I have a friend who is in the process of building a company and they are getting concerned about having their email run through commercial services like Gmail and Outlook from a corporate security point of view. I am wondering what buying a proper server, proper software and monthly hosting would cost to be able to provide secure email for 10 to 15 employees. Also what would it cost to get it configured correctly.
They would want to be able to access email via computer and via smart phones. They would like a calendar that syncs between computer and phone and is able to be shared among employees. They would also like to have a feature such as Dropbox or Goggle Drive on their server where they can access it across their own devices and possibly allow some outside contractors or customers access to the occasional folder. A bonus feature but not mandatory would be some sort of chat platform. Basically they want the same functionality as what Gmail, Google Calendar and Google Drive offer without the worry of having Google scanning or snooping their proprietary info.
I know in the past mid size and larger companies (along with organized crime) used to buy a Blackberry server to accomplish the secure email and chat functions but I am not sure where things stand these days.
Dean, Yura, anyone else who knows this stuff please provide a little input either in the thread or PM me directly.