It’s hard to believe that Microsoft Exchange 2010 is 10 years old next year. Exchange Server software has been around since 1996 and has been through all kinds of evolutions over its lifespan. Exchange 2003, 2007 and 2010 were hugely popular within small business thanks to Microsoft’s bundled Small Business Server offerings.
The final version was SBS 2011, which included Exchange 2010 – a neat little package for small businesses. On the larger deployment side, Exchange 2010 brought a raft of developments such as the ability to link together multiple servers across numerous sites globally and a revamped method for secure remote access.
After Microsoft discontinued SBS 2011, and with the rise in Office 365 and Exchange Online, running your own mail server inhouse became less and less appealing. Except in unusual circumstances, many businesses opted to migrate their email services to the cloud.
End of Support for Exchange 2010
Initially, Microsoft had named 14 January 2020 as the end of support for Exchange 2010, but they have recently decided to postpone that date until 13 October 2020. For many small businesses, this will also mark the end of SBS and the era of the onsite server. It’s representative of the seismic shift to cloud technologies that is going on across the technology sector worldwide. So, where to go from here?
Introducing Exchange Online
There are two primary options that face technology decision makers and business owners who may still be running Exchange Server 2010. If your internet connection is adequate, you are happy with the principle of cloud services shifting to a monthly payment model and the concept of handing your services over to the larger providers, then Exchange Online is the way to go.
If you would rather keep your infrastructure and services in-house or have a complex deployment you want to hang on to, then upgrading your Exchange Server to 2013, 2016 or even 2019 (if you’re feeling brave!) is a good choice too.
Whatever you decide to do, time is running out to decommission your old Exchange Server before it becomes vulnerable and ultimately, a target for malicious outsiders.