Why Use Hosted Microsoft Exchange?
Most small and mid-sized businesses are using email as a primary communication channel with customers, colleagues and suppliers. But many of these companies stop there, missing out on productivity-boosting features like shared calendars, contact information and files.
By upgrading to the world’s most popular business messaging software, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, you can significantly raise your team’s efficiency for a small monthly fee.
Basically, Exchange is a computer server that stores your company’s email, calendars, address books and files centrally, so they are available 24×7 and can be shared among your team, if you wish. It is the messaging system of choice for most Fortune 500 corporations.
People running Exchange as their email server typically use Microsoft Outlook 2007 as their email ‘client’. Among many advanced features, this lets them:
• Securely access email remotely – via the Web or a mobile device like a BlackBerry or Treo
• View colleagues’ up-to-date calendars and schedule meetings
• Assign and manage company tasks on central ‘to do’ lists
• Manage contact information of employees and customers and access it anytime
• Share documents across the team so everyone’s working from the most current version
Exchange is a quantum leap from basic POP3 or IMAP4 email and makes your team much more productive through constant access to email, calendars and contacts, as well as important files and information.
Basic POP and IMAP email systems, which are currently used for accessing email, are more suited to home and personal user, rather than business, and were never designed to include the broader, richer collaborative tools that Exchange has made possible.
Now that hosted Exchange is available for low monthly fees, smaller and mid-sized companies are increasingly realizing the instant competitive advantage that Exchange can give them.
ENTERPRISE-CLASS TECHNOLOGY AND UPTIME
Very few companies have in-house the qualified staff or enterprise-grade Exchange infrastructure to prevent downtime. In fact, around 70% of businesses suffer downtime of some kind each year, which conservatively costs an average of $42,000 per hour, according to Gartner Research.
With redundant power supplies, cooling and Internet connectivity, plus clustered servers and a SAN for storage, our datacenters guarantee an outstanding 99.9% email uptime.
Hosted Exchange technicians are also focused on keeping specific servers running 24×7, rather than working on a range IT hardware and software. As a result, they can guarantee the reliability your company deserves.
EASY AND COST-EFFECTIVE WIRELESS EMAIL
Running separate email and wireless email servers can be an expensive nightmare, as they are often in different locations and require skilled teams to keep them online.
Our hosted Exchange datacenter also runs BlackBerry, ActiveSync and Good Mobile Messaging, so getting hosted Exchange email on a BlackBerry, Treo or other wireless email is simple. Just ‘switch on’ the service and it works. There’s no tricky configuration, no expensive hardware or software to buy (like BlackBerry Enterprise Server), and no maintenance needed.
15,000 new viruses and security threats were discovered last year alone. Even so, with overstretched staff and resources, in-house IT teams with even the best intentions often fall behind on back-ups or updating anti-spam and anti-virus software.
With hosted Exchange, this is never a problem. Back-ups are performed on a regular and scheduled basis, with the latest anti-spam and anti-virus updates constantly applied across all servers. Given today’s huge array of IT security threats, you can outsource Exchange just to have confidence that you are shielded from the crippling loss of your entire email system.
Is email hosting really your core business? Hosted Microsoft Exchange from us will give you affordable business email, with instant wireless email access, total protection against security threats, and guaranteed 99.9% uptime.