VARs could bag more hardware and IT support deals by capitalising on the popularity of Microsoft's Exchange 2010 platform, research suggests.
Out of those surveyed, 77 per cent of businesses said they are planning to upgrade to Exchange 2010 “some time in the future”, with 55 per cent anticipating making the move within the next 18 months.
However, many have raised concerns about how disruptive and costly the migration process will be.
According to the vendor's findings, 61 per cent of respondents lack the software needed to support Exchange and 59 per cent will need to undergo a hardware refresh to use it.
As a result, 46 per cent said they plan to work with a third-party IT provider to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Peter Bauer, chief executive of Mimecast, said: “Email is one of the most critical systems in the enterprise and companies have to consider how they will backup or archive their data when moving to, and using, Exchange 2010.
“Therefore it is not surprising that nearly half of IT decision makers plan to use some sort of third-party service to ensure they can provide a consistent service during the migration.”
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