Hosted Exchange Is More Than Just Email

Filed in Cloud Industry Insights by Lizetta Staplefoote | May 24, 2012 12:04 pm

Along with relieving the burden of email management by giving companies the infrastructure and expertise to run Exchange without having to stand it up or keep up with patches, scaling, and updates; Hosted Exchange combined with Outlook also delivers other important business benefits. What else can Exchange and Outlook[1] do beyond email? Here are our top choices:

Digital organizer: Inside the email interface, you’ll find a place to access the company directory and your individual contacts; view and update your calendar; and manage tasks. These functions work hand in hand with email to create calendar entries from email invites, create group email messages from your contacts list and automatically turn an email to an item on your task list. Other features like Scheduling Assistant, resource sharing and social network integration help to further centralize and streamline common business activities.

Anywhere access: Your level of responsiveness can be the difference between gaining or missing out on new business. Being able to instantly receive and act on an email message gives you an edge. Exchange empowers instant access so that when an email is sent to you, it’s immediately pushed to your desktop, laptop, tablet or other mobile phone. Layer BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) or Active Sync service[2] to automatically sync messages, plus your calendar, contacts and more to iPhone, Android or BlackBerry platforms.

Admin control: Hosted Exchange gives admins an intuitive management interface[3] to launch tasks that can take days in an onsite environment. For example, you can add multiple Hosted Exchange users in minutes. An onsite deployment may require buying more licenses, adding hardware and installing security software. In addition, permissions, security, storage and mobile access are all point-and-click jobs in the control panel instead of nightmares troubleshooting directories, mobile server integration and access control.

Only at Rackspace: Hosted Exchange customers at Rackspace get a free 250MB SharePoint site[4]. Integrate SharePoint with Exchange and Office programs to create workspaces to foster collaboration, manage large team projects and store and share company documentation. It’s a free opportunity to test out how SharePoint works for your business and enables company-wide communication.

Watch this short video for more ways Hosted Exchange goes beyond email to support business users’ needs. Learn more about Hosted Exchange at Rackspace[5] and sign up for a free trial to explore it for yourself.

Endnotes:
  1. Exchange and Outlook: http://www.rackspace.com/apps/email_hosting/exchange_hosting/outlook_server/
  2. BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) or Active Sync service: http://www.rackspace.com/apps/email_hosting/exchange_hosting/on_your_mobile/
  3. an intuitive management interface: http://www.rackspace.com/apps/control_panel/
  4. a free 250MB SharePoint site: http://www.rackspace.com/apps/file_sharing/hosted_sharepoint/
  5. Learn more about Hosted Exchange at Rackspace: http://www.rackspace.com/apps/email_hosting/exchange_hosting/

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