Texas A&M University at qatar chooses netmail to migrate to Exchange 2016
Texas A&M University at Qatar is a branch campus and valuable part of the famous Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Located on the outskirts of Doha, the capital of Qatar, Texas A&M at Qatar is part of an initiative known as Education City. Education City covers 14 square kilometers and houses educational facilities and branch campuses from some of the world’s most famous universities, including Cornell University, Carnegie Mellon University, Georgetown University, Northwestern University, and Virginia Commonwealth University. The branch campuses that make up part of Education City work to serve Qatar and to enrich its greatest natural resource — its people — by making fundamental contributions to teaching, engineering, and research in Qatar and the region.
Texas A&M University at Qatar first opened its doors in 2003, welcoming 29 students into its engineering programs. Today, the branch campus plays host to a mix of 550 Qatari and international students. Texas A&M’s mission in Qatar is to educate exemplary engineers and develop world-class leaders; generate new knowledge and intellectual capital through innovative research; and advance the development of goals of the State of Qatar and the region through expertise and engagement that expand human capital . More than that, the forward-thinking government of Qatar realizes that fossil fuels are not the future, and is investing heavily in education to lay the foundation of a knowledge worker society that will help the region utilize solar energy, increase efficiencies in petrochemicals, and help to clean water efficiently.
For the past six years, Texas A&M at Qatar has relied on an Exchange 2010 collaboration system as the primary source of communications for its 2,000 user population of students, faculty, & staff.
With the arrival from the United States of a new Enterprise IT Technologist, Thomas Mather, Texas A&M at Qatar evaluated its existing Exchange 2010 system and realized that the system was quickly approaching the end of its life. It was time to upgrade to the latest version of the Microsoft platform — Exchange 2016 — and migrate its existing 2,500 user mailboxes. According to Mather, “Our email system is one of the most mission-critical systems we have here at our branch campus. It is our primary means of communicating to our employees and university community, many of whom travel abroad frequently for business and personal travel. The system needs to be available 100 percent of the time.”