Email server choices for small business

Here is a short least of the choices:

Google apps for your domain

  • Free
  • Easy
  • Good collaboration features
  • Proprietary SAAS based – (could back up data offline with various utilities)
  • Some people worry about privacy – see privacy and security statement from Google – Google apps security whitepaper

Ubuntu/Linux native email server postfix etc.

  • Free and open source
  • Not very easy to use and setup – see graphical front ends like webmin
  • No collaboration features


  • Free, open source, platform independant
  • Easy to install, maintain and administer
  • Not backed by reliable commercial organization
  • Not considered very robust for large enterprise deployments


  • Requires a dedicated server (can’t use server for anything else) and minimum 4 MB Ram
  • Platform independant
  • Has a community version and premium commercial offerings
  • More complex installation
  • Backed by a large commercial organization (yahoo)
  • Suitable for large enterprises

Conclusion – I prefer Google apps for your domain, but you can make your own choice.


About fblauer

Fred Blauer is a senior consultant with more than 20 years of experience providing information systems consulting, ERP implementation, syste
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