Cloud vs. Data Center: Can't Decide Which Is Best for Your Exchange Install?

Sunday Mar 20th 2011 by Jabez Gan
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If you want the advantages of a local messaging server as well as those of cloud computing, it may be time to consider coexistence.

With Exchange coexistence, you get the best of two worlds -- the advantages of a local messaging server install as well as the advantages of cloud computing. But is it a good fit for your organization?


Organizations interested in some of the benefits of cloud computing have the option to run Exchange Servers in-house, but host mailboxes at Microsoft's data center. This is known as "coexistence," and it has its pros and cons, both from an IT manager's and end user's perspective. In this article, we'll consider the the implications of co-existence for both groups.

The advantages of Exchange Coexistence

The advantages of Exchange coexistence can be enumerated by looking at the benefits of each half a coexistence deployment.

An on-premises Exchange server managed by in-house IT enjoys these advantages:

  • Local emails sent/received more quickly
  • Lower WAN bandwidth requirements for HQ users
  • Data leakage minimized
  • Predictable maintenance

Read the rest of "Keep Exchange In-House and in the Cloud With Coexistence" at Enterprise Networking Planet

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