iiNet Hosted Exchange: Can It Fight 365?

ISP iiNet has launched a hosted version of Microsoft Exchange aimed at small business users. That puts it in direct competition with the Telstra-delivered Office 365 service, but despite similar pricing there are some differences between the two products.

iiNet's hosted Exchange offering costs $2.95 per user per month for a basic mailbox with 3GB of storage, or $6.95 a month for a larger 25GB mailbox and the ability to sync emails and receive push notifications. Both services are offered on a no-contract basis and hosted out of iiNet's Melbourne data centre, and run on Exchange 2010 SP2.

The lower entry price point, Australian hosting and lack of a contract all distinguish iiNet's offering from Office 365. A basic hosted Exchange service from Telstra costs $7.00 a month, but requires a contract and is hosted out of Singapore.

iiNet chief business officer Greg Bader said despite the rise of alternatives such as Gmail, small business owners were already typically running Office so Exchange was an obvious choice as a mail process. "Being hosted in Australia is important for some of our customers," he said. iiNet is considering expanding the service to include additional unified communication options such as Lync.



    Nice website, might sign up for the $2.95

    lol err, of course it can compete.. Why would they do something that couldn't, they aren't idiots.. I think you're thinking of Optus xD

    Being hosted in Australia is important for some of our customers ... yeh fair enough .. but the data centres in singpore are owned by telstra global

      Nope. They are Microsoft not Telstra data centers.

      Some companies have to comply with data sovereignty regulations and policies. This is regardless of who owns the infrastructure.

      Last edited 26/03/13 7:52 am

        Exactly, Telstra are simply the provider in Australia.

        The DCs are Microsoft, managed by their Global Foundation Services team.

    It would be GREAT if iiNet offered hosted Lync! Hopefully they would also set the price point at something small businesses could afford. They would own the SMB market (plus more).

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