What do you think about a small firm like want to have their own exchange. I am sure they will spend way more $$ then if they would be hosted. The reasons are:
a.) The Newsletter Design (mass spam email). The newsletter is being sent through an internal MS Exchange 2010 server. The hardware we used is a 4 years old PC you had in the office. The hardware will be used is the new server purchased a couple of months ago. The new server will also run the 2 existing server. Meaning, 1 Hardware will run 3 virtual servers (Vmware essentials).
b.) SLP (email marketing provider) does not want to use the Opt-In feature all marketing systems impose before sending newsletter. Instead, SLP would like to send the Newsletter and monitor the responses and then take actions such as, removing subscribers from DL if recipients request and if they no longer exist.
c.) Maintain easy method to create and send Newsletter
d.) Archive/Backup all users incoming and outgoing email addresses.
e.) Retire 6 years old server. Parts are no longer available and if server crashes, systems can be down for a day or 2.
The Total cost of the new email system including new server:
MS Exchange Server 2010: $1,400
VMware Essentials: $499 [50% discount promotion]
Dell Poweredge T310: $1,809
Labor to setup system: $1,500
Maintenance Cost: $ Covered in the 4 hours per week plan.
Total Cost: $5,208
Do you think these are the valuable reasons to have exchange in-house for such a small firm? All these can be hosted for way less $$. The design proposed I think not very reliable and redundant.
Please let me know your 2cents opinions.