Businesses using Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 for their email and calendar services face an upcoming deadline that should not be ignored: October 13, 2020, marks the Exchange 2010 end of support date. After that date, Microsoft will no longer provide support for that product. This includes security patches, bug fixes, and technical support that normally accompany their products.
This Exchange 2010 end of support deadline is part of the natural product lifecycle of many applications, which typically lasts 10 years for Microsoft products. While you can still use the product after the Exchange 2010 end of support date, doing so could put your business at risk due to the lack of security updates, and the product could become less functional over time.
Instead, businesses can migrate to newer versions of Exchange before the Exchange 2010 end of support date. To gain the most functionality benefits, businesses should ideally migrate to the cloud-based Exchange Online (Office 365), but they can also transition to Exchange Server 2016 if they need an on-premises solution.
Even though migrating to a new product may seem cumbersome, doing so can be more cost-effective in the long run, due to the significant expenses that can result from cyberattacks, as well as the lost productivity that can come from using older versions of products.
Migrating to the Cloud
The Exchange 2010 end of support date can be seen as an opportunity to improve your technology, particularly by migrating to a cloud-based solution like Exchange Online. This product can either be added on its own or as part of a larger Office 365 package, where you also get the latest versions of products like Microsoft Word, Excel and services like OneDrive for file storage.
As these products run in the cloud, you may be able to improve employee experience by allowing for easier collaboration and the ability to work remotely. Moreover, migrating to the cloud can lift the burden on your IT team in areas such as cybersecurity and managing on-premises infrastructure. For example, Exchange Online provides anti-malware and anti-spam protection for every mailbox your company uses.
Migrating to Exchange 2016
Although the cloud can offer many functionality and security benefits, some businesses may prefer or require an on-premises solution, to be more in control of your data storage. If that’s the case, before the Exchange 2010 end of support date you can migrate to a similar product: Microsoft Exchange Server 2016.
As Microsoft explains, this product more closely matches the experience you would get with Office 365, yet you can still keep your email service on-premises. And since Exchange 2016 is still within its product lifecycle, you would continue to receive support such as bug fixes and security patches as they become available.
Migrate Before the Exchange 2010 End of Support Date
Choosing between these migration options, as well as handling the technical aspects of transitioning to a new product, can be difficult. However, it’s important to take action before the Exchange 2010 end of support date occurs so that your business does not create additional risk from using unsupported products. Working with a certified Microsoft partner like Peters & Associates can make it easier to assess your options and make the right migration for your organization.
We have deep experience across both cloud-based and on-premises Microsoft products, and we can help your company make the transition and manage new solutions according to your needs.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your options for upgrading from Exchange 2010 before its end of support date, and learn more about how you can prepare your business for other upcoming Microsoft end of support deadlines.