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Combating the Increasing Cost of Email

Have you considered implementing a Mail Server that can help your business significantly reduce the costs of email communication while continuing to provide users with a best-in-class messaging and collaboration solution? Overall costs, server security, collaboration features and ease of administration are just a few of the criteria of the analysis.

Today, email is absolutely mission-critical. Communication and collaboration keep your business running. Email and electronically enabled collaboration have become so embedded in normal day-to-day operations that many businesses simply could not function without them. These services enable everything from productivity enhancing collaboration between employees to external communications with customers and business partners and demand 24×7 availability.

Many businesses, however, have found that the cost of providing employees with the latest in messaging and collaboration technology is rapidly escalating. To meet modern business needs, mail servers have had to become more complex – and with that additional complexity come additional management burdens and costs. Furthermore, some mail servers have an upgrade process that is both extremely complex and extremely costly and which may necessitate the purchase of replacement server hardware. Combined, these factors place a considerable drain on corporate resources. The problem is especially severe for small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) which usually do not have access to the same financial or technical resources as large enterprises. In fact, the cost of upgrading has forced many SMBs to expose themselves to risk by continuing to use an older and unsupported version of their mail server.

The escalating cost of email

Empowering workers with sophisticated communication and collaboration technology is not a luxury, it is a necessary cost of doing business. However, it is also a cost that has escalated to a point that many businesses are finding difficult to bear. Take Microsoft Exchange Server™ 2007, for example. Exchange Server is the most widely used business email platform and is undoubtedly an extremely capable product – but it is also highly expensive:

Should you outsource to combat costs?

Increasingly, businesses are considering outsourcing as a method of reducing costs. Hosted mail solutions do have the potential to reduce costs, but it is a step which businesses should consider very carefully. Does it really make sense to outsource something as mission-critical as email? What would happen if the hosting company were to go out of business? What backup arrangements are in place? What level of support is offered and is that support available 24/7/365? What about redundant network connections and backup power supplies? What security is in place at the data center?

Outsourcing is not necessarily a bad option, but nor is it necessarily the best option and prior to deciding to delegate their email to a third party, businesses should explore other possibilities, such as switching to a mail server that enables them to keep their email in-house without breaking the bank.

AXIGEN: a solution that supports your business goals and your budget

AXIGEN Mail Server™ has been designed to enable businesses to cut costs without cutting corners. AXIGEN delivers the security, mobility and adaptability which modern businesses need and demand – at a price they can afford:

* Cost efficiency. AXIGEN is extremely affordable. While migrating 50 users to Exchange Server 2007/Windows Server 2003 R2 would cost more than $7,000, AXIGEN Business Edition can be deployed for as little as $525. Additionally, as it can be run on almost any hardware, businesses will not need purchase additional server hardware.

AXIGEN’s completely transparent per-mailbox licensing model enables you to keep down costs by buying only what you need. You do not need to buy CALs, you do not need to pay for hidden costs in order to be able to access certain features and all AXIGEN add-ons clearly described and priced.

In addition to the Business Edition, AXIGEN is also offered in a Service Provider Edition, in an Enterprise Edition and in a no-cost Office Edition. Whatever the size of your business, you will find an edition of AXIGEN that meets your needs and is within your budget.

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