PostPath Offers Upgrade

PostPath delivers easy upgrade path for Exchange 5.5 users

September 19, 2007

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- PostPath, creator of the industry's only email and collaboration server that offers enterprises a drop-in, natively compatible alternative to Microsoft's Exchange(TM), today announced new migration support for Exchange 5.5 users. PostPath's One-Step Migration Methodology enables IT departments to take the cost and risk out of their migration.Enterprises also gain the benefits of the PostPath Server, including native support for mobile devices, "bottomless mailboxes," and low-cost storage servers.

IT departments are under pressure to migrate away from Exchange5.5 as users push for large mailboxes, improved mobile-device support, and reliable and flexible web access. IT directors, for their part, are demanding high reliability, efficient email routing, and sophisticated fail-safe filtering and compliance. Adding to the pressure to migrate away from Exchange 5.5 is the fact that Microsoft ended extended support for it in 2005.

Despite these pressures, many IT departments have been reluctant to migrate from Exchange 5.5 to more recent Exchange releases. At least 20 percent of Exchange customers are still deployed on Exchange 5.5., according to Gartner ("Microsoft Exchange 2007," Matthew W.Cain, Gartner, September 26, 2006). Enterprises cite two primary reasons for their reluctance to migrate away from Exchange 5.5:

  • The cost, complexity, and risk of migration, which requires multi-step user migration via intermediate servers; a complete operating system, hardware, and device-driver upgrade; and a complete retooling of administrative and user management systems

  • Core issues, such as the use of the underpowered JET database for email storage, remain unresolved in newer versions of Exchange

"With the release of our One-Step Migration Methodology, customers can migrate to PostPath far more easily than they can to the latest version of Exchange," said Duncan Greatwood, PostPath CEO. "Customers can take advantage of the PostPath Server's best-in-class, next-generation capabilities and ease of ownership, and leave behind the cost and hassle of migrating to a new version of Exchange."PostPath

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