E-mail Server Hosting is basically an internet hosting service that operates email servers. These services are different from free email or webmail, like Yahoo and Google. These come at a price as opposed to the advertisement-supported free email/webmail.
As to who uses these services, they cater largely to demanding email users as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The larger enterprises usually run their own email hosting service on their own equipment. They use software like Postfix, Microsoft Exchange, etc. That is because the services offered by free email providers are usually subpar as compared to professional email server hosting services.
Most web hosting services offer email hosting as well. The gamut of services provided to the client is quite large. The service provider manages the client’s domain name, and implements security email authentication schemes, such as filtering, replication, and rerouting.
Most email server hosting services offer advanced premium email solutions that are hosted on dedicated tailor-made email platforms. The technologies and offerings by different email hosting providers can vary, depending on the different needs of the client. Some may be geared towards security, while some may be more towards email management and filtering.
Email server hosting services use customized open-source applications such as Horde, RoundCube, or SquirrelMail, whereas free email services usually are standardized basic POP3-based email ones.
This email hosting does not cost the earth. It eliminates the need for in-house email servers and associated IT staff, leaving the client with peace of mind to concentrate on basic business needs.
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