Microsoft Exchange is undeniably powerful — but it requires expensive hardware and gobbles up IT overhead. It’s also complex and time consuming to administer. And now that the popular Microsoft Small Business Server (SBS) has reached end of life, small and mid-size businesses are left scrambling for an affordable email alternative.
Rather than embrace the Microsoft Cloud, pay extra to keep your email client out of it, or seek out other options, consider Kerio Connect. This feature-rich, yet easy-to-administer Exchange alternative, deploys on premise or in the cloud — and offers an Exchange–like user experience that supports Outlook (and other popular email clients).
This table compares how each of the options you may be considering address five key criteria:
|Microsoft Cloud||Microsoft Exchange||Kerio Connect||Google Apps|
|Keep email on-premises||No. Cloud email is mandatory.||Yes.||Yes. Kerio supports both Cloud-based and on-premise options.||Google offers only Cloud-based email.|
|Total cost, compared to SBS||Probably higher, due to per-user subscription pricing.||Cost is significantly higher for two separate Microsoft server licenses plus per-user CALs.||Probably less expensive for on-premise deployment (comparable to SBS), but considerably less than Exchange (option 2). Cloud-based pricing depends, and is based on per-user subscription pricing.||Depends, but is based on per-user subscription pricing. No perpetual license option.|
|Potential disruption to end users||High potential. Workflows using public folders and custom code must be reworked.||Low Potential.||Low Potential.||High potential of disruption because the user experience is very different, requiring training and reworking of business processes.|
|Ease of administration||Difficult to administer. A hybrid half-Cloud / half-on-premise deployment is significantly more complex.||Very difficult to administer: two servers instead of one increases complexity, plus Exchange is notoriously difficult to administer.||Very easy to administer, but still provides advanced administration functionality.||Easy to administer, but lacks advanced administration functionality.|
|Commitment of vendor to small & mid-sized businesses||No.||No.||Kerio specifically targets small to mid-sized businesses and service providers, not large companies.||No.|
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