Email is one piece of computing technology that is a cornerstone of any modern business, and with Microsoft recently releasing Exchange 2016, if you are running an older version of Exchange you might think upgrading is the natural choice. But with the hugely popular Cloud-based Office 365 offering so much, is it a better idea simply to switch? Essentially, you are choosing between an on-premise solution (Exchange), or a Cloud solution (Office 365), both of which have their strengths and weaknesses, leaving many confused as which path to take moving forward.
Connectivity is something that you may or may not have considered, but in rural areas where broadband is slower, Office 365 may offer a less reliable service; should your internet experience an outage then you will have no access to emails – unless you have 3G access on your mobile device of course! In this situation, an on-premise server such as Exchange 2016 might be your best option. Furthermore, if compliance is an essential requirement for your business, you could find that many Cloud platforms don’t meet your needs. Office 365 is fully-compliant with ISO 27001, ISO 27018 and SSAE 16 Audits, as well as EU Model Clauses for Data Transfer.
Another consideration is how much control you need over your system. Whilst Office 365 receives regular updates and new features, you won’t be able to decide which of these to accept. Updates for Exchange 2016 don’t come too far behind, and you can choose how and when they are applied; ideal if you prefer full control over your system.
There will, of course, be other factors that will affect whether your organisation is suited to upgrading to Exchange 2016 or opting to switch to Office 365. These might include budget and number of users or data recovery and backup, and these will very much differ from business to business. There really is no “one-size-fits-all” answer to the question of whether an on-premise or Cloud solution is right for you.
If you would like to get further advocacy on which solution is right for you, why not attend Blue Chip’s "Microsoft Exchange 2016 vs Office 365" event? Taking place on Wednesday 17th May 2017 and held in our brand-new boardroom at Blue Chip HQ in Poole, it is a chance to find out more about each option. Best of all, it's absolutely free! As Microsoft Gold Partners and leading IT Services Provider we are able to provide an unbiased view based on your business’ requirements.
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