Intermedia’s Hosted Exchange

Intermedia is a successful hosted Exchange vendor. We were recently updated by the firm, and the following may be of interest:

  • Company believes it now has the greatest number of customers for full hosted Exchange--we see no reason to disbelieve this claim. These are seats for full MAPI running with normal Outlook along with all the rich MAPI functions (calendaring, tasks, shared folders, etc.), rather than users with just POP/IMAP access to Exchange.
  • We estimate that Intermedia has about 200,000 such full MAPI licenses. Marketing VP Danny Essner estimates there may be a couple of million such instances of full hosted MAPI deployed. We're inclined to agree, once you cut out trial/test accounts. It's still very early days for hosted Exchange.
  • Typical mix of hosted Exchange functionality includes BlackBerry access and spam and malware control; typical cost is around $16/user/month.
  • Intermedia was the first hosted provider to support the beta version of E2010. That's impressive--it helps to validate the company's claim that its architecture helps it keep current with Microsoft. The main reason is that it doesn't use Microsoft's HMC.

... David Ferris

One Comment

  1. Posted June 22, 2009 at 12:40 AM | Permalink

    Mr. Ferris-

    I would like to challenge that claim from Intermedia and would be happy to provide you with an update on Apptix if your schedule permits.

    Respectfully,
    Rick Rumbarger
    Vice President, Product – Apptix

  2. dferris
    Posted June 22, 2009 at 5:41 PM | Permalink

    Thanks Rick. I will contact you about a briefing. Meantime, please tell us which Intermedia claims you dispute.
    –david

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