How Microsoft’s focus on low-cost storage impacts the Exchange market

Following my post on “The story of Exchange IOPS” outlining the journey of Exchange from being an I/O hog to something far less demanding on storage systems, a recent request from Josh Odgers from Nutanix to consider his post “Peak performance vs Real World – Exchange on Nutanix Acropolis Hypervisor (AHV)” seemed to be opportune.

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Microsoft fails to communicate over Exchange Online IMAP4 outage

A curious incident occurred in Exchange Online over the last week or so when some European users who connect to their mailboxes using the venerable IMAP4 protocol reported that they couldn’t receive new mail. There’s nothing particularly notable about a glitch occurring with a messaging protocol. After all, Exchange supports quite a few (MAPI, Exchange Web Services, ActiveSync, IMAP4, POP3, and SMTP) in order to be able to provide as wide a client choice as possible.

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