E-mail Migration Risks & Rewards Exposed In Infographic

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Three quarters of businesses are looking to migrate their email systems in the short-term, according to new research from Mimecast.

The Great Email Migration

The Great Email Migration

Email is the cornerstone of modern business communications and a critical part of the day-to-day workings of organisations of all types and sizes.

As over three quarters of IT managers (77%) plan to upgrade their email systems within the next two years, we are on the verge of a mass email migration according to research released from Mimecast, an email archiving, security and management company.

The Great Email Migration Report, which surveyed 500 IT/email system decision makers on their attitudes to, and plans for, email migration, found that over half (57%) of companies planned to make their migration in the next year.

With the average mid-sized business predicted to migrate over 100GB of data from one email system to another, the move will see approximately 6.36 petabytes of data – the equivalent of 127.2 million four-drawer filing cabinets of text – transported from one location to another in the next 12-18 months. That is significant volumes of data but there are other reasons for the migration, illustrated in the infographic which accompanied the report.

Exceeding storage limits was cited as the most common (58%) email problem experienced by organisations. The ever-increasing amount of data generated by businesses appears to be a key factor driving the IT agenda when it comes to purchasing and migration decisions. Recent figures from Gartner showed that 86 percent of Microsoft Exchange users were currently on version 2007 or older, indicating that upcoming renewal cycles and required upgrades would also have a part to play in driving migration.

While there was no one killer benefit of Exchange singled out, easier administration (50%), improved email security (49%) and support for larger mailboxes (49%) were most frequently mentioned as reasons for migration.

The need to migrate to new systems appears to present IT managers with something of a quandary, with 77% believing it is important to keep up with industry email standards, but 58% hesitant to make any changes to email that might impact its performance.

“Email is the cornerstone of modern business communications and a critical part of the day-to-day workings of organisations of all types and sizes. Keeping it current and disruption-free is high on both business and IT priority lists,” said Alan Kenny, General Manager UK & Ireland, Mimecast. “The exponential increases in the volume of data being produced, alongside changes in systems and support on offer make the need for migration to more robust email systems a matter of when, rather than if.”

“While there is a perception that migration must be time-intensive and expensive, the fact is that, with the right support, migration can be managed in a cost and time effective manner, ensuring that businesses can transition to more efficient, streamlined systems in much less time than they think,” explained Kenny.

For more information on the Great Email Migration Report, download the full report for free.

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