All good things must come to an end, even beloved software platforms such as MS Exchange 2010. This strong and stable corporate communications platform has been effectively running for many years, making IT network administrators loath to make a switch before it was absolutely necessary.
With the natural lifecycle of this platform winding down, administrators are scrambling to take appropriate action before the looming deadline in October 2020.
While IT leaders have been given a brief hiatus with support pushed out to this later deadline, this switch is still coming at a time when technical professionals are rolling out new initiatives around remote work, security and other key concerns.
Houston Managed IT Services professional Ferrell Fuller shares what you can expect in the coming months as Microsoft slowly filters down support for Exchange 2010.
Will Microsoft Exchange 2010 Still Operate When Support Ends?
As the primary communication platform for many organizations, ensuring that Outlook continues standard operations is a serious consideration for business teams and technical professionals.
While MS Exchange will still technically operate after the October 2020 end of life period, Microsoft will no longer be releasing updates or patches for this software.
In a world that is already riddled with communication dangers such as phishing attacks — which currently account for 80% of security vulnerabilities — maintaining an extremely secure environment is vital for your operations.
You can be confident that cybercriminals will be looking for vulnerabilities in this aging platform, specifically targeting companies that have not yet upgraded to a newer communications system.
This leaves your company a prime target for hackers that are looking for ways to infiltrate your confidential systems and client data. Clearly, staying on the platform long-term is not the best option for most organizations!
Best Options to Replace Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
Support is ending for MS Exchange Server 2010 — Now what? Your team has probably already been researching the best options prior to the original January 2020 end-of-life date, but are there any new platforms that might prevail?
Microsoft has released a helpful guide that can ease the stress of migration, but there are still many steps involved in ensuring that you do not lose access to any information or drop security levels during the process.
The two most viable options for an upgrade are to shift to either Microsoft Exchange 2019 or Microsoft 365 (formerly known as Office 365).
Shifting to Microsoft 365
The Microsoft 365 suite of applications provides ease of use for business professionals as well as many security and administrative standards that will be appreciated by technical folks as well.
When you elect to migrate to Microsoft 365, you can often consolidate several types of on-premise or licensed software into a single standard that provides a more cohesive platform for communication and productivity throughout your organization.
There are still considerations around the sizing of your licenses, how they will be administered, and steps for migration, but these can be easily overcome when you work with a team that has experience in Microsoft 365 and related platforms.
Shifting to MS Exchange 2019
In general, the main reason you would select Exchange 2019 instead of the cloud-based Microsoft 365 solution is if there are legal or regulatory requirements that make shifting to cloud services more challenging.
While cloud technology has become very mature and is well-secured, in some instances it makes sense to retain a localized strategy for your communications infrastructure.
With everything else that your team has to consider during these challenging times, why not outsource your IT infrastructure support to a trusted, reliable managed IT services provider?
These teams of technical professionals have the latest tools and information needed to ensure that your business runs smoothly at all times.