Get the Best LISTSERV® Option for Your Organization: See Benefits of Cloud Hosting and On-Premises Software
A cloud-hosted service or on-premises software for your LISTSERV® email communications? That is the question.
We’re here to help! In short, if you want to manage your own email discussion lists, newsletters, announcement lists and blogs, you have the choice of:
Licensing LISTSERV and running the software on-premises via your own servers
In the Cloud
Using LISTSERV as a cloud-hosted SaaS
(called ListPlex) on L-Soft's servers, run by Microsoft® Azure
Each option has its advantages, and the best choice comes down to your unique requirements and circumstances. Get in touch with an L-Soft expert for a free consultation to determine the ideal solution for your organization’s communications.
Benefits of LISTSERV in the Cloud
Have limited IT resources, smaller workloads and few specialized requirements? The hosted cloud solution, aka software as a service (SaaS), is probably the most cost-effective option for your organization.
With LISTSERV in the Cloud (known as ListPlex), your lists are hosted on L-Soft's servers, and L-Soft takes care of running the service and delivering your mail. You can even use your own dedicated domain name as if you were running LISTSERV in-house.
All you need to do is pay a one-time setup charge, an annual service fee and delivery charges based on how many email messages you send to your subscribers. You also get full technical support service from L-Soft’s experienced engineers at no cost.
Lower Upfront Costs: The cloud service and your email lists are quick to set up, and the upfront costs are lower. However, hosting can be less cost-effective in the long run, especially if you have a large workload and send a lot of messages.
Fewer Resources Required: There's no need for any special hardware, IT staff, installation or setup. L-Soft's professional technical support services are ready to provide help and advice to keep your email lists running smoothly.
Minimal Learning Curve: L-Soft configures the service and creates all of the lists for you based on your requirements, so you don't need to spend time learning how to properly configure your server and set up your email lists.
Automatic Upgrades: Hosting servers are automatically upgraded whenever new versions are released so you can be sure that you're always running the newest versions of LISTSERV and LISTSERV Maestro and benefiting from the latest features and fixes.
High Performance: L-Soft's hosting servers are engineered for maximum uptime, reliability and scalability. Your email is delivered from dedicated servers, especially tuned for this purpose, using the latest email deliverability and authentication standards.
Benefits of LISTSERV as Software
Have IT resources and staff, large workloads or other specialized requirements, such as the need to integrate LISTSERV with in-house databases or LDAP servers? On-premises software is likely the most cost-effective choice for your organization.
With the on-premises LISTSERV software option, you’re responsible for maintaining the software and the servers that it runs on. You only pay the one-time fee for the license and an optional fee for technical support. Create as many email lists as your license type allows and send as many messages to your subscribers as you want, with zero delivery charges.
More Economical Long-Term: Licensing the software is usually more cost-effective in the long run, although the upfront cost of a license is higher. You can create as many lists and send as many messages as you want without additional delivery fees.
Maximum Flexibility: The software option allows you to configure your LISTSERV site to meet your organization's exact needs. L-Soft's technical support, training and consulting teams are always available for help if you need it.
Full Control: Running the software in-house gives you complete control of your operations, including the operating system and software environment. This is especially vital for organizations with complex change management policies.
Database Integration: An in-house setup makes it easier for you to take advantage of existing databases for dynamic and personalized mailings. You can also use databases and LDAP servers for authenticating credentials and user logins, which is especially helpful within large and complex organizations.
High Security: If you're operating in a high-security environment, keeping LISTSERV on site, together with your existing databases, LDAP and Active Directory servers, makes it easier to ensure that your entire email communication system and data are secure.
Whichever option you choose, keep in mind that L-Soft can easily migrate your email lists from the cloud servers to your organization’s in-house servers or vice-versa. This provides the peace of mind of knowing that if your circumstances and requirements were to change, it’ll only involve minimal effort and disruption to make the switch. The highest investment protection is guaranteed either way.