Microsoft Exchange server has been a long time favorite email communication platform since the early days of email. It’s ability to provide a powerful message handling service combined with various integrations make it a nexus of collaboration for most modern businesses.
Most popular integrations:
- Outlook Web App – Connect directly to your Exchange server’s web interface to get an Outlook experience through any web browser.
- ActiveSync – Connect your cell phone or mobile device to sync your emails while on the go so you stay up to date while out of the office.
- Outlook Anywhere – Access your email from anywhere your laptop or mobile device with Outlook installed can connect to the internet. Doesn’t require a company provided VPN to sync.
- Office 365 Hybrid – Extend your on-premise Exchange server to the Microsoft cloud to provide a semi-hosted email solution. (Some organizations keep an Exchange server on premise to reduce internet usage between users communicating intra-office.)
- Skype for Business/Teams – Skype for Business and Microsoft Teams can integrate with your Exchange solution to provide real-time availability information and conversation history.
- Security – While not really just an integration, Exchange comes with built in security features as opposed to POP3 or IMAP solutions. However, Exchange has various information security vendors who integrate their products to provide a secure email messaging service to protect against malware and ensure privacy and data confidentiality.
Exchange Server is also a very scalable solution with two licensing versions for big and small organizations. The more affordable Exchange Standard provides most functionality but contains some limitations on the number of mailbox databases to 5 and the number of hosts in a cluster. You also don’t have features such as mailbox tagging and individual mailbox archives.
Exchange Server Enterprise is the full feature version that allows more mailbox databases, archiving features, and can expand exponentially. The cost per server is much higher but makes up for it in functionality in a larger enterprise.