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9th May 2008, 10:58 PM #1
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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8th January 2009, 12:26 AM #2
So in the intervening time - has any one got any recommendations?
I'm after around 100 mailboxes, with the sharepoint option.
8th January 2009, 12:52 AM #3
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.
8th January 2009, 01:55 AM #4
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
8th January 2009, 09:23 AM #5
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
8th January 2009, 09:27 AM #6
8th January 2009, 09:56 AM #7
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
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
8th January 2009, 10:42 AM #8
Have you not got links between the offices?
Originally Posted by tom_newton
Our internal exchange rollout runs great, local servers per office.
8th January 2009, 10:53 AM #9
Originally Posted by Domino
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.
8th January 2009, 11:18 AM #10
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).
8th January 2009, 12:16 PM #11
bad language isn't tolerated on these forums.....
Originally Posted by matt40k
8th January 2009, 12:16 PM #12
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].
Originally Posted by somabc
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
8th January 2009, 12:22 PM #13
Fasthost is better then 1and1.... that's gone to pot.
Gradwell won't be going anywhere anytime soon.
8th January 2009, 12:58 PM #14
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.
Originally Posted by nadeem
8th January 2009, 01:06 PM #15
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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