The Importance of E-mail


These days everybody’s job is increasingly reliant on the availability of e-mail. Dell recognizes that companies of all sizes require email solutions to function effectively. To that end, Dell has engineered a sizing tool for deploying Microsoft Exchange 2003—the Exchange Advisor Tool. This easy-to-use tool helps customers design a draft of their Exchange infrastructure. It asks simple questions and translates those answers into a Dell recommended draft or general architecture for the Exchange infrastructure. The tool recommends back-end servers, storage, software and services. Additionally, we have partnered with Symantec to provide options for security and archiving products. To coincide with today’s announcement with them, we’ll launch a Secure Exchange site that will be live soon.

These recommendations are not based on existing whitepapers or rules of thumb—rather, they are based on performance and sizing studies conducted by the Global Solutions Engineering team. The latest round of testing and validation incorporates the PowerEdge 9th Generation servers, the Dell | EMC CX3-20/40/80 storage as well as the PowerVault MD1000 storage enclosure. We plan to continue updating the sizing tool on regular intervals, keeping up with Dell’s hardware and software releases as well as being ready for the Exchange 2007 launch.

The ultimate goal here is to help customers select the hardware, software, and services offerings that are best suited for their requirements by helping them perform what-if scenarios with the different options available for the messaging solution that best suits them.

In this vlog, I give more insight into how we architect and test hardware environments to provide data for the Exchange sizing tool. Please check out the tool and share your thoughts.

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9 thoughts on “The Importance of E-mail

  1. P1lot – that’s a matter of opionion.

    Am I on the only one who found this presentation uninteresting and uninformative?

  2. Yes yes yes…I found the presentation to be quite good, did I not.  All the guys in my neighborhood watched it, and they liked it too.  I approve!

  3. I really like that sizing tool!

    In my company, I normally do the purchasing. The only problem is that I am not the most technical person. This sizing  tool asks me to answer email questions at a high enough level where I can provide answers, without constantly having to pull my high priced admins into the discussions. I ran some of the “answers” by them and they were impressed. And that solution image at the bottom is really cool.

    Thanks Dell, for making my job easier.

  4. Tall Parloux,

    The humor was based on comments in another post on this blog in which the use of the word “solution” was pointed out as being overused. In the video, the presenter humorously referred to it. Just consider it an inside joke. I did find it amusing.

    And while this was another pretty blatant sales pitch, it was successfully mixed with useful information that could save someone planning their network services a bit of time. So, I can see how there is a target audience that would find this post of interest.

    Thanks, Mr. Rooholamini for taking your time to point this tool out.


  5. “…how we architect and test hardware environments…”

    huh? I had no idea architect is now a verb.
    a new word to add to  lingo bingo.

  6. Mariser, it’s been a verb for quite some time…


    1. a person who engages in the profession of architecture.
    2. a person professionally engaged in the design of certain large constructions other than buildings and the like: landscape architect; naval architect.
    3. the deviser, maker, or creator of anything: the architects of the Constitution of the United States.

    –verb (used with object)

    4. to plan, organize, or structure as an architect: The house is well architected.
  7. Too bad Dell doesn’t understand the “importance of e-mail” enough to implement their own e-mail support in Canada.

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