Hosted email systems – expert advice from Matt Barton at Ostrich I.T ServicesClick here to view the transcript
76% of all worldwide email accounts are free. These are classed as consumer accounts.
According to The Radicati Group, a technology market research firm, hosted email accounts currently stand at 929 million and growing at a rate of 5% per year.
But why should you pay for your email? After all isn’t email free? Yes it can be free to you, but somebody has to pay for the service.
Maybe you receive a lower level of service than you should? At the height of the Conficker virus in 2010 it was stated that upto 20% of all traffic to free email services was dropped due to the load on their systems. These emails could have contained lucrative orders or important business information for you.
Maybe you’re concerned about privacy? Google is currently defending a law suit against their right to access and read all emails sent to or received by their 425 million users.
Hosted email, no matter if it’s on your premises or in the cloud have guarantees attached to them. From their uptime, that’s how often they are available through to privacy, encryption and even where your data is stored. Maybe you work in an industry where you can only have your data stored within the UK or Europe? You can get that with hosted email.
There are numerous benefits from hosted email that can be easily tailored to how you use it. These include amongst others remote working, mobile access or collaboration.
The underlying question you need to ask, is email important to you and your business? If the answer is yes, then your business could benefit from what hosted email could bring to you. If not, you take the risk as to what free actually provides.