Small Business E-mail: Hosted Or On Premise?

Smallbiztechnology: Small Business E-mail – Hosted Or On Premise?

The article provides some useful analysis of the question, but consider the main source: an executive at Intermedia, a provider of hosted Microsoft Exchange e-mail services.

“Most smaller businesses have an email host, host their email for them. Whether it’s Cbeyond, Intermedia, Google or one of hundreds of other great email hosts. While many email hosts offer Microsoft Exchange other options include Google Apps, Kerio, BlueTie.

I asked email host Intermedia how businesses can decide if they should host their own email or host the email themselves. Jonathan McCormick, COO of Intermedia shared this insight.

Are there some businesses or scenarios that should consider on-premise email servers?
Businesses under 1,000 users generally benefit dramatically from hosted email. Savings range from 55 to 92 percent according to Osterman Research. Service reliability and data safety improve because of the redundancy and security hosting providers can offer – capabilities cost-prohibitive to the average SMB. Larger or enterprise-sized companies may find it beneficial to remain on-premise from a cost perspective – or given additional technology resources available in the organization.”

Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing Staff
Small Business Computing addresses the technology needs of small businesses, which are defined as businesses with fewer than 500 employees and/or less than $7 million in annual sales.

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