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hi guys,

we are spending a lot of money for an IT guys and multiple servers(exchange, database, terminal server, active directory).
Is there any web(cloud) base solution  that can replaced  a domain network, can we operated on a hosted domain - please advise


what is windows azzura?
maybe a combination of tools?
thanks
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What you should really do is make a lost of features you want and then research suitable replacements. Are there cloud-based alternatives to exchange? Sure. Will they fit your needs? Depends on what features of exchange you use. Office365, for example, does not offer public folders.

For domain controls, you may want the granular control group policies offer. Or maybe something like Windows Intune will be sufficient for your needs.

So basically there is no easy answer to your question.

In many respects, IT is like a doctor. You should trust your doctor's advice. This is a conversation you should have with your "IT guy" that you are spending all this money on. If you don't trust him, you shouldn't be paying him. But you certainly should not go it alone any more than you hold try to self-treat cancer.

And like a doctor, it is perfectly reasonable to get a second opinion (and pay for it) from another IT Pro. But this should be done with your primary guy's knowledge and consent. He will be able to answer questions and explain scenarios to the second person that they may not be able to understand without his input if you try to do this surreptitiously.

I've done plenty of IT audits for companies with dedicated IT staff. Some guys were good. Some not. But that all comes out in the interview phase, and it leaves the company owners with a greater sense of trust and confidence in their IT assets including their personnel. Don't skimp on this step.
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If you do the math, the prices are often competitive - there are certain advantages - but usually, it's not the "obvious choice" in my opinion to move to the cloud.  The advantages of the cloud is PREDICTABLE monthly charges for the server side.  But what about your workstations?  Printers?  Internet connection and networking?

It sounds like you have the wrong consultant - have you asked for proposals from other consultants?  

Are you paying by the hour (so it's beneficial to the consultant when you have problems and more systems?) or are you paying a monthly flat rate for service (which often benefits you because the more time the consultant has to spend on site, the less profit they are making so it's in their best interest to minimize the complexity and problems you experience).
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by:Lee W, MVP
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This is written towards the IT consultant - but it may help you better understand the different pricing structures:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/ITPro/Consulting/A_6633-Becoming-A-Small-Business-IT-Consultant-Choosing-a-Business-Model.html
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by:Neil Russell
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One of the BIG considerations has to be "How stable is your internet conectivity?"
If you can't guarantee 100% 365/24/7 connectivity then can you run your business without Active Directory and exchange access?

It is often an overlooked issue.

I know that most people consider that in this day and age that Internet Connectivity is taken for grantage but what happens when there IS a problem?
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