Round Rock, Texas – (via THE
HOSTING NEWS) – July 28, 2005 – Dell today announced the availability of pre-configured
server, storage and software packages and professional migration services for
business customers upgrading to Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 prior to Dec. 31
E-mail continues to be a mission critical application and businesses of all
sizes realize the need to have it up and running at all times. According to
research firm The Radicati Group nearly 136 billion e-mail messages are sent
worldwide each day.
Linda York, Vice President of Global Alliances Marketing in Dell’s Product
Group described the new service offering as follows, ”Dell is leveraging
the combined power of three — Dell, EMC and Microsoft — fully integrated server,
storage and software solutions to provide customers a single, reliable source
of standards-based Exchange-migration options.Dell’s customized migration packages
and available fixed-cost, fixed-scope services provide customers a cost and
time-efficient Exchange migration path that ultimately improves business productivity
and eliminates scalability and reliability concerns of running mission critical
e-mail on older systems.”
Through Dell’s migration program, customers can purchase the integrated combination
of standards-based servers, storage, software, and services that address migration
needs while also delivering increased operational efficiency and performance
improvements. Pre-configured migration packages are available to customers with
fewer than 100 e-mail users and up to 5,000 mailboxes.
For example, a large organization with more than 4,000 mailboxes may choose
a bundle of two PowerEdge 2850 servers, a Dell/EMC CX300 with PowerVault 136T
storage solution and Exchange Server 2003 Enterprise Edition.
Or, a small business with 150 users and high-availability requirements might
choose a PowerEdge 2800 server with the entry-level AX100 Dell/EMC storage array
and Microsoft Windows Exchange Server 2003 Standard Edition. All pre-configured
migration packages include software training and three-year support. Pricing
for configurations begin at $5,000.
”For Exchange Server 5.5 customers who are migrating to Exchange Server
2003, leveraging Dell’s PowerEdge line of servers can significantly reduce the
costs associated with owning and managing corporate e-mail infrastructures,”
said Kim Akers, general manager of the Exchange Server Group at Microsoft. ”Many
of our Exchange Server 5.5 customers are running old hardware and migrating
to newer, faster and more efficient servers will further increase operational
efficiencies for these companies across the board.”
Exchange Server 2003 running on Dell PowerEdge 2800 and 2850 servers helps
customers lower overall costs by enabling up to 3,000 more mailboxes per server,
as compared to Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5, and consolidation of the overall
number of servers needed. According to the MAPI Messaging Benchmark Version
3 (MBB3) results, the award-winning PowerEdge 2850 ranks as one of the best
2-way servers for delivering Exchange benchmark performance.
The Upgrade to Exchange Server 2003 professional services program delivers
customers a fixed time, fixed-scope and fixed-cost service for migrating as
many as 5,000 mailboxes from Exchange Server 5.5 to Exchange Server 2003.
Additional services include Exchange Migration Readiness Assessment, Active
Directory Design and Deployment, and Training for Exchange Server 5.5 to Exchange
Server 2003 or Active Directory. Dell also offers ongoing end-to-end support
services including Premier Enterprise support that provides fast response for
complex server and storage issues; and, storage-area-network (SAN) maintenance
services assess the health and performance of SAN’s running Exchange.
Dell’s comprehensive migration capabilities also include an innovative online
sizing tool that customizes the combination of server and storage packages to
best meet customers’ Exchange Server 2003 migration needs. The Dell Exchange
Server 2003 Sizing Tool creates a draft or general architecture of a customers’
back-end Exchange infrastructure and returns a complete view of the necessary
components and costs.
More information on Dell’s migration program including pre-configured customer
solutions, pricing and professional services is available at www.dell.com/exchange.