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MS Exchange Server or Internet Service?


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#1 SandAngel

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Posted 07 May 2011 - 10:15 AM

Hi all,

We are currently using MS SBS 2003 which came with Exchange Server. That was installed in 2004. Last year we installed a second server (MS Windows Server 2008 Standard) which is currently only serving as a file server. It is time to retire the old server, but the question is: Should we migrate our email to the new server (which would require the purchase of MS Exchange Server and the associated licenses) or should we migrate to an internet service? Our current network consultant believes housing our email with an internet service will be too expensive. Our former consultant felt we should move to an internet services.

We have 24 mailboxes. A key point is - we are required to retain all client related emails for 7 years. At this time, our mailboxes require about 27GB of storage.

Any advise would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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Posted 10 May 2011 - 09:21 AM

My thiught would be that in house email would serve you better. Internet mail histing is great but with the seven year retention requirement it would probably not be cost effective in the long term. Also you lose that intergration with AD that is helpful in a domain environment. Keep in mind there are other email solutions besides exchange that might be worth looking into.
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