Trash your in-house email?

Summary:Last week, David Berlind -- in his report on Google dropping hints about offering hosted email -- suggested that the vast majority of businesses now in-sourcing their email can't possibly justify the practice. Ridiculous, responded many readers -- and some of David's blogging colleagues.

Last week, David Berlind -- in his report on Google dropping hints about offering hosted email -- suggested that the vast majority of businesses now in-sourcing their email can't possibly justify the practice. Ridiculous, responded many readers -- and some of David's blogging colleagues.

George Ou debunks what he regards as eight myths of email outsourcing. Does in-house email mean less accessibility, smaller mailboxes and higher costs? No, no and no, writes Ou.

Paul Murphy, in his Managing L'unix blog, recalls IT Commandment #1: Thou shalt not outsource mission critical functions. "Organizations ultimately exist as information and control processing tools, and outsourcing IT therefore diminishes overall organizational value."

But Dion Hinchcliffe thinks in-sourcing email makes about as much sense as maintaining your own power generation facilities. "You can do it, but why would you? Corporate e-mail systems aren't going away any time soon," writes Hinchcliffe in The future is hosted, online e-mail, "But are they become more and more irrelevant?"

And Software as services blogger Phil Wainewright insists the greatest challenge is understanding the real cost of running email in-house. "Most companies do not understand the true, hard costs of their messaging systems"." Wainewright wryly suggests that Perhaps it's time to bring your money in-house, too.

Should you outsource your company's email? Join the conversation....

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David Grober has worked a variety of editorial roles in the technology media since 1982, when he joined the copy desk at IDG's Computer Business News. He served as managing editor for PC Week (now eWeek) and, later, Digital News. David made the leap from print to online publishing in 1994, when he joined Ziff-Net's Software Library. Sinc... Full Bio

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