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Open Source Vs "Enterprise" mail servers

By Mikebyrne000 ·
I'm doing a case study where I have to implement an email system into a hospital for 350 users.

I've decided to go with Exchange 07 as my email server but I'd like to discuss some advantages/disadvantages of open source servers like Sendmail and Qmail.

Any ideas on what reasons I could give for going with Exchange over Open Source?

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Other options?

by -Q-240248 In reply to Open Source Vs "Enterpris ...

Why not add Gmail as an option? Email anywhere, anytime and it's a lot easier to manage. Google offers a lot of free email services, and for the small business users as well, up to corporate-sized...

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gmail option

by Mikebyrne000 In reply to Other options?

I'm leaning towards Exchange because I'm getting the new PC's and Server from Dell and it should all be setup and ready to go form the box (Just configure exchange for the accounts)

I'm really just looking for good reasons not to use open source and other packages like Groupwise and Lotus Notes

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So your mind is made up

by NickNielsen In reply to gmail option

Why then, should we confuse you with facts?

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Agreed

by CharlieSpencer In reply to So your mind is made up

"I've decided to go with Exchange 07 as my email server but I'd like to discuss some advantages/disadvantages of open source servers ... Any ideas on what reasons I could give for going with Exchange over Open Source? "

You have the process completely backwards. You gather the information, examine the pros and cons of all options, and then make a decision. You don't make a decision and then go looking for data to support it.

If you don't know the advantages and disadvantages of the options, how did you decide to go with Exchange? Ah, I see, you let the vendor influence your decision. Never a good idea; he's working in his company's best interest (that's what he gets paid for), not your's.

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Reasons

by Mikebyrne000 In reply to Agreed

My main reason for going with Exchange in this case study is because I'm getting 350 pc's from Dell plus a Server with Windows Server 2008.

Dell will Package this all together and provide me with an ready to go out the box solution saying time on setup etc.

I don't think Dell provide Domino or an Open Source option

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If Dell was giving you rabbit chow, would you take it?

by CharlieSpencer In reply to Reasons

Dell will cut you a deal on the desktops regardless of what you put on the server. The question isn't what kind of deal you can get from Dell, the question is what's the best e-mail system you can implement for the working conditions. You're letting your hardware requirements dictate your software; that's also backwards.

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more info

by Mikebyrne000 In reply to If Dell was giving you ra ...

For an installation with only 350 users already on a Windows network, Im thinking about going with Exchange since it integrates so nicely with Sharepoint, Outlook (bundled with Office 07), and provides all the calendaring and collaboration features that are really needed in the hospital enviroment.

(At present the office communicate via paper memo)

If the installation was 5000+ users I'd probably be looking for something else, and if it was really mission critical they wouldn't be using Windows servers in the first place.

Im a little reluctant to go with an open source option because project can die and also support issues. I want to mention Note/Domino but I feel it will have too many "not needed" features for hospital system

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We can't give you relevant responses if you leave out information.

by CharlieSpencer In reply to If Dell was giving you ra ...

Looks to me like you've answered your question.

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Several things to consider

by Dumphrey In reply to Open Source Vs "Enterpris ...

1) Is the traffic of both an AD server and a mail server on the same box going to cause excessive disk thrashing on the server? Dual raid arrays on the server can help minimize this, but you will need a box with 6 drives.
2) What is the long term expected use of email, and what is its importance? Many people say "I can live without if I have too," but then throw a huge tizzy the second you reboot the server.
3) Are licensing costs an issue?
4) Are their any regulations concerning security rating standards for the servers? (Applies more to govt then hospitals, but ya never know.)


Advantages to exchange, simple AD integration. Integration with Sharepoint etc. Pre-installed from Dell. relatively easy to manage.


Advantages to Qmail, Sendmail etc. More robust, better management of mail queus (native, not including expensive 3rd party options). rated for secure government use on a unix platform. Less down time from patches and updates.

Dont forget, there are commercial *nix mail servers out there with support. Exchange or a home built serevr are not the only options.

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