With the ever growing market in “The Cloud”, more and more business’s are trying to figure out ways to cut their costs. I mean why not? Who wants to pay for an entire data center, or closet for that matter, along with all the expensive personnel, equipment, software, and tools needed to maintain it? The big question is, where do I start? In this series of articles by GandG Network Design and Cabling, we are going to focus on transitional steps to get your company on a lean, mean product selling machine with 75% less Information Technology operating costs.
The first and easiest step to moving and testing the waters on the cloud market is email hosting. How many of you business owners are spending thousands of dollars on an exchange server, licensing, maintenance, and technician to keep it running? It’s astounding how much we spend on the oldest internet protocol, email. The fact of the matter is that Microsoft has built a very complex and solid platform in exchange that everyone in the business world, small business along with enterprises, is accustomed to. Who nowadays doesn’t know how to access their email from Outlook? It’s like tying your shoes. If you want to save the $200,000 per year average running cost of an exchange server, migrate away from it and move to a reputable email hosting provider that will do it for free. Who is going to do it for free you ask? Google, who else?
Google offers their services in a business environment that is free for under 50 users. Yes, FREE. You get your domain name hosted, intranet sites for internal collaboration, Active Directory API integration to import your users, Calendars, Global Contact sharing, and much more. Everything that exchange offers its’ clients, Google does too and they do it for free with five 9 availability. If your people are stuck on outlook, no problem, Googles’ Gmail is outlook compatible. Not only that, they also supply you with the needed migration tools to move from your Exchange environment to their hosted solution on their cloud.
So what does this mean? To me it means that no longer are we stuck with one solution for our business needs. Google has brought us healthy competition that will help small business grow with tools for tomorrow. Not everyone wants to move away from Exchange. Change is hard as it is and it’s hard to tell people that they are no longer needed. However if you are going to roll with the punches of our ever changing economy, these tough decisions are going to have to be made.
If you are a business looking to cut your cost on Exchange and save the huge amount of cash, feel free to give GandG Networks a call or email and we will be in touch.
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