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Shane Ronan sronan at fattoc.com
Fri Oct 16 03:07:06 UTC 2009

Agreed -1 for GroupSpark (AKA 123together)

On Oct 13, 2009, at 4:48 PM, Jeff Saxe wrote:

>> Barring that, what recommendations might the NANOG community have for
>> an extremely rock-solid e-mail hosting company?  I realize that may
>> mean self-promotion, but hey, bring it on.
> Some people, when they say "email hosting company", inherently mean  
> "hosting specifically of Microsoft Exchange email, contacts, and  
> calendar". If that's what you're after, then I would recommend my  
> employer's chosen hosted Exchange partner, Intermedia <http://www.intermedia.net 
> >. They maintain server farms of Exchange clusters, and they have a  
> very good customer portal (both at the administrator-of-the-site  
> level and the individual end user). They also have an FTP-up-a-PST- 
> file-and-merge-it-into-a-mailbox function that makes the initial  
> migration from some other Exchange repository faster and more  
> parallelizable than without it. We are extremely pleased, and we  
> have basically stopped hosting Exchange for our own customers on our  
> own in-house hardware, just using Intermedia as a branded service.
> Depending on your requirements (audit copy of every single email and  
> and out, mandatory retention periods, BlackBerry connectivity,  
> etc.), they probably can do anything you're asking for. Their uptime  
> has been stellar except for one morning of about 3 to 4 hours, when  
> a major MAN cable was busted around Manhattan somewhere and  
> disconnected their datacenter. Other than that, we have not had the  
> long, painful, tension-filled, customer-angering outage periods that  
> we used to have with another provider which shall not be named. (OK,  
> it will: GroupSpark. Stay far away from them.)
> -- Jeff Saxe
> Network Engineer, Blue Ridge InternetWorks
> Charlottesville, VA
> www.briworks.com

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