Email in the Cloud: There’s real money to save says Gartner

Filed in by Michael Ferranti | October 22, 2009 6:09 am

We’ve been arguing for a while now on our blog that for SMBs (small to medium sized businesses), moving your email to the cloud is a good idea. It saves money[1], helps make IT staff more productiv[2]e, and increases reliability[3] in general for the businesses that drive our economy. But we want to help you move your email to the cloud, so we would think that, right?

Well Gartner[4] agrees: the cost savings of email in the cloud are very real. In a presentation this week at the Gartner Symposium IT Expo, analysts Matthew Cain and James Lundy argue that by 2012, cloud email will cost over 50% less than the in-house alternative. And for storage costs, the savings will be even more dramatic: cost in the cloud is predicted to be 85% less than in-house.

Source: ZDNet[5]

For small businesses who are leading the charge toward 20% of all email seats being in the cloud by 2012, this is huge. Better email cheaper. Simple, and powerful, as that.

Endnotes:
  1. saves money: http://www.rackspace.com/email_hosting/blog/2009/08/exchange-runs-business/
  2. make IT staff more productiv: http://www.rackspace.com/email_hosting/blog/2009/10/how-happy-is-your-it-staff/
  3. increases reliability: http://www.rackspace.com/email_hosting/customers/better-business-bureau-pittsburgh/
  4. Gartner: http://www.gartner.com/technology/home.jsp
  5. ZDNet: http://blogs.zdnet.com/BTL/?p=26293

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