Making the Exchange 2000 Server ASP Decision

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Published: May 21, 2001


There are compelling reasons to examine outsourcing IT functions that are mission-critical, such as e-mail hosting, to application service providers (ASPs).

In this white paper, META Group presents the pros and cons of outsourcing messaging and collaboration services to an ASP that is using Microsoft Exchange 2000 Server. The paper includes a detailed outline of selection criteria and a process to guide IT managers towards determining the best fit for messaging needs.

META Group, Inc. helps companies make better information technology decisions by providing research and analyst consultation relevant to specific business needs. Offering advisory services, strategic consulting, and interactive/research reports, META Group differentiates itself through a commitment to personal service ("analysis in context"), bottom-line answers, and objectivity. To learn more about META Group, visit the META Group site.

Included in this document:

  • The Business Problem

  • The ASP Model

  • The Case for ASP Outsourcing Messaging Platforms

  • What's the Catch?

  • Making the Decision: Topics to Consider

  • Making the Decision: The Process to Get Started

  • The Bottom Line


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