The recently disclosed HP E5000 Messaging System for Exchange Server 2010 (or, as we call it around the hallowed hallways of building 31: “The E5000”) is one of the really cool projects my team gets to work on this year. Taking the best of what our two companies do–delivering the hardware and software solutions your customers rely on each and every day to power their businesses–and combining it to “radically simplify the delivery of Exchange Server 2010 innovations” is a pretty powerful value prop for you to land with your customers.

There’s a whole lot more to come regarding this “killer app” of a solution from HP and Microsoft.  In the meantime, check out what one of our Exchange MVPs, Mr. Tony Redmond, shared on the E5000 in a recent blog posting:

“[I]t’s a really well put-together Exchange 2010 server based on solid and well-known hardware components that is easy to deploy and run. The E5000 will probably not feature in many large-scale Exchange 2010 deployments, but I bet that it will be a success in its target market of 500 to 10,000 seat implementations, especially for Exchange 2003 customers seeking to deploy Exchange 2010 and achieve high availability in an easy and cost-effective manner.”

That bit about being a great fit for existing Exchange 2003 customers is spot on.  We know that there are a lot of our customers still hanging on to Exchange 2003 (see my previous post). Considering these folks will (very, very likely) need to upgrade both their server gear (to a 64-bit rig) and their Windows Server install, why not help them make the leap in a single bound? Oh, and add to that the fact they’ll likely be going from an average mailbox size of 150 MBs (that’s right) to a lovely large mailbox powered by Exchange 2010, you can’t go wrong with recommending the E5000 when you call upon these guys.

So, Exchange SI partners (especially HP/Microsoft Frontline Partners), get ready for the E5000!

Ian
Group Product Manager
Exchange Partner Marketing