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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Gartner Says Enterprise E-Mail Hosting Is Poised for Explosive Growth

Matt Cain at Gartner recently wrote a report E-mail Hosting: Poised for Explosive Growth which predicts in the next few years 20 percent of enterprise email seats will be delivered via SaaS and similar models.

The market for hosted e-mail mailboxes is poised for rapid growth due
to the economics of cloud computing and the entry of new vendors.... the move to a hosted-delivery model will change the face of IT architectures over the next decade and that e-mail will be at the forefront of this change.
Sonian's premise from the very beginning is based on this trend: IT will begin to selectively use SaaS services tactically to solve specific pain points like archiving, and over time, move more functions into the cloud. IT has to get comfortable with the idea of hosted versus on-premise, and that comfort and trust will mature over time. The next few years will be very interesting in the SaaS sector. Sonian is doing its part to create an affordable, reliable, secure SaaS experience.

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