We’ve been arguing for a while now on our blog that for SMBs (small to medium sized businesses), moving your email to the cloud is a good idea. It saves money, helps make IT staff more productive, and increases reliability in general for the businesses that drive our economy. But we want to help you move your email to the cloud, so we would think that, right?
Well Gartner agrees: the cost savings of email in the cloud are very real. In a presentation this week at the Gartner Symposium IT Expo, analysts Matthew Cain and James Lundy argue that by 2012, cloud email will cost over 50% less than the in-house alternative. And for storage costs, the savings will be even more dramatic: cost in the cloud is predicted to be 85% less than in-house.
For small businesses who are leading the charge toward 20% of all email seats being in the cloud by 2012, this is huge. Better email cheaper. Simple, and powerful, as that.