I finally moved the mail service to Google Apps.
I looked long and hard; and even thought about moving the mail to a hosted environment for a few months.
Finally I tested out the google hosted email service – and it looks pretty good.
On the positives:
- fully hosted, in the cloud service
- backup, restore and availability are all looked after
- anti-virus is included
- anti-spam is fantastic
- web mail, POP and IMAP services
- 6GB ++ per user
- it’s FREE!
The only downsides are around:
- questions about privacy
- no SLA on the free service
At the end of the day this frees up two servers running multiple services; and saves me the backup and availability headaches.
- IPCop with Copfilter
- Spam Assassi
- Clam AV
It should also give family a better experience (webmail/POP to a google datacenter rather than to my server) and give me more bandwidth to play with.