GMail vs Microsoft Exchange10 Dec 2007
Note: This article was originally posted on the WisdomGroup blog.
When Arizona State University shifted 65,000 users from their in-house email system to GMail, support calls went down and savings went up. The move saves the University $400,000 per year. Does it still make sense to have an in-house email server?
Four-Minute Video Description
Adrian Sannier, Information Technology Officer at ASU, outlines the problem and solution in this 4-minute video.
Migrating from Exchange
WisdomGroup migrated to GMail in November 2007 after nine years with Microsoft Exchange. The biggest benefits for WisdomGroup include:
- Savings in time & money. Every email system requires periodic maintenance and troubleshooting. Letting another entity manage our email means that we don’t have to manage it ourselves. Therefore we can focus on client projects.
- Huge Capacity. Currently 5GB per user (and growing).
- Same Email Addresses. Every email address at WisdomGroup remains firstname.lastname@example.org. To the outside world (people who send us email), nothing has changed. No need to change business cards, stationery, etc.
- Better antispam. GMail spends a great deal of time researching and deploying antispam measures. True, some spam still makes it through because no system is 100% effective. However, GMail’s antispam performance is better than other antispam software WisdomGroup has used. And you don’t have to maintain it, GMail does that for you.
- Web Interface. No need to specify POP, SMTP, or IMAP servers. Everything, including account administration, is handled over the Web.
- No Multi-Bucket Manual Archiving. Outlook may have given you the message “Would you like to automatically archive your email?” or something similar. When you archive in Outlook/Exchange, you end up with multiple buckets of old email. This is cumbersome when you want to search for an old message because you have to search each and every old bucket separately. GMail stores all of your messages in one huge bucket for easier (and faster) searching.
When to Outsource
If fighting spam has become a commodity service, why not outsource it? That way, your company can focus on those things that add value to the products and services you sell to your customers. Do you really want to spend time maintaining a mail server? Or do you want to spend time growing your company?