With the first service pack for Exchange Server 2007 due out at any time, the question is whether or not some of its new replication features will get IT managers to jumpstart their migrations from older Exchange platforms on to the new messaging server.
Microsoft has promised Exchange Server 2007 SP1 for the fourth quarter of this year. The big new feature will be standby continuous replication, or SCR, which lets IT managers replicate an Exchange Server to another location, which could then be activated if there were a disaster at the company's main location.
Exchange Server 2007 came with local continuous replication and cluster continuous replication. The LCR copies the Exchange Server onto another location on the same server, while CCR gives IT manager's instant fail-over to another server at the same location. The addition of SCR means IT managers will have a third copy of the Exchange Server at a remote location, although it has to be activated manually.