Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services and Small Businesses

April 6, 2009

Last week Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans received questions from a potential Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services client.  Microsoft Exchange Server is the messaging platform that allows the ability to easily create and manage your business communications both in the office and on the road; however Microsoft Exchange Server requires the expense of an on-premise server, software, and knowledgeable administration expertise.

Until recently, access to the enterprise level services of Exchange was an expensive proposition for small firms. Enterprise level services were primarily intended for mid-sized organizations that could afford the luxury and expense of owning and operating an Exchange ServerHosted Exchange is a rich messaging service you host using Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1). The target market for Hosted Exchange includes small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs), small office/home office (SOHO) businesses.  With tools for flexible business modeling, you can offer a broad range of enterprise services that go from basic e-mail up to higher value services, such as providing additional storage, hosting personal domains, and calendars.

Most agree electronic messaging is mission critical, but it remains vulnerable to a growing array of threats. Viruses, worms, denial-of-service attacks, spam, and the need to satisfy a growing set of government regulations and legal actions all make effective messaging security and management increasingly difficult and expensive, especially for the small business. Until recently, enterprise level Exchange services providing e-mail, scheduling, and tools for custom collaboration and messaging-service applications was only available with on-site Exchange servers.

Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services for messaging security and management is composed of four distinct services that help organizations protect themselves in a cost-effective manner from e-mail-borne malware, satisfy retention requirements for compliance, encrypt data to preserve confidentiality, and preserve access to e-mail during and after emergency situations. The services are deployed over the Internet using a “Software as a Service” model which helps minimize additional capital investment for hardware, software and administration of on-premise Exchange servers, free up IT resources to focus on other value-producing initiatives, and mitigate messaging risks before they reach the corporate firewall.

If your business is small and you desire the enterprise capabilities of a Microsoft Exchange Server without the added expenses and headaches of operating an on-premise server, contact Onsite Computer Services today to investigate the cost-effective Microsoft Exchange Hosted Services for your operation.

If you’re searching for New Orleans computer service or repair of your Microsoft based system or network, then call the Microsoft specialists at 504-469-6991. Onsite Computer Services, Inc. in New Orleans

You may also be interested in Onsite Computer’s Blog.

This New Orleans On-Site Computer Service post was provided by Eli Lucas. Eli can be reached at eli@onsitenola.com. Onsite Computer serves the Microsoft computing needs of small businesses throughout the Greater New Orleans area including Uptown, Lakeview, Broadmoor, Mid-City, Metairie, Jefferson, Kenner, Westbank, French Quarter, and the Warehouse District. Please visit our website for New Orleans Computer Service.

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