Microsoft Exchange Server Winning the Enterprise With 100 Million Seats Sold

REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 23, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Exchange Server is experiencing phenomenal growth in the enterprise messaging space, with more than 100 million licenses sold. Large organizations and enterprise customers such as the U.S. Congress, Cardinal Health Inc., Kinkos Inc., Cisco Systems Inc., South Trust Corp., UnumProvident Corp. and Marathon Ashland Petroleum are switching from competing platforms to Exchange 2000 for its scalability, mobile access, lower total cost of ownership and integration with the Microsoft® .NET Platform to build XML Web services.

“The word is out: If youre an enterprise, and you want a reliable messaging and collaboration system that will give you the tools to take advantage of .NET and build the most powerful information-sharing infrastructure with maximum uptime, Exchange 2000 delivers,”
said Malcolm Pearson, general manager of the Exchange Server Business Unit at Microsoft.
“One hundred million seats marks a milestone for Microsoft, one that we are most proud of.”

According to The Radicati Group Inc.s Messaging Market Report 20012005, Microsoft Exchange Server continues to be the leading enterprise messaging platform among Global 1000 companies. The study said Exchange enjoyed a higher growth rate than the competition over the past year and currently leads the market in terms of seats sold and deployed with 43 percent install base.

A December 2001 META Group Inc. study found that customers can reap significant cost savings by migrating from Exchange 5.5 to Exchange 2000. Immediate results can be experienced through server consolidation. Organizations can save approximately $20,000 annually per mail server eliminated. Examples of such savings follow:

  • Compaq Computer Corp. eliminated 73 servers as a result of its initial Exchange 2000 server consolidation and deployment plan, with 45,000 users, resulting in a $1.4 million reduction in annual operating costs. Upon completion of its migration, Compaq will have consolidated 50 percent of its servers.

  • The Saudi Arabian Oil Co. (Saudi Aramco) consolidated 23 sites that supported 45,000 users down to seven sites. The migration project took only 33 days, and 29 servers were eliminated.

About Exchange

Exchange is the leader in messaging and collaboration, with more than 100 million licenses sold. Exchange 2000 is the easy-to-manage messaging and collaboration platform that provides e-mail, calendaring, instant messaging, conferencing and services for custom collaborative applications that bring people and information together. Exchange 2000 delivers enhanced reliability, scalability, manageability and performance with a lower total cost of ownership.

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EDITORS’ NOTE, December 30, 2004
— This page has been revised since original publication.

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