Industry Leaders Join With Microsoft To Announce Exchange Server Migration Initiatives

Industry Leaders Join With Microsoft To Announce Exchange Server Migration Initiatives

REDMOND, Wash., April 14, 1998 — To meet the continued growth in customer demand for Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft Corp. and industry leaders today announced several new initiatives, as well as discounts on existing initiatives, to help customers migrate from legacy mail systems to Exchange Server. Microsoft expects these initiatives to help meet strong demand for Exchange while driving even broader momentum. According to an IDC study of more than 1,000 business users at small, medium-sized and large organizations, Microsoft Exchange Server is the primary messaging and collaboration environment companies are moving to.

“An overwhelming number of customers migrated to Exchange during the past year, and even more are kicking off their move this year,” said Rich Tong, vice president of marketing in the application and tools group at Microsoft. “Microsoft is helping customers by working with industry partners to make planning and implementing a migration even easier and more cost effective.”

Program Brings Together Products, Tools and Services for Migration Today

The following initiatives provide the products, tools and services required for a smoother migration, many at a discount:

  • Digital Equipment Corp. Digital’s new LAN-Mail Upgrade Program provides customers with best practices to help them plan and implement a smooth migration. Digital will offer free “teleseminars” and planning guidelines, a $7,000 value, to all cc:Mail and Microsoft Mail customers who are ready to move to Exchange.

  • Data General Corp. Data General’s Microsoft Exchange Quick Look Consulting Service provides customers with a high-level evaluation of their existing LAN and corporate e-mail platform. Customers will receive a 30 percent discount off Data General’s regular consulting price.

  • Corporate Software & Technology Inc. (CS & T). CS & T’s Exchange Migration Planning Session provides a dedicated Microsoft certified consultant for five days to assist in migration planning. Customers will receive 30 percent off the five-day session, with the full cost refunded if customers engage CS & T to manage their Exchange deployment.

  • Software Spectrum Inc. Software Spectrum has developed a strategic offering called the Exchange Solutions Alliance, a consortium of users committed to Exchange and to helping customers with their messaging coexistence, migration and implementation needs. This alliance provides the tools and strategies customers need for successful coexistence with and migration to Exchange from legacy mail systems like cc:Mail.

  • Compaq Computer Corp. Compaq’s Legacy Mail Migration Program allows cc:Mail and Microsoft Mail customers to trade in their existing e-mail servers for new Compaq ProLiant servers, which can be used to deploy Exchange.

  • Dell Computer Corp. Dell will offer Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 Standard Edition and five client access licenses (CALs) at no additional charge to customers who purchase a Dell PowerEdge 4200 or PowerEdge 6100 server configured by Dell to deploy Microsoft Exchange.

In addition to these offerings, a number of third-party software vendors are providing discounts or free trial offers on their products, allowing customers to immediately gain additional value from their new Exchange deployment:

  • 80-20 Software Pty. Ltd.

  • Bluecurve Inc.

  • Casahl Technology Inc.

  • Computer Associates International Inc.

  • Dr. Solomon’s Software Inc.

  • Fenestrae Inc.

  • FrontOffice Technologies Inc.

  • IKON Office Solutions

  • Inso Corp.

  • JetForm Corp.

  • Keyfile Corp.

  • Lucent Technologies, Octel Messaging Division

  • NetIQ Corp.

  • Network Associates Inc.

  • NTP Software

  • Omtool Ltd.

  • Pivotal Software Inc.

  • Sax Software Corp.

  • TOPCALL International AG

  • Transend Corp.

  • Trend Micro Inc.

  • Mesa Group Inc.

These offerings complement the free migration and coexistence tools included today as part of Microsoft Exchange. Built-in Exchange tools allow customers to perform a phased migration of their existing data to Exchange while maintaining connectivity to legacy systems. They include the following:

  • cc: Mail Migration Wizard

  • Microsoft Mail Migration Wizard

  • Novell GroupWise Migration Wizard

  • IBM OfficeVision/VM Migration Wizard

  • SNADS Migration Wizard

  • Verimation MEMO Migration Wizard

  • Digital ALL-in-1 Migration Wizard

  • cc:Mail Connector

  • Microsoft Mail Connector

  • Lotus Notes Connector

  • IBM OfficeVision/VM Connector

  • SNADS Connector

In addition, all Lotus cc:Mail and Microsoft Mail customers are eligible for upgrade pricing of $33 per Exchange client access license, $407 for Microsoft Exchange Server Standard Edition, and $801 for Microsoft Exchange Server Enterprise Edition. This represents a 50 percent saving over estimated retail price.

“Migrating to client/server messaging systems has become an imperative for many corporations,” said Jamie Lewis, president, The Burton Group. “By creating a program consisting of migration tools, aggressive pricing and alliances, Microsoft is addressing customer concerns, giving them the tools they need to make the transition to Exchange.”

“We evaluated the messaging market and selected Exchange for several reasons,” said Steve Mahaney, associate director and Exchange program manager for Pfizer Inc. “First, it provided us with a strategic and evolutionary path for our messaging infrastructure, integrating and scaling well with our strategic directions for desktop and network. Second, it offers the features, functionality and scalability we need to continue to leverage and exploit electronic communications throughout our business. And last, it enables us to do a phased migration, moving pockets of users while keeping them connected to the rest of the organization.”

Microsoft Exchange Server 5.5 and the Outlook 98 messaging and collaboration client deliver an enterprise-ready messaging and collaboration foundation for the most demanding business needs, and Internet standards support for unmatched interoperability with Internet and legacy systems. Together they provide better e-mail and collaboration (scheduling, contact tracking, task management) than popular alternatives and reduce management overhead by providing better scalability and management tools.

Further details about these offers, Exchange tools and pricing can be found at the new Exchange migration Web site at .

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