Hosted Exchange email could be the answer for any company looking for a reliable email solution after Microsoft stops supporting Exchange Server 2003. Microsoft will cease extended support for Exchange 2003 on April 8, 2014. There were still more than 6 million email accounts supported by Exchange 2003 just in North America — most of them small and medium-sized business users — according to a Spring 2013 study by the Radicati Group. These organizations are missing out on new features offered in later versions of Microsoft Exchange, and could be making themselves vulnerable to security issues and other cyber threats. Hosted Exchange email service can help organizations ensure they do not suffer in the wake of Exchange 2003’s obsolescence.
Hosted Exchange email service: a simple upgrade
There are several ways that small and medium-sized businesses can gain support for their email services in the short window remaining before Exchange 2003 support ends. One way is to upgrade to a later version; either Exchange Server 2010 or Exchange Server 2013. However, many organizations lack the IT support infrastructure to facilitate a significant on-site update, especially without lengthy advance planning.
For these organizations, a hosted Exchange email service offers the best of both worlds. It provides cost-effective Exchange server support, offering skilled IT management to facilitate the transition and continue to oversee email systems. Plus, migrating to hosted Exchange email usually generates significant savings, as the up-front investment and ongoing operating expense are typically much lower than the costs associated with an on-premises deployment.
Hosted Exchange email service: lasting support
Email is a vital tool in today’s businesses environment, so it is critical that email servers remain highly available, skillfully managed, and insulated from cyber threats. While Microsoft has taken some steps towards reducing the management workload associated with Exchange Server, mission-critical email systems require around-the-clock support from qualified personnel to ensure uninterrupted availability and employee productivity.
Traffic monitoring, load balancing, managed firewalls, and intrusion detection are just a few of the amenities that hosted Exchange email service providers offer, helping companies maintain the performance of their Exchange email environments.
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