What is Hosted Exchange?
Chances are you’ve probably heard of hosted exchange email, but do you know exactly what it is and
whether it’s the right choice for your business?
Also referred to as Exchange Online, hosted exchange is a cloud-based telecommunications solution
that supplies a server for users to store their Microsoft email box. Businesses can rent the server
space from Microsoft Exchange, allowing them to centralise their emails into one database on the
cloud. It is employed and configured through a service provider’s platform, and can be accessed via a
secure network, or VPN.
Hosted exchange is a cloud-based solution, or SaaS (Software as a service) which means it can be
accessed over the Internet via any connected device. It gives businesses the scope to access their
emails, calendar, address book and documents remotely, alongside ensuring the data is kept secure.
The advantages of hosted exchange
Usually, hosted exchange is best suited to smaller businesses who lack the capacity to host and
manage their own email server, due to reduced resource or limited workforce. However, it can be
argued that hosted exchange has many advantages for any modern business.
When using the majority of email servers, you will be restricted to using the pre-set domain
name in your email address, such as @gmail.com, @hotmail.com and so on. However,
hosted exchange offers you the flexibility to fully personalise your email domain name. This
means you can have an email address that includes your business name, for example
Technical issues are taken care of
Rather than relying on your in-house technical team to resolve any technical issues that may
arise, when using a hosted exchange all of these issues are resolved by a large, dedicated
offsite team. This allows you to stay focused on your business and company tasks, rather
than getting bogged down by IT issues.
Hosted exchange allows you and your employees to access your mailboxes from