It took Microsoft a little over three years – April 1993 to late 1996 – to migrate all of its 32,000 internal mailboxes from XENIX based system (a discontinued version of the Unix operating system for various microcomputer platforms, licensed by Microsoft from AT&T Corporation in the late 1970s) to its own Exchange server. However, by the March of 1996 the first Exchange server 4.0 with email, calendar and contact solutions had already hit the market.
A rapid expansion of web and development of Exchange web and communication solutions optimized for desktop, tablet and mobile phones further made it incumbent on offline and online internet-based enterprises and users to secure their precious database and optimize and streamline their operations.
So, nearly 17 years later when Microsoft came out with Exchange 2013 product with its numerous features it set the benchmark for various types of applications for the web and communication. With its user-friendly architecture, it took no time to capture the imagination of its users.
Rising demand for pros
There has been always a demand for professionals capable of handling the Exchange 2013 product and its wide-ranging applications. In recognition of the Exchange Server technology, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 was conferred the Technology of the Year Award for Best Mail Server by the ‘ InfoWorld’ in 2011. That was a clear indicator of the growing popularity of the Exchange.
Shortage of professionals
According to a market analysis there are over 3 billion internet users across the globe today. This has created a strong need for web and communication professionals. In fact, there is an acute shortage of skilled professionals in technologies such as Exchange 2013.
Windows of opportunities
Learning the technology will surely opens up a plenty of opportunities in well-known multinational IT companies with offers of great benefits and lucrative pay-packages for the job-trained, efficient and experienced professionals.
Cutting edge technology
What makes Exchange 2013 Server such a dependable product is its cutting edge technology and wide-ranging application. The product reached its Release to Manufacturing (RTM) milestone on 11 October 2012 and was on trial for some time before it was released for users. Since then it has not looked back.
Exchange 2013 comes with Offline support in OWA (Outlook Web App), a secure website where users can access their respective ITS Exchange account off-campus. It is web based and can be used on Windows, Macintosh or any other type of computer with the help of a web browser and internet connection.
CAS, DAG, etc
The Central Authentication Service or CAS, a single sign-on protocol for the web, allows users to access more than one application. Public folders in Exchange Server 2013 also comprise of mailbox database. Database Availability Group or DAG ensures greater availability of data and protection against recovery failure and network failures.
Sought after technology
Ability to customize, 8 TB disks support, site mailboxes, in-built anti-malware shield, prevention of data-loss are some of the useful features of Exchange Server 2013 that makes it a much sought after technology for enterprises across the spectrum.
For those who are keen on developing their career path on the Microsoft Exchange Server platform, they can enhance their job prospects by doing a certification programme in the field. It not only adds value to the existing knowledge base but also open up newer windows of opportunities for them in the IT and non-IT industries.
For example, a professional can get certified as a MCSE in Messaging and after validating their expertise can take their organization to the cloud. This will help improve data security for the organization, heighten flexibility and users’ productivity besides reducing loss of data.
At the end of the day a training in the Exchange Server 2013 provided as part of diploma in web and communication in institutions like the IIHT, India’s and Asia’s one of the premier skill gap training institutes, go a long way in making you job-ready to face emerging challenges at the globally connected work places of today.