Five reasons you'd be crazy not to migrate your email to Office 365
By Luke Fussell • 27 Nov 2014
Are you still running your email on an in-house Exchange server? Are you hesitant to move to the cloud? This blog should help tip the balance towards Office 365’s Exchange Online.
“If at first the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it.”
Here are five reasons why many sane people are choosing Office 365 Exchange Online to run their business emails.
Your Exchange server is part of a Small Business Server
Microsoft is gradually withdrawing support of its Small Business Servers, so if your email sits on an SBS, it - and all your other documents and processes - are vulnerable to attack or failure. Check out last week’s blog: “From server to cloud: 5 killer reasons you need hosted desktop.”
Office 365 Exchange Online is cheaper
Office 365 is cloud-based so you pay a monthly subscription, which you can increase or decrease according to your changing business requirements. On the other hand, if you’re hosting your own email, you’ll have to buy the server and resource IT staff to manage it. You also have to buy an annual licence, so you miss out on the monthly flexibility afforded by Office 365 email.
You’re wasting resources on updates and maintenance
Similarly, with an in-house server, you need to pay for and arrange updates and maintenance. Outsourcing ad hoc resources are invariably time and financially draining. And – in this busy world - unless you’re an IT specialist, it’s unlikely you have the time or skills to do it yourself.
Office 365, however, is automatically updated – it’s all done behind the scenes so you won’t even know about it. And with your old server gone, the only maintenance is paying your monthly bill and arranging for a quick increase or decrease in subscription, if needs be.
You can access Office 365 anytime, anywhere, on any device
Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, Office 365 is fully accessible anywhere with an internet connection. You don’t have to rely on server support in your office. Instead you have 24/7 access to the latest Microsoft services and applications
Office 365 is secure and guaranteed
Office 365 is highly secure, it has an uptime guarantee of 99.9%, with anti-spam and anti-virus included as standard.
Here’s what one of our customers in the financial services industry has to say:
“Frankly, any small or medium business that isn’t considering cloud is off their head. People need to get over any misplaced feelings of a lack of security. They need to come to terms with losing a degree of control, when they can no longer see their disks whirring. Once people get over their fears, their businesses can really benefit from packaged cloud.”
- Peter Howlett, CFO, Pactum
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