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Kerio Connect – The Exchange Alternative

Kerio Connect, a great Alternative to ExchangeMicrosoft Exchange – the 1,000 lb Gorilla

Microsoft Exchange is powerful software, but it has its place – in the enterprise. Microsoft Exchange is an enterprise-class messaging and collaboration server and along with it comes expensive hardware, overly complex administration and excessive IT overhead.

But what about Small Business Server (aka SBS) you ask? While it sounds like it’s intended for smaller organizations, don’t be fooled. SBS is marketing at its best – an enterprise-class product merely packaged, priced, and positioned for the small business market.

Whether Exchange or Small Business Server, it’s overkill and it requires far too much resource investment for many of today’s medium and small businesses like yours.


 

What makes Kerio Connect different

Kerio Connect integrates seamlessly with the iPad, iPhone & iPod touchKerio Connect on the other hand is engineered to address the needs of the work horses of today’s economy – businesses like yours. We focus on solving your IT needs, so IT doesn’t get in the way of your business.

As a result, we’ve done away with the complexity, overhead and excessive costs, and focused on building the world’s best and most flexible messaging and collaboration server for you, at a total cost of ownership you won’t even think about.

When you compare the hardware requirements, operating system requirements and licensing costs alone, without a doubt, Kerio Connect is the clear winner.


 

6 reasons why businesses, IT Consultants and VARs choose Kerio Connect over Exchange

1. Lean

Everything Exchange does, without the IT overhead

2. Flexible

Deploy on Windows, Linux, Mac, VMware, Parallels or HyperV

3. Mobile

Broader mobile device support – sync public folders, shared calendars and contacts

4. Stable

Focus on your business – not on downtime and unexpected costs

5. Simple

Set-up, administration, and maintenance is a breeze

6. Value

Lower licensing costs, lower hardware requirements, lower service costs

 

Recommended System Requirements Comparisons

 

Kerio Connect Microsoft SBS 2011 Standard Microsoft Exchange 2010 Standard
Supported Platforms Windows, Linux & Mac Windows Windows
Processor 2 GHz Quad Core 2.4 GHz Quad Core 2.4 GHz
Memory 2 GB 24 GB 24 GB
Operating System Supported operating systems Included Windows Server 2008 R2

 

Sample Price Comparisons

 

Scenario 1: 30 users | 5 years.

Kerio Connect: 1st year license cost plus 4 years SWM. Includes all minor and major version releases.
Microsoft SBS: 1st year license cost only. No Software Assurance. Includes all service pack releases, no major version upgrades.

Kerio Connect Microsoft SBS 2011 Standard
Server License (incl 5 users/CALs) $465 $1,096
Additional users/CALs $675 $1,805
Annual SWM x 4 years $1,520
Total

$2,660


$2,901

Kerio Connect pricing based on using Linux or virtual appliance editions. No standalone server OS license required.

Scenario 2: 75 users | 5 years.

Kerio Connect: 1st year license cost plus 4 years SWM. Includes all minor and major version releases.
Microsoft Exchange: 1st year license cost only. No Software Assurance. Includes all service pack releases, no major version upgrades.

Kerio Connect Microsoft Exchange 2010 Standard
Server License $465 $699
Additional users/CALs $1,890 $5,025
Annual SWM x 4 years $3,140
Total

$5,495


$5,724

No server OS licensing included. Exchange requires Windows Server 2008 R2 which would add an additional $2,976 in server OS licensing. No standalone server OS license required for Kerio Connect Linux or virtual appliance editions.