Automation Tools and Cloud Archiving to Smooth Migration Path for Exchange Customers

LONDON, UK – 21 March 2012 – Binary Tree, a leading provider of software solutions for migrating to Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Office 365, announced today that it has formed a long-term strategic partnership with Mimecast, the leading supplier of cloud-based email archiving, continuity and security for Microsoft Exchange and Office 365. Under the agreement, the two companies will deliver a unified solution for enabling legacy Exchange customers to intelligently manage and automate the migration of their email data to a new Exchange platform and to Mimecast’s cloud-based archive.

Mimecast’s Great Email Migration Report, which surveyed 500 IT/email system decision makers on their plans for email migration, found over half (57%) of companies planned to make their migration in the next year, with 62% of these companies planning to move to Microsoft Exchange 2010 on-premise. Additionally, the average mid-sized business plans to migrate over 100GB of data from one email system to another. These migrations will see approximately 6.36 petabytes of data – the equivalent of 127.2 million four-drawer filing cabinets of text – transported from one location to another in the next 12-18 months.

The partnership between Mimecast and Binary Tree will integrate the two companies’ existing solutions to help businesses simplify the transition from older versions of Microsoft Exchange to newer on-premise, cloud or hybrid environments. Additionally, this new unified solution will ensure all email data is migrated securely and with minimal risk and downtime. The two organisations will also encourage channel pull-through by offering existing partners a migration readiness kit, as well as conducting joint recruitment events around the world to support Microsoft’s mission to migrate customers to the latest versions of Exchange and Office 365.

“Our products and solutions are so complementary that it was an obvious value proposition to bundle them for customers,” stated Steven Pivnik, CEO of Binary Tree. “The tremendous uptake we are seeing in the market for migrating to the latest version of the Microsoft messaging platform cannot be ignored. And that includes moving to the cloud-based versions like Office 365. Most customers we’ve talked to who are moving to Exchange 2010, both on-premise, or in the cloud, are inquiring about archiving and security, so partnering with a best of breed provider like Mimecast makes perfect sense to meet these market needs.”

Peter Bauer, Mimecast’s CEO, added: “With more than 80% of Exchange customers still running on legacy 2003 and 2007 systems, the question is not if, but when they will migrate to Microsoft’s latest email platforms. The only real mitigating factor in play is fear; fear of data loss, fear of downtime, fear of the cost and headache of moving data from one system to another. Almost every customer Mimecast has on-boarded in the last six months has involved a migration, either to Exchange 2010 or Office 365, so businesses are already seeing us as an insurance policy through the migration process and an ideal companion to the Exchange platform, on-premise or in the cloud. By partnering with Binary Tree, both organisations can offer a seamless, end-to-end migration experience that truly does take fear out of the equation.”

Mimecast and Binary Tree will be showcasing their joint solutions in the Mimecast booth (#300), and in a vendor session titled “Think EaaSy™ - Make Exchange Migrations EaaSy,” at DevConnections, from 26th to 29th March, in Las Vegas.