High-availability Exchange made easy
Azaleos and Teneros appliance-style solutions provide maximum uptime with minimal painFollow @infoworld
As many as 250 users are supported per appliance. The only variation between models is the amount of storage provided for the information store. A base configuration of 50GB costs $15,000; the top end is a 500GB information store costing $22,500. Teneros’ remote monitoring and support cost 25 percent of the purchase price per year, based on a one-year contract. A three-year contract reduces the cost to 20 percent of the purchase price per year. An optional contract for hardware replacement costs $850 to $1,000 per year.
Appliance or Near Appliance
Overall, we were most impressed with the simplicity of the single-box Teneros solution. It provides most of the functionality necessary to keep Exchange going in case of emergency, and requires little care and feeding. What you gain in ease you lose in scalability, however.
The Azaleos OneServer uses Microsoft Exchange clustering, which means it can do more than the Teneros box but only by using a lot more hardware. The basic Azaleos package uses three servers, a switch, and a storage device.
Both companies aim for the same 250 to 5,000-user market, although at the low end of that spectrum Teneros offers much better value. With an entry price three times higher but much greater growth and storage capacity, Azaleos is a better choice for organizations with 1,000 or more users.