Law Office Technology has begun the move to the Cloud. This does not mean that I have lost my mind although I know several people who will disagree. The servers at our office will be permanently shut down this weekend. We are not going out of business but making the next technology jump which is dumping the servers and moving to a hosted or cloud environment. I have run into a couple early adaptor law firms that already work this way and they can run heads and tails around a typical brick and mortars firm with much lower overhead.
Basically the ideal is that instead of buying a server, you rent the server from a hosting company. So, instead of a capital outlay of $5000 to install a server and paying a local company for support, you just pay $125.00 a month and get a guarantee 99.9% uptime.
I have started using Hosted Exchange 2007 and Hosted SharePoint. All of our company documents are in SharePoint and all our email is in Exchange. The company we use has 4 redundant data centers spread across the country which means I no longer have to worry about backups. I will post updates on how this is going.