Companies that have just transitioned from Exchange 2007 to Exchange 2010 may not be keen to switch to Exchange 2013. This is understandable, given the cost of migrating and the cloud alternative. For such companies, a hybrid option of on-premise and cloud facilities becomes a viable option.
Exchange Online enables companies to achieve higher levels of performance and reliability in all internal and external communication aspects. While on-premise Exchange lowers a company’s cost of messaging and increases productivity, Exchange Online offers similar benefits but with more manageability, agility and the cost efficiencies of cloud based communication.
Organizations looking for more control on configurations and those wishing to customize their deployment based on performance, features, and security will find on-premise Exchange Server 2013 a good choice. On the other hand, users looking to extend feature-rich experiences and more administrative control of their on-premise and cloud solution should opt for a hybrid deployment.
IT managers need to consider the needs of their companies when searching for a communications solution. Things like speed, operational control, ability to customize the deployment, cost, archiving capabilities and installation location are some of the primary factors to be considered. Customized IT solutions that include hybrid deployments provide the best of both on-premise and cloud Exchange.
Both on-premise and on-line deployments have their place in the operations of an organization. However, when compared against each other, Online Exchange 2013 comes out as the clear winner for businesses.
On-Premise vs. Online Exchange
To begin, the cost of Online Exchange is significantly lower than that of on-premise deployment. While Exchange Server 2013 helps to reduce costs associated with high availability, deployment, administration and storage, these benefits are countered by the need to purchase and maintain hardware, upgrade software, maintain infrastructure and so on.
On the other hand, Online Exchange Server 2013 provides a deployment that can be scaled based on the needs of the business. Companies do not have to worry about laying out infrastructure or purchasing software to fully enjoy cloud services. Cloud Exchange also enables businesses to operate within predictable capital expenditures since the service is charged on a monthly subscription basis.
Exchange Online gives businesses a head start and eliminates most of the costs associated with starting a business. The service is offered on affordable subscription plans that can be upgraded or downgraded based on the needs of the company. Online Exchange also improves an organization’s productivity since it can be accessed from different locations by authorized employees. Not only does Online Exchange save money, but it eliminates the need for employees to be in the office to access work files.
If you are on the crossroads on whether to switch from on-premise to online Exchange, a hybrid solution is a good alternative. For more information, check out our blog about Cloud Hosted Services.
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Mr. Jake Kent is an Entrepreneur & Business Owner specializing in Information Technology. Jake has founded eight companies, to include Information Technology Consulting & Delivery, Investment Real Estate and Community Banking. Jake brings vision, leadership and a strong work ethic to the CEO role. He leads by example, possessing remarkable skills, experience and expertise across business strategy, operations, financial management and sales & marketing. Jake is a founder of the Matthew-Mint Hill Optimist Club and a Board Member of the Ballantyne IT Professionals Non-profit. Read More..