Are you still using Exchange 2007?
The typical lifecycle of Microsoft software is 10 years. On April 17, 2017 Exchange 2007 reached its End of Life. Microsoft will no longer provide the following services:
- Technical support for problems that may occur;
- Bug fixes for issues that are discovered and that may impact the stability and usability of the server;
- Security fixes for vulnerabilities that are discovered and that may make the server vulnerable to security breaches;
- Time zone updates.
What does this mean for your firm?
If your business is still running Exchange 2007, you will have to make a choice moving forward. You can choose to do nothing and continue to use the software, upgrade to a newer Exchange version or move your mail to Office 365. Let’s have a look at the options:
If you choose to stay with your current Exchange 2007 on-premise server, you run the risk of encountering security issues. Microsoft will no longer be releasing bug fixes or feature upgrades for Exchange 2007. These updates are critical to protecting against security vulnerabilities. The effects may not be immediate but your data will be exposed to potential risks.
Upgrade to Newer Exchange Server
If you choose to keep your email on-premise, you can migrate your Exchange 2007 environment to Exchange 2010, Exchange 2013, or Exchange 2016. It is recommended that you migrate to Exchange 2016 which includes all the features and advancements included with previous releases of Exchange.
This is literally a big leap forward. Exchange 2016 cannot be installed in an organization that includes an Exchange 2007 server. You will first need to migrate to Exchange 2010 or 2013 and remove all 2007 servers, and then migrate to Exchange 2016. This also may require upgrades to your server hardware and/or software. You will need an experienced IT team to undertake this task without interruption to service. This will take planning and time to implement. It is important that if your firm is going to move in this direction you do so as soon as possible to mitigate against vulnerabilities and security breaches.
Moving to the Cloud with Office 365 requires no additional hardware or upgrading. All of your mailboxes can be migrated to the Cloud using Microsoft’s various migration path options. These options can be found here: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Decide-on-a-migration-path-0d4f2396-9cef-43b8-9bd6-306d01df1e27 . The time it takes to move to Office 365 varies from one week to a few months, depending on the number of mailboxes being moved and the method chosen.
Although the Cloud option may save your firm the cost of buying new equipment and software, it may not be the best option for all businesses. Especially ones who have industry regulations and policies that need to be strictly followed. Such as keeping all information within Canada. Doing nothing is never the best option when it comes to software that is out of date. It’s better to protect your data now then have to deal with disaster recovery!
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Tammy Malone is a Client Support Specialist at Triella, a technology consulting company specializing in providing technology audits, planning advice, project management and other CIO-related services to small and medium sized firms. Tammy can be reached at 647.426.1004. For additional articles, go to www.triella.com/whats-new/. Triella is a VMware Professional Partner, Microsoft Certified Partner, Citrix Solution Advisor – Silver, Dell Preferred Partner, Authorized Worldox Reseller and a Webroot Reseller.
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