On October 13, 2020, Exchange Server 2010 will reach end of support. If you haven’t already begun your migration from Exchange 2010 to Office 365 or Exchange 2016, now’s the time to start your planning.
End of Support means after 13th October 2020, Microsoft will no longer provide,
- No Technical support for problems that may occur,
- No more documentation updates: existing articles will still be accessible; however, no new best practices or guidance will be published.
- No more security updates: the most critical components here are bug fixes or security patches to protect users and data within Exchange 2010. Without these updates, risk of ransomware or malicious attempts to access information rises.
- Compliance issues: running outdated or unsupported products could be an immediate ticket out of compliance. Depending on regulations in your industry, or regional standards, operating Exchange 2010 past the end of support date may pose a larger business and/or legal problem.
So, let us examine various option for the Customer,
- Upgrade to Exchange Online / Office 365
- Upgrade to Exchange 2016 / 2019
Migrate to Office 365
Migrating your email to Office 365 is your best and simplest option to help you retire your Exchange 2010 deployment. With a migration to Office 365, you can make a jump from old technology to our latest offering. Office 365 receives new features and experiences first and you and your users can usually start using them right away. Upgrading to a new version of Exchange – you’re always on the latest version of Exchange in Office 365.
Migrate to Exchange Server 2016
While we strongly believe that you can achieve the best value and user experience by migrating to Office 365, we also understand that some organizations need to keep their email on-premises. This could be because of regulatory requirements, to guarantee data isn’t stored in a DataCenter located in another country, and so on. If you choose to keep your email on-premises, you can migrate your Exchange 2010 environment to Exchange 2016. Exchange 2016 includes the features and advancements included with previous releases of Exchange, and it most closely matches the experience available with Office 365 (although some features are available only in Office 365).