Looking for a solution to outsource Exchange...here's one solution and the opportunity to combine Office Communicator at the same time..."If you think Exchange is difficult to set up for a small business, think about setting up Exchange and OCS," Bradbury said. "It's an absolute nightmare for SMBs to do this."...and I can't agree more, so many times especially in health care I see so much time devoted to just keeping up with Exchange on older systems, that other data needs get put on the back burner....especially where IT resources are slim...with hosting you get the licenses, share point services, virus and back up...and someone else to chase issues...and more time to attend other pending installations and upgrades...BD 

Intermedia on Tuesday will begin offering Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS) as a hosted service on a subscription basis for $7.95 per user, per month, said Rurik Bradbury, vice president of strategy for Intermedia. The service initially will be available to users of Intermedia's hosted Exchange service, which costs $12 per user, per month. Eventually, the OCS service will be available independently of that service, he said.

Intermedia is a SaaS (software as a service) provider in New York and one of Microsoft's hosting partners. Microsoft also offers Exchange as a hosted service, and eventually plans to offer OCS as a hosted service, but has not specified when. Other Microsoft hosting partners such as USA.net and Apptix also plan to offer OCS on a hosted basis but have not done so thus far.

Microsoft partner first with hosted Communications Server | InfoWorld | News | 2008-01-28 | By Elizabeth Montalbano, IDG News Service


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