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We are looking at moving our Exchange environment to a hosted solution. Currently we have:

Two E2K10 servers set up in a DAG
320 users
Several hundred DL's
50 servers that connect to the exchange server to send email internally and externally
Black Berry server
Active sync
current total DB size is around 250GB

Looking to also add:
redundancy
ability to archive emails in case of ediscovery

I am not sure if any hosted solution will be able to take in these needs. Someone mentioned to me Office 365. However I'm not sure what else is out there or how they compare. We do a lot of adding and removing DL's, new hires, etc.

Not sure if this make a difference, but we have several people who work from RDP, home users and a couple people in different countries as well as 3 offices in different states. they all connect to us in HQ via MPLS lines.

Looking for suggestions. thank you.
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I would first ask what is the reason for moving to cloud, it is just everyone is moving to cloud, so why should not we also move or you have any business reason. Remember, hosted solution is like hiring a cab every time and pay money for small task also. Whereas, if you have your own car, you just need to add gas and few regular maintenance with full control.

Office 365 is one good option, but MS is not cheap in any case, specially the way they charge the per hour based support from customer. Vendor need money and they know how to get it.
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One of the main driving forces is that we don't want to have to worry about the hardware and software maintenance. We recently had an issue where our backup software wasn't deleting the logs and after a few days with Microsoft support they said our databases were corrupt.  We had to move mailboxes from the databases, delete the databases and recreate. that took several days to complete.

No one knows why it was corrupt. MS gave us some generic suggestions but that pretty much took one of my guys out of commission for a week to tackle that problem. does this always happen? No, but our users are married to email so any downtime, no matter how small is an end of the world scenario for them.

Granted, going to a hosted provider we may have issues as well but I would like someone else to worry about the upgrades, backups and up time.
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thank you both for your feedback.