I have hosted my own email server in my house for longer than I can remember. It was a nice way to learn more about the internet, and to keep my skills fresh. It did have one downside… Maintenance of the hardware. With as much mail that comes in (spam, etc) the drives got quite a workout and needed to be replaced more other than I would have liked. Recently I started noticing the server reporting problems with the main hard drive, again. Rather than rebuilding the server yet again, I made a decision. I signed up for, and have now moved my mail hosting to Google for domains. I had considered doing this before, but Google was not offering map support. Without that, there was no way to migrate all my existing mail over. No Google offers IMAP support, and so it seemed that the time was right for a change. As of this morning, I have now managed to migrate all of my important email over to my GMail for domains setup. In doing this I actually managed to clean up my inbox, organize my mail, delete unneeded mail, and trim my inbox from over 500 messages, to 8.
What does this mean for all of you? Nothing… My email address has not changed, only the physical location. I don’t have to worry about backups, drives failing, etc… I also now have a nice calendar, chat, and document storage. Overall, I think this was a nice change. One of the best parts, I didn’t have to retrain my mother how to use it, with IMAP nothing on her end changed. 🙂