Investigating cloud hosting services

Sorry Tim, but iCloud just isn’t cutting it for me. Firstly, I cannot use my personal domain with the iCloud mail service (meaning that I cannot use iCloud to access email that people send to john@pitchko.com, for example). Secondly, iCloud calendar has never worked properly for me. Whenever I send a calendar invitation from my home to work email account, I cannot “accept” the invitation. I click the “accept” button but always get an error message from iCloud. Apple, you make really great hardware, but cloud services is not your strength.

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I am now looking at other providers. I have web hosting from Bluehost, which does email hosting but not calendar, so that is not a solution. I will need to find a new cloud host that offers a complete package. Furthermore, I have multiple domains that I manage (pitchko.com and pitchkotechnology.com). I use both (one for personal, and one for business) so ultimately need to have hosting for both.

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Requirements

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Pitchko.com

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    Email hosting with >5 GB storage

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    Calendar hosting

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    Low price (since I will have to pay for and migrate my family email users too)

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PitchkoTechnology.com

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    Email hosting with >5 GB storage

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    Calendar hosting

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    Cloud file storage

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    Cloud office apps (word processing, spreadsheet)

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I’m going to compare Office 365 Business Essentials and Google Apps for Work. Here are my super cursory results:

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Conclusion

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Both services appear to be quite similar. The main differences are price (Office 365 costs $1.25/month more) and storage space (Office 365 offers an additional 20 gb of space). Currently, it is inconclusive so additional research is needed.

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Further Research

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    Investigate the UI for both products.

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    Evaluate integration with core applications (e.g. Chrome web browser)

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    Reviews from other users

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