Business .com email - use a google ap to host a companys emails or imap to all clients ?

Currently have a hosting company for a business .com hosting email and www  

Emails are non exchange, we dont want exchange.
Im considering Imap for all clients but risk of loosing email data store at some stage and limitation of storage cap from hosting co for emails.  

Another option is getting google/gmail to host their .com emails
So emails would be sent received using a google mail ap.  Ive heard of this before but never seen it in action.  

What would you do?  imap or gmail ap?

Number of user ....
Computers - approx 3
Smart phones - approx 3
Business - small retail shop.
 
Also - Can the www stay hosted with the current hosting co and email be hosted by google?  Dont want to move the www.

Thanks.
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d0ughb0yConnect With a Mentor President / CEOCommented:
Either of those solutions would work for you. If you use Outlook on any of the desktops, Google Apps has an Outlook Sync Tool that will upload all your files from the PST file (where it's stored on your local machine, in Outlook), to Google. That means that all mail, contacts and calendar items will be placed into Google Apps, and read items will even be marked as such already. You would use IMAP for the smartphones.

If you don't use Outlook now, then you'll probably want to set up either system to do POP mail pulls from the existing mail provider, so that they have everything. They'll all be marked as new mail, if you do it this way, but c'est la vie.
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Joseph DalyConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Id go with google apps personally. What they offer are really worth the money they charge per month.

You can keep the WWW and mail seperate as these use seperate DNS entries.
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Imtiaz HashamTechnical Director / IT ConsultantCommented:
I would look @ Office 365 as a suggestion as it runs an Exchange 2013 environment.
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fcekAuthor Commented:
What do google apps charge PM?
Thanks.
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d0ughb0yPresident / CEOCommented:
It comes out to $50/yr/account, or $5/mo/account. But remember, not all email addresses in your business are necessarily accounts. If you have a group, for example, called Sales, and want that to go to multiple people - sales@yourdomain.com isn't an account, so that's free. If your name is Fred Smith, and your email address is fsmith@yourdomain.com, but sometimes people send you mail to fred@yourdomain.com, so you want that too - that can be an alias, which also doesn't cost extra. The only thing you're paying for are actual accounts - where someone will be logging in to get their mail.
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fcekAuthor Commented:
Hi d0ughb0y.

re .... The only thing you're paying for are actual accounts - where someone will be logging in to get their mail.


There will be 1 email account and approx 3 pc and a few smart phones.
So what would the cost be?  $50/yr total ?
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Imtiaz HashamTechnical Director / IT ConsultantCommented:
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Imtiaz HashamTechnical Director / IT ConsultantCommented:
I email would cost just £3.30 per month.
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fcekAuthor Commented:
Thanks, I am considering options now
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