Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite Offers Cloud Alternative to Hosting Your Own Exchange Server

EVERY business needs email and of course, Microsoft Exchange is the perfect solution for most businesses, however, the cost of purchasing, deploying and maintaining a server, or even multiple servers to host email can easily exceed the budget of a smaller business and in some cases, even larger businesses. Fortunately for them, there are alternatives. Sure you could use Google Mail / gmail to handle your mail, but for most people, they want Exchange, because they already use it and love it. There are many reasons why you may want an Exchange environment.

One alternative is from Microsoft and is known as BPOS, or Business Productivity Online Suite. The basic offering is for Business Productivity Online Standard Suite and is a set of messaging and collaboration solutions hosted by Microsoft, and consists of Exchange Online, SharePoint Online, Office Live Meeting and Office Communications Online.  These online services are designed to give your business streamlined communication with high availability, comprehensive security, and simplified IT management. Your business benefits from always up-to-date technologies that are deployed rapidly, maximizing your valuable IT resources and reducing your need for infrastructure investments. (As borrowed directly from Microsoft’s product description).

What does this mean for you? Well for one, it could mean that deploying a new server that handles all these functions, or updating your current machines and software and then performing the support and service functions that are required could be avoided. This solution isn’t right for everyone obviously, however it is worthy of consideration by a few select business customers. Please contact us to find out if this can apply to your business.

We are a Microsoft approved Business Productivity Online Suite vendor. Regardless of whether your business is in Greenville, the Upstate or even in South Carolina, we may be able to help you with these tools.

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