Can someone suggest / recommend hosted corporate email service for an organization?

Posted on 2008-06-24
Last Modified: 2010-04-07
Hi. I might need to set up a client on a hosted email platform. Currently I host her web sites (several of these) and email accounts on a Windows 2003 server. The email server software that I use is SmarterMail 4.3.

Recently, SmarterMail 4.3 has become unstable on my server. The client has not had email in two days, which obviously is crippling to her organization.

I need to investigate hosted corporate email solutions for her.

Can anybody suggest or recommend a specific host or service for this?

I am very grateful for all ideas.


Question by:Eric Bourland
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Expert Comment

ID: 21856725
how many users and how much data? why not use a host service like

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by:Eric Bourland
ID: 21856788
Users = 80

Data = 1GB total -- the amount of mail on the server hovers around 1GB.

>>>why not use a host service like

I would like to maintain the web hosting on the current server, which is hosted at They do a good job.

I am looking for a reliable hosting solution that focuses on email. Something like:

Do you know anything about Rackspace? They seem to be the premier provider.

Thanks again for any advice.



Expert Comment

ID: 21857023
looks like a good solution. why don't you host Exchange yourself?
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Author Comment

by:Eric Bourland
ID: 21857068
It's complicated. =)

For one thing, the server that I use does not have enough system resources to run Exchange. Exchange really needs a dedicated server w/ 2GB system RAM.

Also my goal is to separate web hosting and email hosting.

Do you have any other suggestions besides Rackspace? I know they are reputable, but they are expensive.

Accepted Solution

PaperTiger earned 500 total points
ID: 21857188
I run an old dual CPU PIII 700 with 2GB RAM for about 300 people. not a problem - knock on wood.

Exchange really doesn't use a lot of resource. Web hosting uses even less resource - any $200 PC would run just fine.

If you only want POP/SMTP, godaddy would do just fine. if you want full Exchange, rackspace is fine.

Author Comment

by:Eric Bourland
ID: 21866048
We found a solution. We just opened a hosting account at NetWork Solutions. It's working out fine.

Thanks for the perspective and ideas.

Have a great day.


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