SmaterMail Exchange Compatible Mail Server

 12/23/2021 12:00:00 AM
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SmaterMail Exchange Compatible Mail Server

Microsoft Exchange is a great system that indeed requires IT support to manage it well. During 2021 we've pushed, tested, and built a system with the same core features as Microsoft Exchange but made specifically for small-to-mid-size businesses. With the latest build of our SmaterMail Exchange compatible email system, we can now match the core features of Microsoft Exchange, be faster, and charge less. Sounds good, but what do you get?

Email, Junk Mail, and Virus Filtering

We have to start with email as that is the point of an email system. Everything else is secondary. With our setup, we have three spam filters, four anti-virus systems, and phishing filters to help protect users from "not so nice" people.

Microsoft Compatible MAPI

There are tons of email clients that offer IMAP or POP3 support. Those work but for true Microsoft Exchange capabilities where email, contacts, calendars, and tasks sync automatically, you need MAPI. This is what Microsoft Exchange is built on, and the SmarterMail solution we run is the only product that has this capability built-in, and we provide it for no cost where others charge.

Hippa Compliance

We don't enable this out of the box except for those we talk to that need it. Our system allows archiving all inbound, all outbound, place disclaimers, and protecting user data.

Built-in Team Collaboration

One feature we use is collaboration. You have audio and video conferencing, group chat, and private chats that are built into the system. You can invite users who are not part of your mail system.

Hardware Expansion

In 2021, we saw a growth in email usage, and we took the time to triple the size of our hardware infrastructure and increase redundancies for our clients. We're ow over 10 TB (Terabytes) of storage and growing every month.

Who is this not for?

With all good things, a compatible system isn't as good as the original and I want to identify the key ones. We used the systems below years ago, switched, and we're not looking back. We were able to do that because (1) I'm the boss and said so -- ha ha; not really, (2) we evaluated for a solid month as a team, and we decided this would work very well for us, and (3) the savings allowed us to take the savings and re-investment into the team (e.g., can you say pay raises across the board? We can!)

  • SharePoint: If you are using Microsoft SharePoint, then this is probably not the right solution. I
  • Teams: If you are locked into Microsoft Teams that are built into Microsoft Exchange, this isn't the right solution. If you are open to changing and want to use the native functionality (e.g., free), switching could be a thought.

Conclusion

You can easily add Microsoft Exchange services directly from Microsoft at the cost of $5-10 per month per user. For a few users, this is a great option. If you expect and expand to grow, this quickly gets expensive and requires more IT dollars to be spent. Just because your business grows doesn't mean the costs have to increase. This is where a consultant can help you think smarter and more proactively.

We help our clients all over Northwest Indiana with training and bringing them onboard, and understanding the technology (and it's included at no charge!) Last week I was in St John, Merrillville, Gary, Knox, Trail Creek, and Valparaiso, assisting with new/upgrading their installations.


Available Service Flyers

Our philosophy has always been honesty (this is our rule #1) and transparency in our services. There's no reason to hide costs unless you have something to hide. We've found that those who hide fees charge more successful businesses more money because they can. We do not feel this is the way America was meant to be. We believe in offering a fair price to everyone for the work that is done.

We also believe that once you sign on with us, you trust us, and as our thank you to you, we "price lock" our services for the plan(s) you signed up for at that time. This means while you are on those services, the price will always be the same. As business owners, we appreciate this as it allows us to budget our business expenses better.