Some of my clients live in the dark age of fighting off email storage limits. To me this is a thing of the past. We are in the year of 2013, I can buy a 1 TB hard drive for $60 off of Amazon, having a 1GB email limit sounds absurd to me. Yet, there are many provides that take advantage of consumers who do not know any better. Begin a well informed consumer is always a benefit. I strongly advise anyone to do their own research and not relay on my words and/or opinions. Just for a quick compression, Google Gmail will give you 10+ GB for free. However, using Gmail is not always a good solution when you are a legitimate business and must maintain a professional approach. Seriously, put yourself in the shoes of your clients. If you were communicating with a sales person and got a proposal from the following 2 addresses, which are you more likely to not consider junk?
firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
It is obvious that the ladder is a better selection. You most likely already have a website for your company, if not, you should. So you have the domain name and regular email from your own hosting provide. For example, HostGator will say that you have unlimited storage. In reality, at 1 GB emails sent to your mailbox will bounce back to the sender. You could delete old email, but what if you want to keep some for archiving, marketing or even legal future usage? The answer is that you need more storage. In part, that is one of the reason I suggest to my customers to move to RackSpace for their email provider. You can still keep your domain name and hosting at different locations and just have your email service through RackSpace Email.
RackSpace offers 2 different packages, they offer regular email mailboxes for $2 per month per mailbox and for $10 they offer full exchange. This leads me to some “hidden benefits” RackSpace has. Quite often people like to use Microsoft Exchange as a way to scare people into buying equipment that can sum up to $10K and more. The truth is that if all you need is the following times, most likely RackSpace email will do the trick for you.
- 25GB Mailbox
The system will allow you to share contacts and calendar appointments as well as keep personal ones. In a nut shell, it will give you all the power of exchange without you having to worry or pay an arm and a leg. Now, Microsoft Exchange does have some more advance features. If you really need it, you could go with that option, for $10 you can have it all. If you want you can even take the system out for a RackSpace Email Test Drive. Here are some screen shoots of their system taken directly oof of RackSpace website:
I hope I at least got you thinking about your email service. Yes, you can get away with free email, but you usually get what you pay for. For my client RackSpace might work. For others it may not. We live in a “Zero Time Communication Age”. Internal and external digital communication has to be fast and reliable in order to succeeded. I feel confidante that the migration for my client will work well and that I will be able to share their experiences in the near future. If I have not convinced you yet, I suggest you start a chat with one of the RackSpace support or sale staff. They are always their to answer question and are very knowledgeable.