Google Enterprise vs Microsoft Exchange

Hey,

I'm considering a few options for a company email system and want technical expert opinion from those who have used these technologies and the pros and cons of each. I'm considering removing the Exchange 2007 for starter from our SBS 2008 server in Sydney. We have also recently moved to New York and have offices ready for some sort of mail system so need to look at the best option.

I'm evaluating if I should run Google Enterprise vs Exchange. What is the difference. Calendars etc...Are they the same? I also want to evaluate if its a good idea to go for a hosted Exchange server over a on premise?

1. Running Google Enterprise Solution
http://www.google.com/enterprise/

2. Running Exchange in a Cloud Hosted Solution?

3. Running Exchange on premise?

Look forward to the expert opinions!
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JoesmailAsked:
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RickEpnetCommented:
Have to say I do not totally agree with azeempatel

I would put it like this.

Google
Pros
1. Always available Well Mostly Some what Easy mobile integration with anything that uses activesync. Known issues.
2. Reduce administrative cost Yes for sure
3. Thunderbird Free email client can be used. Does not even come close to Outlook with Exchange
4. High Storage size Yes for sure

Cons
1. If your interne link is down you will not be able to use the service. Or if Goggle goes down. They do not often but they do have outages.


Exchange
Pros
1. Mailbox will be in house.
2. Access to your email, Calendar, contacts from anywhere pretty much. Easy mobile integration with anything that uses active sync.

Cons
1. Increase Administrative cost, you wil need professional Exchange Admin Agreed but with this comment If you are small enough to use SBS 2011 only for setup. Enterprise Setup yes and for normal adding and delete but you will not need a full time person or anything like that most can be done remotely
2. CAL License for outlook. Yes
3. Data Centre cost and management cost Yes
4. Less availability compared to Google service.
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Azeem PatelSystem AdministartorCommented:
Google
Pros
1. Always available
2. Reduce administrative cost
3. Thunderbird Free email client can be used.
4. High Storage size

Cons
1. If your interne link is down you will not be able to use the service.

Exchange
Pros
1. Mailbox will be in house.

Cons
1. Increase Administrative cost, you wil need professional Exchange Admin
2. CAL License for outlook.
3. Data Centre cost and management cost
4. Less availability compared to Google service.

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http://www.ictconsultants.in/
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RickEpnetCommented:
I also want to evaluate if its a good idea to go for a hosted Exchange server over a on premise?

This is a matter of preference. If you do not want to buy a server and maintain it go with hosted. If you already have dedicated personnel that can take care of this or you just feel better about having full control then on-site would be the way to go.
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JoesmailAuthor Commented:
Thxs for the comments and feedback!
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