Microsoft Leaves Huge Opportunity for Cloud Sellers

Today signals the end of a business workhorse – Microsoft’s Exchange 2003 Server – popular software that provides enterprise-class email, calendar, and contacts to business of all sizes.

This discontinuation poses the question: “Stay on site or move to the cloud?”. It also makes it all the more apparent that there’s an easier way to stay up-to-date with the latest server technology, and reminds us yet again that businesses are moving to the cloud for Exchange and that they’re doing it quickly…

According to the Cloud Industry Forum, the number of first-time cloud computing users has increased by 27% over the last 18 months alone. The organisation estimates that over 75% of UK businesses are using at least one cloud service formally. In addition, 80% of current cloud users have increased their spending in this area.

With this in mind, now is the perfect time for IT support companies to be selling cloud services, such as Hosted Exchange 2013, to businesses as a successor to on-site Exchange 2003 or Microsoft’s Small Business Server.

Nick Marshall, Managing Director at Giacom, the company behind MessageStream that offers cloud-based solutions to IT resellers up and down the country, has seen a dramatic change in the way businesses deal with their IT.

“It’s been amazing to see the change in the IT infrastructure for businesses since we entered the market more than 15 years ago.”

“Now more than ever, businesses are recognising the need to move to the cloud. By doing so, they’re making their business much more efficient whilst cost-effectively revolutionising their communications.”

“Furthermore, we’re increasingly seeing IT companies that are supporting these businesses embracing the opportunity given to them by the cloud, whilst making maximum profit with minimal effort.”

MessageStream delivers cloud-based IT solutions to over 2,000 IT support companies in the UK and Europe.

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David Dungay

Editor - Comms Business Magazine