One hot button topic that is prevalent in today’s IT world is email hosting. Should your company migrate its email to the cloud, or continue to be hosted internally? A few years ago, “moving to the cloud” was seen as a tech fad that, like others, would subside over time. It’s more obvious than ever that the cloud is here to stay. So here are a few reasons why you should have your email migrated to the cloud.
If you’re managing your email in house, you would face the cost of purchasing hardware, an operating system, an email platform and staff to support it. Once all of this is in place, you will then incur the large upgrade costs that come around every 3 to 5 years. If you choose to have you email hosted in the cloud by a Managed Service Provider (MSP), all of those costs are migrated to operating expenses. This means a more predictable budget and cash flow that is more readily available to your organization.
Running your email internally requires you to house your own hardware in your office space. This, like any other piece of equipment, is susceptible to having unexpected failures. Should you be caught in the unfortunate situation where your email server is down, your company email will stop flowing until you can get things up and running again. Microsoft and Google, the two largest cloud email providers, guarantee a 99.9% uptime, relieving you from the stress that comes with running your own email server.
The ability to scale up or down is crucial for a business’ viability. Having your email hosted on the cloud offers the ability quickly add or remove users and resources with the click of a button, while having the added benefit of offloading the responsibility of managing the data footprint of your company’s email to your provider.
No matter where your email is currently hosted, your company can easily migrate its email to the cloud. Most email providers can do the migrations for you, or reach out to your MSP for support. There’s a ton of migration tools available at your disposal. Migration Wiz is a third party tool that does a lot of the heavy lifting and can make the migration quick and painless.
The cloud is becoming one of the most used tools in technology. Its ability to store and secure large amounts of data makes it optimal for email hosting. If you are contemplating migrating your email to the cloud contact The TNS Group and together, we will make 2017 a huge success.
By: Joseph Fernandez, Engineering, The TNS Group