Showing posts with label Exchange. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Exchange. Show all posts

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Differences Between Public And Private B2B Exchange

Differences Between Public And Private B2B Exchange

Businesses have the chance to determine if a private or a public exchange suits their business needs as well as their budgets. A public B2B exchange may be cheaper of the two as well as having well defined standards and procedures. Since a public exchange is open to any business that subscribes to it, businesses have a greater chance to recruit new customers and retain them. The main concern regarding public B2B exchange is the security of the information shared as well as the antitrust challenges and the viability of the exchange.

Public / Private B2B Exchange - The Differences
For larger enterprises, building and operating a private exchange can work to their advantage as they also get to control the infrastructure. They do not mind spending tons of cash as long as the work process is uninterrupted and there is a marked improvement in the supply chain coordination. They design the infrastructure of the exchange, and provide training to their staff as well as business partners effectively reducing operating cost, saving time and labor and ensure proper distribution of workload among its customers.

Some companies use both exchanges to do business, while trading sensitive data, they use a secure and reliable private exchange and while selling commodities or buying them, they make use of public exchanges as well as scouting for new business associates in public exchanges.

Some businesses prefer private exchanges as businesses can deal directly with customers unlike public exchanges, which act as a middleman. Public exchanges are used to dispose of excess inventories. Public exchanges however significantly reduce individual connection charges linking a business to its associates. Another factor influencing preference of private exchanges is the fact that not many public exchanges are actually making money, raising questions about their viability. Public exchanges have become more industry specific these days.

Businesses fear to use public exchanges, as they fear buyers will force them to lower their prices, it is true in a way as customers can find businesses that offer them the products they desire at the lowest prices. Private exchanges are less prone to security breaches and help establish central control over purchasing procedures and facilitate internal connectivity and it provides a competitive edge to its customers.

Private exchanges and public exchanges each have their advantages as well as disadvantages. Public exchanges offer small businesses a chance to utilize B2B networking to coordinate their supply chain, reduce costs, reduce inventories and establishing new customers and help retain them.

Private exchanges do not compromise on security, are flexible, scalable, and reliable and give the business a competitive edge. They however are very costly to design and implement, take a lot of time to build and require extensive changes to existing infrastructure.

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Top Five Benefits of Hosted Exchange

Top Five Benefits of Hosted Exchange

Using a hosted exchange service is the preferred option for many businesses. Removing the hassle of business email, hosted exchange boasts a myriad of advantages, probably too many to mention here but I have selected the top five and have set out the main features of each of these five benefits below.

1. Security: Any business is at risk from viruses, spam, hackers and scams. Hosted exchange services incorporate robust firewalls and systematic scanning of incoming email to prevent security breaches and provide peace of mind not to mention saved time and resources.

2. Reliable IT Support: The hassle-free operation of hosted exchange extends to a dedicated IT support team. Typically based at the same site as the exchange servers, these teams offer reliable, 24-7 support at a fraction of the cost of an in-house IT team or a third-party company. Every business needs support at some time and this on-site expert advice is worth its weight in gold.

3. On-the-go Email: Flexibility and mobile working are fundamental for increased productivity. In this day and age more and more companies have staff working from home or on the move and a hosted exchange services enable an organisation's employees to access their email account and contact data wherever they are and whenever they wish to do so.

4. Reducing the Cost of Complexity: Many hosted exchange services charge at a pay-as-you-go rate, eliminating hidden costs and up-front payments. Even more cost savings result from no need for maintenance, virus protection or set-up and coordination - there's just one simplified, outsourced cost which provides companies what they are looking for a simple effective system with a low cost base.

5. Futureproof Technology: Keeping abreast of the latest technology can be costly and time consuming. Thankfully, most hosted exchange services carry out continuous upgrades to hardware and systems, meaning that a company's email service will never be out of date. This allows members of staff to be free to work for your company and not be forever checking for software upgrades and implementing the same, saving you time and resources.

With these benefits and more, it is not hard to see why more and more businesses every year are turning to hosted Microsoft Exchange to manage their email and the security of their data.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Local Verses Hosted Exchange Server Cost Comparison

Local Verses Hosted Exchange Server Cost Comparison

Let's have a closer look at the breakdown of the costs of a local exchange server vs a hosted exchange service for an organization with 25 users. Please note that all pricing is for New Zealand in New Zealand dollars.

Hosted Exchange Costs


$ 100 one off per user cost to migrate all emails data to the new hosted exchange environment and setting up users new exchange email.

Monthly Cost

$ 23 per user per month, which includes spam protection (users can be added or removed as required)

$ 17 per domain per month, domain name hosting i.e.

So total first year cost for 25 users/email addresses is fixed at $ 9604 and then $ 7104 per year.

Local Exchange Server Costs

With a local hosted server the costs would hugely vary depending on whether you are going budget or purchasing high quality equipment and services. Therefore I have included a range, the reason being you can go cheap i.e. use second hand hardware, used a low skilled IT technician however these are false economies and it generally will end up costing you more in time and hassle fixing the shortcuts that were taken in the future.


A Server $ 4,000-$ 10,000

Backup hardware/software $ 2,000-$ 6,000

UPS $ 500-$ 1000 (stops your server being blown up with a power spike or power failure)

Microsoft Exchange Software & Licensing $ 6,100

Warranty $ 500-$ 1,000

Technician to setup $ 2,000-$ 6,000

Ongoing Costs

Backups & Restores $ 5,000-$ 10,000/year (1Hr/week either you or your staff charged at $ 100/hr)

SLA $ 500-$ 2,000/year

Fixed IP Address $ 240/year

Power $ 300-$ 400/year

Spam Protection $ 600-$ 2000/year

Domain $ 200/year

So total 1st year cost for a local exchange server setup will be between $ 22,000-$ 45,000 please note that does not include; technician time to perform updates, technician time to perform backups and restores when you or your staff can't do it, repair failed hardware, software upgrades or the fact that server hardware generally last between 3-5 years where you would have to go through the whole process of a new server and licensing expense again.

When you compare the costs over a 3 year period there really is no choice. To have a local server can vary wildly from $ 35,000-$ 75,000 whereby the cost of having a hosted exchange solutions for the same period will be fixed at approximately $ 23,812

(please note all costs are approximate, excluding GST and vary across different providers)

Dan Ballard is a Technology Writer and a IT Business Development Manager. He specializes in showing businesses and organization how to make the best use of technology.