MS exchange cloud webhosting alternative

Started by Seattle, Sep 26, 2022, 12:54 AM

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Greetings fellow members of the forum,

I am seeking recommendations for cloud hosting options that can serve as an alternative to MS Exchange. While the software suits my needs, the cost of $12.5 per use is too high for my budget. My objective is to monitor and regulate all inbound and outbound messages effectively through a user-friendly administration interface. Our current Google freebie lacks any such feature, leaving the admin panel non-existent. I'm interested in a solution that includes spam protection and content filters amongst other features.

When I speak of control, I mean to have the ability to perform hidden redirection of all incoming and outgoing messages, as well as group settings for User Zones (e.g., redirecting or unscrewing). Additionally, filtering options to sift through keywords in the subject line or script, as well as attachments like documents, PDFs, batch files, and executables, would be useful.

Do any of you have recommendations or insights to share on this matter?


Our company is currently migrating to Google's G Suite, and naturally, there are both advantages and disadvantages to this transition.

Firstly, the G Suite appears convenient to use, although its functionality is somewhat limited in comparison to other platforms. Secondly, we have encountered some challenges with email routing since making the switch. Thirdly, we are required to duplicate some of our messages to ensure they are properly received by their intended recipients.

However, the migration appears to be a more cost-effective solution in the long run. Have any of you experienced similar issues when transferring to G Suite or another platform?


Let's talk about some reliable alternatives to Microsoft Exchange Server for group work.

Ubuntu Server is a great choice if you're looking for an affordable solution, but it's worth noting that it does not have a graphical user interface. Instead, you'll need to configure it from the command line, which can be challenging even for seasoned Linux users.

If you're interested in a white label collaboration software that is easily customizable with powerful APIs, Open Xchange's OX Application Package is a strong contender. It's suitable for small groups and large enterprises alike and can be deployed on-premises, in the cloud, or as SaaS.

Zimbra Collaboration Server 8.5 is another trustworthy open-source option used by renowned companies like Dell, Comcast, and Mozilla. While hosting solutions for group work may cost more, they could help reduce your overall expenses.

With Google Apps for Business, you'll have access to Gmail and other crucial applications like shared file storage, calendars, and more. However, you'll need to consider trusting Google with your company's sensitive data.

Finally, Kerio Connect offers basic but user-friendly software for group work at a low cost per user. It's easy to administer and can be installed on-site or run from the cloud. While it may not be as feature-rich as Exchange Server, it could still be a worthy alternative for many companies on a budget.

Which of these options speaks to you the most?