First, let’s be forthright: there’s no clear-cut rule that states whether hosting Microsoft Exchange Server® on dedicated servers or managing email systems in-house is better for your bottom line. Usually a hosted environment is less expensive, but not always. Luckily, there’s a relatively simple way to help you decide what makes sense for your business: figuring out your cost-per-mailbox.
Start by determining your annual in-house costs-per-mailbox. The per-mailbox price can vary widely, depending on the specific configuration and the number of mailboxes hosted by the chosen configuration. That being said, according to a recent report from a leading technology research company, typical costs run between $16 and $28 per mailbox. Obviously, configurations with more mailboxes usually have a smaller per-mailbox cost.
Every business has their own unique way of managing their email systems, but here are the factors you should consider to get an accurate idea of your cost-per-mailbox:
Hosting a Dedicated Exchange environment at Rackspace vastly simplifies the factors that determine cost per mailbox. One big thing you’ll notice is that you’re not buying or financing depreciating hardware.
There are choices you can make that will impact your hosted configuration and overall email hosting costs:
Even if you can’t answer all of these questions right now, we can help you figure out an estimated cost-per-mailbox. After a couple conversations with us about hosting your Microsoft Exchange Server® solution with Rackspace, you’ll be surprised at the overall value dedicated hosted email can offer. And, if nothing else, you’ll have the facts to help you make future decisions.
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