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Linux mail server setup in LAN or Cloud

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As of now we have outsourced mail services we have around 400 users. Service provider has placed the linux box in my LAN for fetching the messages, now I have been asked to setup the linux mail server using zimbra  for this we have upgraded our leased line bandwidth to 6 mbps and also another ISP for the backup also procured Vmware vsphere product and subscription and EMC storage, we have two servers with good configuration , over all the plan is to achieve the HA cluster.

But still iam little bit afraid thinking is it a good or recommended practice to purchase the linux box on cloud which has antispam protection and deploy the mail server so that mail server will be running on the cloud with good service provider which has antispam for the mail services and need not worry if ISP fails mail bouncing problems.

1.      Is it recommended to implement the mail server in the LAN by using the above mentioned infrastructure
2.      Please suggest me purchasing the linux server from the cloud is recommended if yes please suggest the best service provider will purchase the linux server on the cloud with them. Iam looking for unlimited bandwidth usage as we have 400 users and the antispam control support, please suggest good such cloud service provider.

Please help thanks in advance.

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Some of the questions that need to be answered would be :

Whats is your budget ?
And second , how concerned are you about the emails being hosted in some external cloud storage vs hosting them locally and thus keeping all mail data within.

In general I would recommend external cloud solution , as there are reliable solutions available and you can reduce lot of headache that can come with hosting it locally in LAN , lot of management overhead etc. Of course hosting locally will give you full control on how you handle each and every bit, but again that depends on if this is what you want.

Google Apps is one solution to look into if you have not explored it already www.google.com/Apps/Business , below link has pricing and feature list http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en-GB/business/features.html

Another possible solution is by Microsoft  http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/office365/online-software.aspx


An article comparing in-house vs cloud based solutions :

http://itmanagement.earthweb.com/netsys/article.php/3859546/Cloud-vs-In-House-Choosing-an-Email-Solution.htm
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Thanks for the reply, My budget does not match the googleaps or office365. Management is expecting to setup in the LAN as the infrastructure is already inplace. also procured the zimbra netowrk edition. but my doubt is it recommeded to setup in the LAN or purchase the dedicated linux server on clould. can you please suggest good service provider for the dedicated linux server which has an antispam like iron port for the mail services.








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Rackspace has some good cloud based solutions, they provide some good spam filtering service with their email and exchange solution detailed at http://www.rackspace.com/apps/email_hosting/rackspace_email/spam_filtering/ , but you can try checking with them as they may able to provide same spam filtering solution at some additional cost for your own zimbra hosted solution with them.
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