Google Business Apps vs. Hosted Exchange
Posted on 2009-05-07
Someone asked this question before but the answer seemed incomplete to me. I will give highest points to anyone with real-world experience with the PAID Google Business Apps (in particular email). But I'm interested in all responses :-D
I'm looking to migrate a company of 45 users to a new email system. I'm only considering hosted solutions-I do not want to do this in-house. I've worked with Exchange--it's fine for one email but Outlook completely sux if you are checking more than one email address and trying to use Exchange. I'm taking a hard look at the PAID full support Google mail as an alternative that will allow users to use different clients (i.e. Thunderbird, etc.) which are far better handling multiple IMAP accounts. Also of concern is archiving of emails--many accounts have 5-10Gb email so far so I will have to immediately implement an archiving solution. With Google mail this is built in (and they give you 25Gb to start); with Hosted Exchange it could be costly. Currently users aren't using "shared" calendars/notes/contacts although they do on an individual basis. I'd like to provide this as an option in the future.
Anyone ever used the "real" paid version of Google apps and would like to chime in? Anyone have suggestions for great hosted exchange companies with solid tech support? Thanks!