Equally unwise are the regular attempts to float massive e-mail
and collaboration systems from over-inflated racks of Exchange
servers. In our overview of this problem, E-mail in the Enterprise,
we noted three points of danger to any enterprise embarked on this
mode of message transport:
The low-profile, jerry-built Exchange networks in place today
fail to provide the mission-critical security and reliability
routinely expected of large mainframe systems running Linux.
There is no central repository, where information can be mined
to competitive advantage.
Exchange servers are totally incapable of handling the
explosive growth in messaging volume that most enterprises are now
The solution, in two words, is "server consolidation". We can
expect to see centralizing forces, led by Linux on IBM, actively
engage Microsoft's immovable objects, encircling this valuable