Exchange Server Hosting
Hosting Options For Your Exchange Server
Setting up hosting for your company’s exchange server can be a bit confusing. Here we will go over what it is, what the benefits are, and when you don’t need it. We’ll also recommend some highly rated web hosts that specialize in this kind of hosting.
What is Exchange Hosting?
Some features of Outlook require you to have an exchange host. These features include:
- Ability to recall unread messages and send out another email, if desired.
- Schedule group meetings (you can even reserve rooms and equipment!)
- Delegate folder access and permissions for your workers.
- Secure offline backup of all files
- Extra encryption for all computers/Blackberries on the exchange server.
When You Need it:
As you’ve probably guessed from the above list of features, an exchange server becomes necessary when you have more than a few employees at a company. When you have multiple departments to manage, for example, setting file permissions is a necessary feature for keeping your company’s information safe and secure.
When You Don’t Need it:
If you’re a small company with only a few employees, the extra features of exchange hosting may not be as essential. If you don’t have a conference room to reserve, for example, then that feature becomes useless. Startups and small companies can getaway with regular Outlook features.
Recommended Exchange Hosts:
Who they are: Rackspace are essentially the Cadillac of high end business hosting. They are the top of the line and have special hosting plans set up for exchange server hosting (Microsoft even recommends them on their Outlook page!). Founded in 1998, Rackspace is based out of San Antonio, TX and has 9 datacenters worldwide. They are renowned for their hybrid cloud hosting platforms.
Go with Rackspace if: You want the most reliable solution for you or your company. They aren’t the cheapest hosts around but they do offer the most reliable uptime. (This means less headaches!)
Who they are: Most people have heard of Godaddy, even if they don’t have a website or domain name to register. Godaddy is attempting to change their brand to be more grown up, and offer some of the most budget friendly exchange server hosting around. Despite their reputation, Godaddy scores among the best in website uptime and reliability.
Go with Godaddy if: You want a reliable exchange server but need to work within a budget.
Also, Godaddy always has promo codes floating around the web, so you can save more money in the long term (Here’s a great resource).
Who they are: One of the world’s largest hosting companies, 1&1 started out in Europe but has become one of the largest U.S. hosting companies as well (they have an office in Kansas). 1&1 is, like Godaddy, a budget-friendly solution. 1&1 is actually the cheapest exchange server solution on this list. Despite their low price, they do offer some features that you would only expect from premium hosting plans (i.e. 25GB of storage per email account).
Go with 1&1 if: The price point is your most important factor. Support is the weakest of the three options on this list. But if you know what you’re doing and want the most inexpensive option, go with 1&1.
For More Information:
Outlook Info: For more information on what features you get with a hosted exchange server, check this out.
Rackspace FAQ: If you still aren’t sure whether to host your own exchange server or go with a host, Rackspace, has a very detailed and helpful guide on estimating costs.