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Microsoft has shot Exchange Server 2010 worldwide spurring storage suppliers to instantly announce their support for the application.

Exchange 2010 offers new features such as e-mail archiving, to help prevent inbox overload, while gaining admin improvements and more flexible deployment options. It has much improved I/O, partly due to support for 64-bit Windows and subsequent enablement of more memory. Microsoft says this means Exchange 2010 can be run with slower and higher-capacity SATA disk drives instead of expensive fast Fibre Channel drives.

Users can also archive personal messages within the Exchange database, instead of shipping them out to a third-party archive external to Exchange.

Exchange high-availability has been simplified with Data Availability Groups (DAG). With this function, mailbox and database failover can be carried out instead of a server failover. There is also more unified failover management and less need to know about the nuts and bolts of Microsoft clustering.

Exchange eco-system swings into gear

Email archiving supplier Mimosa has added Exchange 2010 support, with its NearPoint product delivering this from the end of November. It says customers can use NearPoint for Exchange 2010 to establish an organisational archive that complements Exchange 2010's personal archive functionality.

NetApp says its SnapManager for Exchange Server can help reduce storage footprint by minimising the number of Exchange data copies that enterprise customers need to deploy.

SnapManager for Exchange Server has integrated single mailbox recovery capabilities, to enable sysadmins to offload routine e-mail restore operations to help-desk personnel. It is integrated with Volume Shadow Copy Services (VSS) technology to provide backup and restore support for the Exchange Server 2010 DAG function.

Neverfail, which replicates data in real-time to standby secondary and optional tertiary servers, and provides automatic or manually controlled switchover, has also added support for Exchange 2010. It says it has extended its product to provide continuous Exchange 2010 availability, and asserts it is the only integrated product that can keep Exchange users working when related software applications - such as ones based on SQL, SharePoint, Mobile and file content - go down.

Symantec has updated its backup and archiving products to add Exchange 2010 support. The Enterprise Vault v8.0 archive adds direct drag-and-drop access to the archive from Outlook, so users no longer have to rely on “shortcut” links from their mailbox. It is available for previous versions of Exchange and is scheduled to be available for Exchange 2010 early next year.

Backup Exec System Recovery 2010 provides Exchange 2010 backup and restore and is available now.

Symantec will deliver updated versions of NetBackup, Backup Exec and Enterprise Vault over the next few months to reduce storage by deduplicating information stored in Exchange 2010, as well as other applications such as SharePoint and Windows Server 2008 R2.

Backup Exec System Recovery 2010 and the next versions of NetBackup and Backup Exec are also scheduled to provide granular recovery of Exchange 2010 email messages, files, mailboxes, and public and private folders from single-pass database backups. ®

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