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Why choose Exchange Online?
Posted by Gary Hocking on 20/09 at 10:00 AM Office 365,
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Data is becoming ever more valuable to your business and email is no exception to this rule.

Sending and receiving contracts or confirmation of bookings are just two types of activities that rely on email. This means the email hosting platform has become an important factor for businesses. We are now looking beyond just sending and receiving email with a requirement for more advanced features to improve security, stability and to allow users to interact with their customers around the clock.

Now that Office 365 has started to become the defacto choice for businesses for many of their cloud services, Exchange Online has made huge traction in cloud-hosted email and here are some of the reasons why:

Security and reliability
Anti-malware and anti-spam protection pre-check hyperlinks within emails before users click on them or sandbox unsafe malware and virus attachments from ever coming into your network by checking them first within the Microsoft cloud.  

Prevent critical or important data like credit card information, confidential documents, attachments or words/phrases from ever leaving the network or alternatively, give a message warning the user about what content they are about to send.

Globally redundant servers offer premier disaster recovery capabilities with a team of security experts monitoring around the clock to safeguard data and financially backed 99.9% uptime SLA to keep businesses online.

Automatic patching eliminates the time and effort to maintain the system as this is all done by Microsoft behind the scenes in a transparent way, keeping users productive and online at all time.

Visibility and control
With the easy-to-use, web-based admin centre, you have complete control and visibility of the Exchange Online environment.

Create new users, change passwords and see how many emails are being sent and received from the dashboard 24/7/365 from anywhere in the world – as long as you have an Internet connection.

Run In-Place eDiscovery across Exchange, SharePoint and Skype for Business to locate important data with quick search-and-find capabilities. As an administrator you can search across these Office 365 services from one place and gather the data you require, so no need to add mailboxes to your account to find important email, attachments or data.

Want to run BYOD in the business, but you also want to make sure your business data is kept safe? With built-in mobile device management, you can create mobile device policies to enforce PIN lock or, if the device is lost or stolen, you can delete important company data with ease.

Need to preserve deleted or edited mailbox items? With In-Place Hold you have this control with Exchange Online.

Ease of use
Tight integration with Outlook, web-based access and third party applications makes working with Exchange Online simple and productive.

Still retain the email, calendars, tasks, contacts, groups and sharing applications you are used to, but with Exchange Online you are more secure and resilient - and more cost effective than running on-premise Exchange Server.

Using the In-Place Archive, you no longer need to be on your local network to access your archived data that was saved on site. As long as you have an Internet connection, you can access your archived data in the same way as you would with your mailbox with 50GB of storage per user.

*Some features require Exchange Online Plan 2 or an Enterprise plan.

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Gary Hocking on 20/09/2016

Gary moved from a senior technical role into presales bringing with him a wealth of knowledge of our product portfolio.

An IT engineer since 2008 and then an IT consultant, his expertise includes virtualisation, disaster recovery, business continuity, dedicated & hosted exchange, cloud and Microsoft Server technologies, anti-spam & anti-virus protection, content filtering, LAN, WAN and Wi-Fi, and Internet connectivity.

Away from IT, Gary recently took one for the team when he competed in and won an inter-departmental doubles canoeing challenge singlehandedly, despite a near-drowning experience when he was younger. #hero