On January 14, 2020, support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 will come to an end, giving businesses the perfect opportunity to migrate from the legacy email and calendar server to a more advanced cloud-based solution such as Google’s G Suite. Much has changed since the release of Exchange back in 2009, and the end of its support lifecycle means that businesses who are reliant on Exchange should migrate to something else soon.

What does Exchange 2010’s end of support means?

The end of Exchange 2010’s decade-long lifecycle is nearly here - bringing with it a number of technical and security concerns for your business. With the end of Microsoft support on the horizon, it means that your company’s Exchange server - whether it’s hosted virtually or on a server - will no longer receive support for any technical problems that occur after January 14th, 2020. Perhaps most importantly, your server will now be completely open to security vulnerabilities, as solutions to these issues will no longer be automatically patched. This means that your business will be open to a potentially devastating data breach, leaving your organizational data ripe for exploitation.

Your Exchange 2010 server will also cease to receive bug fixes that help with stability and usability of your server, meaning that you’ll no longer be able to iron out many of those annoying tech issues that pop up. While your business will be able to continue using Exchange 2010 as you have done since its inception, you’ll no longer be able to rely on or fall back on Microsoft’s support for technical issues.

The advantages of a cloud-based solution

Migrating from Exchange 2010 to a modern cloud-based email, calendar, and productivity solution like G Suite presents significant opportunities for your business, including cost savings through a subscription-based pricing model, meaning that you’ll only be paying for the users accessing G Suite. Cloud-based solutions also allow for more flexible scalability, allowing your business to easily increase and adjust the number of users accessing G Suite and how they’re using it without making any major changes. Making the leap to a more modern solution also lets your business take advantage of the many benefits that come with mobile workers, giving your team members access to workplace data on the go.

Why should your business choose G Suite?

G Suite stands out among the crowd of cloud-based email and productivity suites by giving your team access to a host of useful apps like Gmail, Calendars, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Hangouts among others. These tools allow your team members to easily and securely collaborate and communicate in real time, increasing productivity and efficiency in the workplace, leading to higher quality output and giving your employees the freedom and flexibility they desire. G Suite also gives administrators more control over elements like security, user access, device access, and more, ensuring that only employees who require access are able to access files. Additionally, most security updates to Gmail and G Suite are automatically pushed, freeing up valuable IT resources that may be currently dedicated to applying Microsoft patches to Exchange.

If you are interested in migrating to G Suite to upgrade from Microsoft Exchange 2010, UpCurve Cloud will subsidize the cost of deployment. If you’d like to find more, contact Joey Maller, our G Suite solutions specialist, at jmaller@upcurvecloud.com.