Originally Posted by Old School
We're currently not an Outlook shop but are looking to switch. Rather than buy servers and support, we're thinking about clouding it. Microsoft offers the service for a $4 per user per month - $8 for unlimited storage beyond the 25 gb inbox.
I'm assuming we'll see some impact on bandwidth and a few user quota issues. If you've done this before, anything else to consider?
Why would you assume any impact to your bandwidth? My clients don't see any bandwidth impact even when they do run their own exchange in house.
Anyhow, there really are a lot of things to consider;
- Who do you use now? Why are you switching?
- With any "cloud" service, you have no say over any downtime/maintenance. Microsoft, Google, pretty much any major cloud player have all had some significant outages, and there's absolutely nothing you or anyone else can do. You can call up customer service & rant and rave, but guaranteed your message will never reach the techs/engineers who are actually working on the problem.
- It's a lease vs. own question; do you want to pay a monthly fee forever, or take on the responsibility and up-front costs of investing in server hardware?
- What industry are you in? Do you have any HIPAA or other standards/regulations to meet?
This article here really caused me to rethink a few things as it pertains to cloud:
Your email certainly would not be exempt from any prying eyes...not sure what MS's policy is now, or will be in the future regarding govt. requests.
The reality is you'll probably be fine going with MS, but the fact that you even mentioned the possibility of getting your own server made me want to comment a bit.
Also, if you have anyone who's anywhere NEAR the 25GB limit, they need to delete most of their crap, or download & save the attachments and delete the emails. Nobody needs 25GB of email.
Email is not now and was never intended to be a filing cabinet.