At the Microsoft TechEd Europe 2009 conference in Germany, Microsoft Corp. Business Division President Stephen Elop announced Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 is now available worldwide. Along with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, Exchange Server 2010 is part of a generation of solutions designed for increased business productivity and cost savings in a challenging economic environment.
Elop also announced the release of Forefront Protection 2010 for Exchange Server, which helps Exchange Server customers further safeguard business information.
“Exchange 2010 customers are already reporting cost savings of 40 to 70 percent thanks to a simplified high availability model and support for lower cost storage. Customers are also seeing productivity gains of more than 20 percent with a universal inbox that delivers email, voice mail, instant messaging and text messaging consistently across any device,” says Darryl Burling, Product Manager Exchange, Microsoft New Zealand.
“Together with Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2, the combined cost savings and improved productivity will help New Zealand businesses generate long-term business success.”
According to a Forrester Research study of technology early adopters*, the average customer will see a pay-back period of less than 6 months when upgrading to Exchange 2010 and Windows Server 2008 R2.
Customers such as ASB, Bank of America, NASDAQ OMX, NEC Philips and US Department of State are deploying Exchange 2010 and are reporting impressive results with the new server.
“ASB wanted to be part of the rapid deployment programme to understand on how Exchange 2010 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will work within our business,” said Mark Roberts, Manager Technical Standards for ASB Technology Operations, ASB.
"The Exchange 2010 work is part of a larger programme aimed at improving the employees workspace. We see Exchange 2010 delivering the foundations to enable ASB to build a richer and more productive, collaborative work space. We are particularly focused on the architectural changes in Exchange 2010 that enhance disaster recovery and make storage usage more efficient.”
Organisations including BMW, Getronics, the City of Miami and Energizer are deploying Windows 7 and report significant gains in efficiency for both business users and IT, with improved user productivity and easier information access, reduced costs with streamlined management, and reduced risk through better security and increased desktop control. Businesses are seeing equally significant results from Windows Server 2008 R2 , with cost savings through server consolidation, reduced power consumption and improved service levels.
“Windows Server 2008 R2 brings many effeciencies to our customers, including enabling new Virtualization scenarios,” said Stephen Elop, Business Division President, Microsoft Corp.
“We’ve added the next generation of Hypervisor and the new ability to Live Migrate virtual machines, and we are seeing tangible evidence such as Hyper-V live migration for companies where service has remained continuous during deployment of Windows Server 2008 R2.”
More than 270,000 partners globally are certified on these products.
Exchange Server 2010 and Forefront Protection 2010 are available now for trial, along with more information about Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2 and partner solutions.