We are in a hybrid environment with exchange on site\prem for mailboxes and some on the cloud using MS 365
June 07, 2022

We are in a hybrid environment with exchange on site\prem for mailboxes and some on the cloud using MS 365

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with Microsoft Exchange

We have a virtual machine running exchange and it is our email server. The scope of our use case is that this mail server is where all mailboxes are stored for end users in this hospital. The mail server is able to solve problems such as not being able to email many users at once, exchange resolves this issue by allowing us to create distribution groups, so if I email one distribution group many people will get that email if they are in the group. We have a hybrid exchange environment where some mailboxes are on the cloud but most on-prem using Microsoft Exchange.
  • Reliable access to email, calendar, and contacts including accessing these using a cell phone.
  • Very secure and can be used with third party firewalls systems.
  • Reduced Costs and Flexibility.
  • Updated a lot by Microsoft and is very popular.
  • The two main factors for the better reliability & Uptime of internally hosted Exchange Server depends on Exchange Server configuration and the level of investment the organization is willing to provide for hosting the Exchange Server On-Premise Environment. As the data is stored in the organization’s hardware, any disaster may lead to the loss of email and servers.
  • Losing data might affect business continuity and rebuilding it can be costly.
  • Security remains a major concern.
  • Security of data loss is main concern. To ensure that, organization needs to configure networks, systems and Exchange platform against possible threats.
  • Hardware and license costs are high.
  • Control of Exchange Data
  • Hybrid environment capability with Microsoft 365 and our mailboxes that are on the cloud.
  • Always up to date- With Exchange Online, you always have the latest solution for your email. You get access to all the enhancements and innovations for servers and clients as soon as they are released.
  • There is no need to plan for a long upgrade, as everything happens seamlessly. Your corporate IT teams aren’t involved in the change.
  • Your users can quickly adopt the changes to enhance their productivity.
  • One con and negative is that Migration to the cloud can be a hassle.
  • Depending on the Exchange version you’re running, the steps to complete the migration might require a lot of effort, starting with the prerequisites. Many businesses that are willing to migrate their services to Office 365 end up canceling the project when they run against this challenge because they lack support. However, If you decide to work with an MSP, you can benefit from expert advice and get a dedicated team that can guide you through the process. This will guarantee a smooth transition and quick adoption of Exchange Online.
  • One negative is the Increased Bandwidth, Some organizations, especially highly collaborative ones, will need to double or even triple their bandwidth upon moving to hosted Exchange.
  • End-user proximity to Server Performance and information access without the internet helps in improving Performance and access times as long as Exchange Server is well configured and set up.

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I have used Microsoft Exchange at many different places I worked, it is best suited for under 1000 users and anything above that should really be using ms 365 and the mailbox sizes ( default is 2gb for a mailbox ) tend to eat a lot of storage space in an IT infrastructure and this makes costs for an IT department go up. The reliability and uptime of your in-house Exchange solution absolutely depends on how much you are willing to invest in the platform. Guaranteeing a 99.99% availability or better requires a costly infrastructure.

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