2007 is a strong new tool that gives end users more options. Enterprise Vault adds powerful enhancements that let them use those options—without overburdening your organization's system.