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June 2013, Volume 2, Number 6

Hosted email services worth a look

With the explosion of mobile devices serving a burgeoning email user base, organizations must take a hard look at how they deliver messaging to users. Hosted email is an option that gets plenty of press, but many companies are hesitant to yank their deeply rooted on-premises email systems, and adoption of hosted email has proven slow. A case against a move to hosted mail services can certainly be made. Many companies are entrenched in their ways and don’t want to take risks by outsourcing their email to another vendor. Security and availability are also concerns. However, some of the areas that are often looked at as weaknesses can actually prove to be strengths when it comes to hosted email. What’s driving hosted email migrations? The benefits of online email systems for IT shops are driven home by the relentless marketing and deep pockets of the two titans in this market: Microsoft, with its Office 365 suite, and Google, with Google Apps. Though their combined market share certainly dwarfs that of smaller vendors, the press ...

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