Hosted exchange you say? Instantly flashbacking to my school French exchange visit and all my memories are flooding back. Ah! Those were the days! There we were, a group of rowdy young English school pupils eagerly sent off to France to be hosted by local families, completely unaware of what they were letting themselves in for. We would improve our terrible language skills, have extra long lunches and most importantly, be able to buy wine at age fourteen in the local supermarche. Yes I could tell you all about hosted exchange…
Oh no, hang on…turns out hosted exchange is something completely different altogether…
Funny how these things work out as although I didn’t know the terminology until very recently, I had been using its technology for quite a while now and I feel it’s my duty as a self-confessed technological idiot to share my pain of general ignorance, the benefits of what exactly exchange hosting is and how it actually works in very simple terms. Bear with me.
Simply put, hosted exchange is a term for a company that hosts your email accounts on their super sized server. Does what it says on the tin. They manage your communication exchanges through their system. Now while this may seem potentially mildly useful, it actually provides many much more interesting possibilities to small businesses looking to expand in a secure and financially efficient way.
First point – it saves you money and let’s be honest, everyone likes to save money. Giacom’s minor monthly fee will cost you much less than buying your own exchange server and hardware, it will provide you with daily back-ups of all your emails and sent files, filter out irritating spam emails and block potential viruses. So far, so worth it.
Secondly and some might say more importantly, hosted exchange 2010 will make your life easier and what’s not to like about that? Hassle free and self managing, the service will automatically sync all your devices, calendars, notes and task lists across your company in up to the minute real time. It provides a safety net when time is precious or when perhaps sometimes face to face communication doesn’t always work.
Another fantastic feature of investing into hosted exchange is for your business growth. It allows new people to come on board, get involved quickly and instantly provide access to the inner workings of your company without all the technological faff or cost of using an in house IT department. More time freed up means more time to expand your client list. Leaving it to an experienced external company to manage your online life provides security and offers peace of mind which can only allow you more time to do the things that really matter, like reminiscing about French exchange visits.