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    Hosted Exchange - Recommendations please

    Not really a school issue as this is a long standing private client of mine who has recently decided to expand from a 2 person operation where he was the one in the know to a 5 person company where him being the only one in the know causes problems.

    Now I appreciate some might question "why exchange" but it's bad enough taking 3 years getting him used to backing up to data properly and he's a hardened Outlook user so I'm working within my own experience and limitations here.

    So, what I'm looking for are recommended hosted services for Exchange including Activesynch, blackberry synching, etc... There's probably some scope for Sharepoint as well but not nearly as important right now.

    Any suggestions welcome...

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    So in the intervening time - has any one got any recommendations?

    I'm after around 100 mailboxes, with the sharepoint option.

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    A Hosted solution for a 100 odd mailboxes plus sharepoint would cost £400+ a month, so I would run your own exchange server after all it would pay for itself in a few months.

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    Absoloutley, and if the guy likes his Outlook so much, you could try and deceive him with IMAP folders - supported by most good freebie email accounts

    EDIT: Sorry, didnt realise this was such an old topic

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    Still - there are no "real" answers!

    Now we have 3 offices, handling mail internally is a pain - we use these guys:
    Exchange Hosting Service - AppRiver Spam, Exchange Spam Filter and Mail Hosting

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    Small Business Server?

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    you have a few options provided by Microsoft

    Theres live@edu - also known as Exchange Labs
    Live @ edu :: The Future of Student Collaboration is Here

    Exchange Online - hosted by Microsoft
    http://www.microsoft.com/online/exchange-online.mspx

    SharePoint Online - hosted by Microsoft
    Microsoft SharePoint Online provides a single, integrated location where employees can efficiently collaborate with team members

    Latter two aren't available in the UK at the moment but will next month

    A.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tom_newton View Post
    Still - there are no "real" answers!

    Now we have 3 offices, handling mail internally is a pain - we use these guys:
    Exchange Hosting Service - AppRiver Spam, Exchange Spam Filter and Mail Hosting
    Have you not got links between the offices?

    Our internal exchange rollout runs great, local servers per office.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    Have you not got links between the offices?

    Our internal exchange rollout runs great, local servers per office.
    Yeah, but:
    1. Links are comparitively slow (mostly ADSL) if you had to "upload" a lot of data from one location, and there's the transatlantic hop...
    2. No exchange admins in soton or charlotte

    however... as we grow, we may decide to go for a bunch of Zimbra servers or some such.

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    1and1 provide this, as do fasthosts

    Job done, gradwell is looking at a free version of exchange, it allows uses to use outlook (calander and all).

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt40k View Post
    as do fasthosts
    bad language isn't tolerated on these forums.....



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    Quote Originally Posted by somabc View Post
    A Hosted solution for a 100 odd mailboxes plus sharepoint would cost £400+ a month, so I would run your own exchange server after all it would pay for itself in a few months.
    Cost covers a lot more than just the actual cost of outsourced hosting vs in house hosting. [After all in house hosting for me costs literally just the cost of the licences - we have the hardware we need already].

    There are other issues that have an implication too.

    I should have been more specific - I want a decent reliable provider that people have had experience with - there's no way I'd trust fasthosts (for example) with something critical like my email servers!!

    I'm already going to outsource the student email to either MS or Google.

    Much as I like gradwell, I'd be worried the Peter would decide to sell up and get out of the business and then have the existing customers left with an average service [because of the new company's ethos] (which is a basically boiled down version of what happened to the original domain business he had)

    Thanks for all the imput so far though

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    Fasthost is better then 1and1.... that's gone to pot.

    Gradwell won't be going anywhere anytime soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nadeem View Post
    Cost covers a lot more than just the actual cost of outsourced hosting vs in house hosting. [After all in house hosting for me costs literally just the cost of the licences - we have the hardware we need already].
    I don't see why you would pay another company to run sharepoint and exchange for you when you already have the hardware, and you can administer the servers. If licensing was a one off payment of say £1000 and hosted was a monthly fee of £400, I know which I would prefer to pay.

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    5 users is like £50 per month. I fail how to you can really say getting a exchange license can really be cheaper.

    Ok, if you need DC, paying the extra few £ to get SBS makes sense. Otherwise, you've got the licenses, the additional power, the additional spamfiltering etc.

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