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Report findings confirm: Email in a single-tenant cloud makes sense for enterprises

Listen up Amazon Web Services (AWS) customers! Intermedia is giving live demos of our Dedicated Exchange on AWS solution at the AWS Summit in Chicago today and tomorrow. If you’re going to be at the show, please stop by booth #108. We’d love to talk to you further about this new solution for AWS customers, as well as review with you the findings of a brand-new survey report we commissioned to better understand the migration of applications to Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) for those using or considering the AWS platform.

On behalf of Intermedia, Researchscape International surveyed over 300 IT managers that were using or intending to use the AWS platform. These organizations all had between 400 and 11,999 employees. The results were rather surprising — like the fact that email was the least commonly hosted application on IaaS at only 32%. However, when it comes to apps that organizations PLAN on moving to IaaS in the future, email ranks as the highest (32%, +6 delta).

Cloud advances answer the needs of larger organizations

Why are we seeing this interest in moving email to the cloud? I believe that it’s because the cloud has advanced in such a way as to address the top deployment challenges that mid-sized and larger organizations face — namely security, ease of data migration and total cost of ownership, as identified by the report. These challenges are addressed with dedicated, single-tenant cloud deployments. Available on a per user, per month payment model, Intermedia’s Dedicated Exchange on AWS is one such example of this type of deployment for customers already established on the AWS platform.

Learn more about the importance of a pay per user charge model for hosted email in this CIO Review article written by our CTO, Jonathan Levine.

Even technically confident companies see the value of moving to the cloud

We wanted to find out if a lack of technical expertise was prompting companies to move to the cloud. But, a majority of respondents (59%) were completely or very confident in their organization’s ability to manage its own Exchange email environment on AWS, including all aspects of security, administration, reliability, configuration, version control, integration, and mobile device management.

Even with that technical savvy in-house, an overwhelming 90% of respondents expressed interest in moving their email service to a dedicated, single-tenant cloud managed by an expert, third-party like Intermedia. They recognize the benefits of leaving email service up to an expert partner within a single-tenant environment so that they can focus their efforts on more strategic business initiatives.

Learn more about Dedicated Exchange on AWS on our website. Or call one of our experts at 800-200-1810.

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About Craig Woods

Craig Woods is the Director of Product Marketing at Intermedia.