Going to Cloud Based Exchange and don’t know where to start? Want to Compare Gmail and Exchange online side by side?

Very common for most orgs to not know where to start, or understand where the benefits are. This morning I was made aware of a free tool from Quest, called the Quest Migration Assessment Tool, or QMAT for short.

It’s a  browser-based application that provides guidance for evaluating Microsoft Exchange Online (BPOS/Office365), Google Gmail, and on-premises Microsoft Exchange 2010 as an organization’s next messaging solution. You can access it from http://qmat.quest.com


Once there you have the option to do an online comparison of Exchange 2003, Google Gmail, Exchange Online and on Premise Exchange side by side.


If you’re in charge of your companies evaluation of moving off Exchange to Google, or an Older version of Exchange to Exchange 2010 on premise, or online, it’s nice to have a non-biased public source of what each platform can offer you. For one thing I didn’t know how little Google mail could do in comparison to most  of the Exchange features I take for granted.


Then there’s the juicy bit, the Inventory Report! It’s a web based install and reporting engine, which drops an agent into your network, does the collecting and then uploads the results to the portal for you to draw reports on.


The result is a fairly decent overview of what you’ve got, including active and inactive mailboxes, departmental details, how much storage is consumed, Public Folder details, Server details, etc,etc


Remembering that this tool is free and you’re able to run it as often as you like without anyone bothering you to buy anything, the value presented here is enormous.

Nicolas Blank

Nicolas is an Architect, author, and speaker focused on all things Exchange and Cloud at NBConsult. With over 16 years of experience on Exchange, Nicolas consults to customers globally on cloud based and on-premises Exchange as well as ISVs building Exchange focused products. Nicolas has extensive experience using Azure to create public and private Azure based offerings leveraging cloud based principles and common sense. Nicolas currently holds status of MCM Exchange 2010, Office 365 (Microsoft Certified Master), MCSM Exchange 2013, and has been awarded Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for Microsoft Exchange since March 2007. Nicolas has co-authored "Microsoft Exchange Server 2013: Design, Deploy and Deliver an Enterprise Messaging Solution," published by Sybex. Nicolas blogs regularly on Exchange and messaging topics at blankmanblog.com, tweets at @nicolasblank, and is the founder of and a contributor to IT Pro Africa itproafrica.com and @itproafrica

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