End of support for Exchange 2010 in 2020
Microsoft Exchange Online replaces Exchange Server 2010

Moving from Exchange Server 2010

to Exchange Online

Do you know support for Exchange Server 2010 will end in less than 11 months on 14 January 2020? As you know this means Microsoft will no longer provide:

  • Bug fixes: this will affect the stability of your server;
  • Technical support: when you have an issue there’s no one to turn to; and
  • Security fixes: this will make your server vulnerable to security breaches.

The best replacement for Exchange Server 2010 is Exchange Online since it addresses many South African CTOs’ pain points:

  1. Skills shortage
  2. Security
  3. Cost

Exchange Online addresses CTO pain points: skills shortage, security and cost.

Microsoft has with the introduction of Exchange Online addressed all of these problems for CTOs.

  1. Skills shortage

In the past, your systems administrator would write a Microsoft competency test every 3 years as a new version was introduced. Today, what you studied last week for the competency test you’re writing next week, can be out of date. But that’s if you actually managed to find someone who can do the job well, who is keen to study and isn’t being head-hunted. Automatic patching eliminates the time and effort of maintaining your system. This means the staff you have can focus on business productivity to increase profitability.

  1. Security

Human error causes the majority of security breaches. It’s second nature for CTOs to be wary of phishing attempts, but security breaches happen because Freddy in accounts isn’t. Exchange Online helps protect Freddy’s information with advanced capabilities while anti-malware and anti-spam filtering protect his mailbox. Data loss prevention capabilities prevent users from mistakenly sending sensitive information to unauthorized people. Globally redundant servers, premier disaster recovery capabilities, and a team of security experts monitoring Exchange Online around the clock safeguarding your data. And with a guaranteed 99.9% uptime, financially-backed service level agreement, you can count on your email always being up and running.

  1. Cost

With Exchange Online, you’ll have no server maintenance meaning no late-night hardware upgrades, software patching or reboots! Instead, Exchange Online’s monthly subscription covers the cost of hosting the server, along with securing it. Your overhead costs – airconditioning, office space, energy, etc. – are reduced, and when you factor in Exchange Online’s robust security, data loss and disaster recovery services, the savings in cost are incredible!

Digital disruption affects all companies.

With IT still adapting to its more complex role in the company, CTOs are turning to experts to assist them with projects and change management. In general, people resist change – even when it will improve their work life. Thus, it is critical that the right expert partner is chosen to not only deploy Exchange Online but also gets the whole organization onboard to ensure the project is one of the highlights of your accomplished career. Microsoft, under Satya Nadella’s leadership, has changed its licensing models to move away from capital expenditure to operational expenditure and through their Cloud Solutions Provider (CSP) program has partnered widely with experts to ensure their end customer receives the best service possible. To learn more about the advantages of CSP, read this article on our blog.

Crimson Line – Experts in Cloud Migration will happily share our knowledge and experience with you, or your IT team, to ensure:

  1. the successful migration from Exchange Server 2010 to Exchange Online; and
  2. the buy-in from company employees about the need for moving to Exchange Online.

Crimson Line is a Productivity Microsoft partner as we incentivize our engineers to continuously improve their skill level, we’ve done 4000+ user migrations and with 21 years’ experience working with “antique” systems, we’ve seen it all. As an added bonus, we offer qualifying customers the option to pay for the migration cost in monthly instalments.

You stay in control.

Maintain control over your environment while gaining the advantage of hosting your email on Microsoft servers. Manage your organization efficiently with the Exchange admin center, an easy-to-use, web-based interface. Run In-Place eDiscovery across Exchange, SharePoint, and Skype for Business data from a single interface through the eDiscovery Center*. With mobile device policies, you can create approved mobile device lists, enforce PIN lock, and remove confidential company data from lost phones*.

*Available on certain licenses.