Do you have an On-Premise Exchange server that is reaching it’s end of life? Are you suffering from constant email outages that disturb your workflow? Whatever the reason may be, there is no time like the present to make the move to Office 365. Migrating your email to Office 365 may seem like a considerable undertaking, but the benefits are significant. Lower up-front cost, lack of required maintenance, 99.9% up-time, and the pressure free lifestyle that it provides.
Today we are going to break down how Office 365 can benefit your small business and why now is the time to kick that old Exchange server to the curb.
Avoid Downtime –
Most business owners can agree, access to their email is critical to their day-to-day. So, it is crucial that email access is uninterrupted. On-Premise solutions can crash or fail for a variety of different reasons. It could be something as simple as your building losing power. And it always seems to happen at the most inopportune times. Speaking from experience, Exchange server issues are rarely an easy fix. You could be faced with hours of downtime, if not days.
With Office 365, email downtime becomes less of a concern. Access to your email is backed by a 99.9% uptime agreement. If you have internet access or cell service, you will have access to your email.
Since Office 365 is a cloud-based service, there is not infrastructure to maintain. No more costly Exchange server licenses, no hardware repairs and you will never have to spend thousands of dollars on a new email server again.
Office 365 offers a wide variety of plans to choose from so each user will be provided with exactly the tools they need, and no more. Their predictable pricing model will make IT budgeting simpler and the flexibility allows your business to scale.
Ease of Access –
Office 365 will provide you all of the features you had with your On-Premise server and then some! You will be able to access your email securely, from anywhere. Smartphones, tablets, and personal laptops can all access Office 365 via their web portal or through the Outlook application. No complicated settings or configurations. All you need to access your email is your email address and password.
Office 365 provides many simple to implement features to secure your email environment. One free, easy to use security feature is Multifactor authentication. By enabling multifactor authentication for Office 365 you can prevent unintended access or “hacks” of your business’ email accounts.
Since it is managed by Microsoft, Office 365’s security features are always up-to-date. On-Premise Exchange servers can be vulnerable to cyberattack if they are not regularly patched with the most recent security updates.
Disaster Recovery –
While Office 365 does not protect your emails from accidental deletion or disgruntled employees (this problem requires a different solution), it does protect your email infrastructure from disaster. A fire, flood or hardware failure you could mean the loss of your On-Premise server and all of the data it stores. Office 365 provides data redundancy in multiple data centers, ensuring your cloud data is safe from disaster.
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