The Test Center has taken various looks at Microsoft’s Exchange 2007 in past reviews. But now we’ve just installed a fully functioning Exchange 2007 e-mail and messaging environment – – a working test bed – – so we can delve even deeper into many new and exciting technologies as they roll out in real time.
At the top of our “to-do” list in the near term will be an analysis of how well Apple’s new iPhone 2.0 software can integrate into an Exchange environment. The capability of the iPhone to mesh with Exchange will be a significant make-or-break issue for Apple to establish a strong foothold in the corporate IT market with the device.
Exchange as SaaS is a hot topic now. We look forward to doing comparisons of Exchange as a hosted service versus the traditional model of deploying as part of a network infrastructure and will analyze the pros and cons of each implementation.
The release of Server 2008 and Hyper-V beta has generated a lot of buzz about virtualized Exchange. Is it possible? Is it practical? Microsoft’s stance is that Exchange on Hyper-V is unsupported, but will that remain the case when Hyper-V officially launches? We will be taking an extensive look at the possibilities of running Exchange virtually.