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To host or not to host: cloud is the question. With the recent release of Exchange 2013 and Wave 15 of Office 365, you probably have a choice to make in the near future, particularly if you're one of the huge number who also use Exchange for messaging. Do you migrate to the newest version of Exchange, migrate to the cloud and …

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  1. ecofeco Silver badge

    So, yeah

    How's that cloud thing working out?

    1. Rob 62

      Re: So, yeah

      I've always been very sceptical about the cloud, but recently 365 and hosted exchange seem to be ideal for my OH's business. There are only a few people so they don't want the hassle/cost of maintaining their own infrastructure. By using 365 they get online shared storage and online emails/calendars etc plus word and so on. pretty much ideal for what they need.

      1. Brian Miller

        Re: So, yeah

        If you have a lot of people, it can be much slower than hosting it on-premises. But Exchange isn't exactly lightweight, so good luck with whatever you do.

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Re: So, yeah

          "If you have a lot of people, it can be much slower than hosting it on-premises"

          You missed out 'and are incompetent / incapable of specifying the required Internet bandwidth'

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        @Rob 62

        Welcome to the Register.

    2. P Taylor

      Re: So, yeah

      Well, given the 6 Office 365 "Reversals" I have personally done this year. Not so good I would think.

      Small companies have been quick to realise the additional support Office 365 requires, especially if you have a high staff turnover.

      Also...Need an important email recovered from a backup from say 3 months ago. Yeh, good luck with that too as one of my customers found out.

      In House, all the way.....

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: So, yeah

        Because that's not how it works. You have to specify how long to keep deleted items. The default retention policy removes items from the Deleted Items folder after 30 days, (but organizations can customize this setting).

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    What exactly are the differences between hosted and on-premise Exchange?

    Presumably this is some kind of trick question?

    It's been made perfectly clear what the differences are, "hosted" means the NSA/CIA/FBI are reading all your emails, "on-premises" means you can at least attempt to keep your business communications private.

    1. Peter2 Silver badge

      The substantive difference of course is that you pay for it every month instead of just paying once for buying the server. Adding up the yearly costs demolishes most business cases for hosted exchange.

  3. ATG

    Shouldn't it be "on premises"?

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