Pros and Cons of Office 365 Exchange (Compared to Local Exchange)

Pros

  • Free base-level services plus optional for-fee services
  • Increased stability and reliability of the service
  • Increased redundancy and disaster recovery capabilities
  • 50GB of free email storage per user
  • Unlimited free file storage on OneDrive
  • Unlimited email storage and enhanced email features (e-discovery and encryption options) available at a small cost
  • UCI will realize significant cost savings by leveraging the use of Office365 services available to UCI.
    • Reduces infrastructure and staffing costs of local Exchange
    • Frees up OIT staff to work on other important activities
    • Reduces campus costs for Microsoft software licenses
  • Office365 allows OIT to offer cost-effective useful new Microsoft applications, features and functionality, and to leverage new technologies such as cloud storage.
  • Increased security due to a signed Business Associate Agreement with Microsoft for Office365

Cons