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An Introduction to Hosted Exchange

Most businesses use Microsoft Exchange Server for their business emails. However, the costs of setting up their own server can be prohibitive, meaning that most businesses are better served by using hosted exchange. Hosted exchange is when they rent the use of a mail server for their email in much the same manner as they would rent the use of a web server for their websites.

Why Do You Need Hosted Exchange?

There are a number of reasons that businesses should use hosted exchange:

  • They gain increased control over the emails sent within and without their organization, meaning that they can set their policies for the sake of furthering their organizational goals.
  • Users can access emails and other resources stored on the mail server so long as they have something capable of connecting to the Internet, meaning that they can work whenever and wherever.
  • Microsoft Exchange Server has features such as calendar synchronization and task lists for facilitating teamwork, which is the cornerstone of successful business operations.
  • Likewise, Microsoft Exchange Server comes with security measures for keeping out both spam and malware.>/li>

What Are Some Different Kinds of Hosted Exchange?

Furthermore, it is important to note that hosted exchange comes in a wide range of forms for better-meeting the needs of a wide range of clients:

  • Hosted exchange can be provided on either a dedicated or a shared basis, meaning that the mail server is either reserved for a single client or shared between multiple clients. This is convenient because clients can pay for more computing power for their mail boxes as their email needs change.
  • An email protocol is a method used to communicate emails between two computers. There are a number of email protocols seeing use in the present, with examples ranging from POP3, which limits emails to a single client, to IMAP, which enables the use of different clients for the same emails, to MAPI, which is an email protocol similar to IMAP created for use with Microsoft Exchange.
  • There are other options available for hosted exchange. For example, some services come with content filtering, which some businesses might need for full compliance with the relevant rules and regulations. Likewise, other options range from the ability to set up relays to the ability to integrate with server-side applications.

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Are you interested in hosted exchange but still unsure if you want to make the commitment or not? Please don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions so that you can make the fully-informed decision that is in your business’s best interest.  Our IT support team will be happy to help.