Microsoft Exchange Server Finally Upgrades to the Cloud

| July 24, 2013

Microsoft Exchange Server Transfers to the Cloud, with Much Excitement

Exchange is one of the most popular services for business email—as well as contacts and calendar management—developed and controlled by Microsoft. Microsoft has been a trusted name in business technology since the rise of computers. Their consistency in delivering quality, user-friendly products for both business and personal use has made them one of the biggest names in the computer industry. This is why it surprised the majority of their clients that Exchange wasn’t one of the first technologies to be developed in preparation for the rise of cloud computing.

Online Options with Microsoft Exchange Server

Currently, Microsoft clients that use Exchange for their business email have a physical Microsoft Exchange Server installed alongside their in-house server equipment. This has always worked for both Microsoft and its clients—but with a shrinking number of businesses spending time and money on in-house equipment in favor of the virtual cloud, Microsoft has been forced to rethink how they deliver their software in a changing era.

The Microsoft Exchange Server has always incorporated an online option for companies that want to scale back on in-house equipment. This option, called Exchange Online Dedicated, simply takes a copy of the Microsoft Exchange Server infrastructure and installs it in their client’s data center, so they still have remote access to the program without the additional cost of equipment.

Exchange Online Standard: the New Business Standard for Microsoft Loyalists Moving to the Cloud

Last year, with the introduction of Exchange Online Standard, the Microsoft Exchange Server upgraded their technology to embrace the virtual revolution. Unlike Exchange Online Dedicated, Online Standard is an actual cloud that was designed to compete directly with Google’s acclaimed cloud email applications.

Apart from increased accessibility and virtual control, additional benefits featured in Online Standard include disaster recovery with built-in management and monitoring technology, less downtime when multiple servers are added to the program, and load balancing options that decrease data storage costs for clients looking to get more for their money.

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