Best Email Cloud Services for Business

| March 28, 2013

In a world of data proliferation, email can be one of the biggest clogs on your company's servers. With electronic discovery law requiring retention of data for as long as seven years, this can create a significant burden. A solution for many businesses is to procure email cloud services, moving the burden of storage to off-site servers and using only what you need.

The trick, of course, is finding a reliable, secure service that meets your needs. Because every business will tailor its search to different needs, this article focuses on the best services for particular areas of functionality.

Best Email Cloud Services for Mobile Security: Microsoft Exchange Online

Microsoft Exchange Online works best on Internet Explorer. Because so many companies already use Microsoft Exchange, it adds a sense of familiarity for many switching from on-site servers to cloud services. You can access your account from your computer, a browser, or your phone. Perhaps more importantly, if you ever lose your mobile device, you can log in to access and remove sensitive information from that device.

Best Email Cloud Services for Managing a Changing Organization: Cisco WebEx Mail

Cisco WebEx Mail provides a fully managed email solution for businesses of all sizes. However, it allows on-site administrators to access and manage the system through a web-based console, so you retain as much or as little control as you want. Cisco also provides security and archiving solutions, along with migration tools that help ensure a smooth transition to WebEx Mail.

Best Email Cloud Services for Reliability and Value: Google Apps

As Google expands its cloud solutions and presence, its Google Apps has developed to provide a fully scalable solution for businesses. It offers Gmail with an integrated backup system in Google Docs—and an impressive reliability record with less than seven minutes of downtime per month. It also offers tremendous value to an organization, allocating 25MB of storage for only $50 per user per year.

Best Email Cloud Services for Complete Messaging: PanTerra Networks WorldSmart

PanTerra specializes in Software as a Service applications for small and medium-sized businesses. Its WorldSmart system is delivered through a 100% browser-based UC client from the cloud, deploying not only email services but also unlimited digital voice, fax, video, instant messaging, and mobile text over one user and administrative interface. It provides a full communications suite without the need for any on-site hardware or infrastructure.

Choosing the right email cloud services for your business means deciding what features matter most to you. If you're ready to move your company's email system into the cloud, contact us today for a consultation. We'll use our expertise to get you where you need to be.