The bell tolls for Exchange Server 2007: what should you do?
By Cloud Direct • 05 Apr 2017
Are you still running Exchange Server 2007? What are your plans when Microsoft bangs the nail in the coffin for updates and support on 11th April 2017? Find out why migration to Office 365 is a smart move and what you need to do.
What are my choices when Exchange Server 2007 is no longer supported?
Well, firstly, move quickly. With no fixes, updates and technical support from Microsoft, you need to avoid risking the security and business continuity of your organisation. Look at your options and work out a migration plan.
Quite simply, you have two choices. You can either:
- Migrate your emails, calendars and contacts to Office 365 using a choice of three migration options: cutover, staged or hybrid
- Migrate your Exchange 2007 servers to a newer version of Exchange, still using your old-world, on-premises servers
Why Office 365 migration is the best choice
“No man is an island” John Donne, Meditation 17, Devotions upon Emergent
“No man is an island”, said writer and poet John Donne, commenting on the inter-connectivity of mankind in 1624. Nearly four hundred years later, cloud technology – specifically, the internet - is revolutionising the inter-connectivity of mankind, allowing people to connect with people, data and other technologies – no matter where they are or which device they’re using.
10 years is a long time in technology. I mean, why would your business even WANT to use the 10-year old technology of the Exchange Server 2007?
Retiring your on-premises Exchange Server and migrating your email to Office 365 is the smartest and simplest move you can make. With Office 365 you can ditch the archaic for the latest technologies – sourced from the cloud so it’s constantly updated and you’re always ahead of the curve.
With Office 365 Exchange Server, you get:
- Guaranteed 99.9% uptime
- A 100GB mailbox per user and unlimited archive
- Spam and malware protection
- Access to emails during and after an on-premise emergency
- InPlace and litigation hold for industry compliance
Save time, money and hassle – and reduce risk
As a cloud technology, moving away from on-premises servers to Microsoft’s UK cloud servers means you no longer have to:
- Purchase and maintain hardware
- Pay for ventilating and cooling your servers
- Keep up to date on security, product enhancements and other fixes
- Maintain storage and software to support compliance requirements
- Upgrade to newer versions of Exchange – you’ll always have the latest version of
Get the latest features first
Office 365 gets new features and experiences first, and users can normally start using them immediately, keeping your business at the front of the pack.
Here are some of the popular features behind Office 365 email.
1. Office 365 compliance capabilities
Office 365 users benefit from retention policies, in-place and litigation hold, in-place e-Discovery and more, supporting regulations such as the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). Find out more about how Office 365 keeps your business secure and compliant.
2. Office 365 groups – for collaboration
Designed to make companies more productive and innovative, Office 365 Groups helps users collaborate and share. The workspace comes with a shared inbox, calendar, document library, OneNote notebook and planning tool.
3. A focused inbox – for organisation
Focused Inbox in Office 365 helps you organise your inbox so you work more efficiently. It sorts your email into two views: ‘focused’ and ‘other’ so you can focus on the most important items first. Over time, using Machine Learning, the system learns to be more accurate based on your behaviour. For example, you can manually mark email as ‘focused’ or not – helping Focused Inbox become even more efficient.
4. MyAnalytics (formerly Delve analytics) – for time prioritisation
Microsoft MyAnalytics keeps you productive by providing insight into how you spend your time and who you spend it with. It tracks the time you spend in meetings, on emails and after hours so you know exactly where your time is going. MyAnalytics also provides you with information on how you collaborate, email read rates and response times and your overall collaboration time.
What you need to do now
Time is of the essence, so first you need to choose a specialist Microsoft Office 365 migration partner you can trust.
Then you’ll work with your partner to:
- Identify which migration path is best for your business: cutover, staged or hybrid
- Plan your migration, addressing a pre-migration checklist
To find out more, watch this webinar recording: “Secrets to successful email migration to Office 365”
If you’d like help migrating emails, calendars and contacts to Office 365 Exchange Online, please get in touch.
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