A recently completed survey found IT managers often struggle to successfully deploy the Microsoft Exchange Server for email and web services as they are stymied by the complexity, security and archiving needs of the platform.
According to the survey, 50 percent of respondents said their companies have multiple email solutions, with 20 percent of organizations having at least three. This complexity couples with security issues to create a need for Exchange, but the survey found just 10 percent of respondents who have not yet deployed Exchange consider security as its primary benefit.
Overall, respondents said availability and disaster recovery were the most important attributes of Exchange, as it was selected by 40.4 percent of respondents that have adopted the platform, and 41.7 percent of those who have not.
Despite seeing clear advantages in Exchange, the survey found just 19.7 percent of respondents have deployed the email hosting platform. However, 51.9 percent of respondents plan to adopt Exchange within the next year.
Microsoft Exchange is frequently featured as part of a hosted VPS solution, in which businesses allow a third-party vendor to supply their email services for a monthly subscription fee. This allows businesses to avoid the complexity of Exchange.