Macquarie Hosting has taken the wraps off its Software as a Service (SaaS) offering providing Exchange server access for users with over 100 email boxes.
The Macquarie Telecom division is spruiking the concept to medium businesses, enterprises and government organisations wanting to outsource Exchange server access to a secure location with 24-hour support.
The service would be delivered out of Macquarie's Intellicentre data centre, marketing manager, Denis Rowe, said.
He claimed Microsoft's cessation of free Exchange Server 5.5 support was prompting businesses to review their email requirements and consider the switch to a SaaS model.
"Microsoft stopping support for Exchange Server 5.5 has been a major trigger event because businesses realise they haven't thought about their email for years," he said. "They're also thinking about security and support and realise the transition from 5.5 could be a good opportunity to take the email offsite and into our facility.
"People now use [email] 24 hours a day and if something goes down in the middle of the night, they want to be able to call someone and get it fixed."
Management of email is completely controlled by businesses adding and removing their own users from the system.