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Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 “End-of-Support” Is Fast Approaching!

Microsoft made waves when they announced that technical support for Exchange Server 2010 would be coming to an end. While the end-of-support date isn’t scheduled until January 2020, we’re hoping to help business professionals avoid chaos and confusion by developing a proactive approach for responding to the end-of-support deadline. Read on to learn all about what end-of-support entails, the available transition options, and how your organization can streamline the migration process and avoid unnecessary business disruption.

What Does End of Exchange 2010 Support Mean for Businesses Like Yours?

For business professionals who have been relying on Exchange 2010 for nearly a decade, the looming end-of-support date can seem daunting. Microsoft announced that Exchange support will remain available until January 14th, 2020, but once that date arrives Exchange users will no longer be able to connect with Microsoft for help. This doesn’t mean that your Exchange 2010 Server will just stop running, but it does have some significant consequences. What does this mean for businesses like yours? Let’s check it out below.

Once the January 2020 end-of-support date arrives, Microsoft will no longer be providing:

  • Technical support for any problems that arise
  • Bug fixes for identified issues
  • Security fixes for identified vulnerabilities
  • Regular time zone updating

It goes without saying that once this support is no longer available, Exchange 2010 users could run into serious issues when it comes to overall functionality. Without technical support, troubleshooting could become impossible. Without automatic bug fixes, Exchange servers could be less stable and functional. Without security fixes, Exchange servers are undoubtedly more vulnerable to data breaches and server attacks. Finally, without time zone updating, communication and collaboration could get confusing and unproductive.

But it’s not all doom and gloom. Microsoft has options in place to help business professionals make a smooth transition from Exchange 2010. In fact, the options Microsoft offers could make a huge difference in terms of helping business professionals upgrade to more streamlined and modern solutions. Read on to learn all about the transition options available for Exchange 2010 users.

Transition Options: Office 365, Exchange Upgrade, or Hybrid Migration

Like we mentioned, Microsoft has a few different transition options for Exchange 2010 users. While migrating to an entirely new business computing system can seem like a huge task, Microsoft’s transition solutions are designed to support a streamlined migration with as little business disruption as possible. Check out your transition options and what they entail below.

  • Migrate to Microsoft Office 365

For business leaders who are ready to leave on-premise server solutions in the past, the best option by far involves migrating all user mailboxes to Office 365 and removing all Exchange 2010 servers by January 2020. This option is best for business teams that are ready to migrate to the Cloud and take advantage of a web-based work environment.

  • Upgrade to Exchange 2013 or 2016

For businesses that require or prefer on-premise server solutions, the best option is to upgrade to a newer version of Exchange – either Exchange 2013 or 2016. This option involves replacing all Exchange 2010 servers with new counterparts and is the best for companies that are legally required to keep certain business data off the Cloud. If this is the route you choose, we highly recommend upgrading to Exchange 2016 as it provides the most sustainability in the long run.

  • Go Hybrid

Finally, for business teams that prefer a hybrid approach, Microsoft offers the option to migrate some business data to Office 365 while keeping newer Exchange servers on-premise. In this case, your business would migrate certain business elements to Office 365, remove all Exchange 2010 servers by January 2020, and ensure that any on-premise servers are upgraded to a supported version (Exchange 2013 or 2016) before the end-of-support date.

Finding Assistance for Exchange End-of-Support

Now that we’ve gone over the details about Exchange 2010 end-of-support and recommended options for transitioning, it’s time for our biggest recommendation of all. If your organization has been relying on Exchange 2010 and you’re trying to plan for the transition, you should find a managed IT services provider to help make your migration as streamlined as possible.

Finding the right provider doesn’t have to be an uphill battle, either. Go into your search with your ideal migration plan in mind. Explain your needs to different providers and ask them how they can help make the transition as smooth as possible. Above all, invest in a provider who is committed to helping you migrate with as little business disruption as possible.

The right provider will:

  • Offer strategic consultation and explain your options to you clearly. They’ll also be able to make recommendations for which migration option is best for your business.
  • Work carefully to migrate all your business data and will do so in a way that prevents downtime, disruption, and security breaches.
  • Be willing to offer ongoing support and consultation to help you optimize your new platform from end-to-end.

If you’re already on the hunt for a migration support partner, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team of IT professionals at Kyocera Intelligence. Our team has extensive experience with Microsoft migrations and optimizations. We will work alongside you and your team to ensure your transition from Exchange 2010 is as stress-free as possible.

Don’t forget – support for Exchange 2010 will be completely phased out by January 14th, 2020. Don’t wait until the last minute to migrate! Reach out to our team of professionals at (800) 875-8843 or via email at itsolutions@kimidatlandtic.com. Let Kyocera Intelligence put your migration worries to rest.