Get your own (domain) email server instantly! Incl. Server Software, Hardware and Hosting. It is much more powerful than Gmail/Hotmail and much less expensive than MS Exchange!
|Features & Cost||Virtual Drive Email Server||In-house / Self-hosted Email Server Solution (e.g. MS Exchange Server)|
|Starting Cost||$0-29.9/month, $299/year for VIRT-5 plan, which includes far more features than just an Email Server||$1500-5000 or more: Must buy Email server machine & Email server software. In the case of MS Exchange Server, it is expensive and requires an expert to setup / configure / manage the email server|
|Email Server Management and Maintenance Cost||Low: easy web-based administrative tool, little IT background required. (might require to configure DNS)||High: Requires a system administrator with IT background, in particular, understands the Email protocol, DNS and firewall security configurations|
|Estimated Setup Time||In just a few minutes to 24 hours (mainly waiting for DNS to update)||At least a few days (Order a server; setup server, install Email Server, configure email server, setup DNS / hosting, etc.)|
|Email Server Backup Cost||Low: Virtual Drive Email Server has multiple levels of redundancies. Any single storage / server crash will not cause system downtime or data loss.||High: Email Server must be backed up manually, which will add additional cost. Server crash could cause service down-time or data loss.|
|Web Mail and Web-based Address Book||Yes: Already included and no additional setup is required||Yes (Requires additional webmail setup)|
|Automatic Email / Address Book Backup and Migration software||Yes: Virtual Drive Email Backup client software||No|
|Private domain emails and advanced features||Yes||Yes|
|Hardware, Software and Hosting||Already included!||Need to order hardware, software and hosting.|
Info is checked to be correct as of Jan 1, 2009. Please email NULL for corrections or updates.