Exchange 12 64-bit: Gartner, Directions on Microsoft, and a new Ferris blog entry

Can I claim dibs on being the first non-MSperson to say this sounded like a bad idea?  I guess maybe I'm a littlemore biased than these...Peter Pawlack of Directions on Microsoftis quoted in InformationWeek, Analyst Criticizes Microsoft Making Exchange 12 Only 64-Bit :"Onlya small subset of the Exchange customer base needs the kind of scalabilitythat 64-bit provides," he said. "I think Microsoft is creatingas many problems as it's solving with Exchange 12. If there was some capabilityavailable only in 64-bit, such as a much greater level of security, thenthat would be an acceptable reason for going solely with 64-bit. Thesame article quotes Gartner's Matt Cain and Stephen Kleynhans:"Thechange will make the typical Exchange version migration slower and morecomplex" and on the same story, FerrisResearch's blog features an alternate viewfrom Richi Jennings (and input from Julie Farris): ...it'sillustrative of the fact that Exchange scales relatively poorly in thereal world. This is because it requires quite high disk I/O bandwidthsto read and write its message store database.A bettingman would say that this is a decision that won't stick... like so manyother things the Exchange team has announced in the last five years.

Can I claim dibs on being the first non-MS person to say this sounded like a bad idea?  I guess maybe I'm a little more biased than these...

Peter Pawlack of Directions on Microsoft is quoted in Information Week, Analyst Criticizes Microsoft Making Exchange 12 Only 64-Bit :

"Only a small subset of the Exchange customer base needs the kind of scalability that 64-bit provides," he said.

"I think Microsoft is creating as many problems as it's solving with Exchange 12. If there was some capability available only in 64-bit, such as a much greater level of security, then that would be an acceptable reason for going solely with 64-bit.
The same article quotes Gartner's Matt Cain and Stephen Kleynhans:
"The change will make the typical Exchange version migration slower and more complex"
and on the same story, Ferris Research's blog features an alternate view from Richi Jennings (and input from Julie Farris):
...it's illustrative of the fact that Exchange scales relatively poorly in the real world. This is because it requires quite high disk I/O bandwidths to read and write its message store database.
A betting man would say that this is a decision that won't stick... like so many other things the Exchange team has announced in the last five years.

Originally by Ed Brill from Ed Brill on November 21, 2005, 3:08pm

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