Microsoft Exchange 2010 reaches the end of its extended support phase on January 14, 2020. Companies still using Exchange 2010 should start preparing for the migration now. Alternatives are the cloud-based Exchange version (stand-alone or with Office 365) and the local versions, Exchange Server 2016 and 2019.
Microsoft will no longer provide support for technical issues after January 14, 2020. Security measures for vulnerabilities will no longer be provided and regular security updates will be a thing of the past from this point on. As a result, the risk for affected companies will increase sharply. Exchange 2010 is not the only Microsoft product that won't be supported from January 14 next year: Windows 7, Windows 2008, Windows 2008 R2, and Windows Small Business Server 2008 are also affected and should be replaced as soon as possible.
Cloud or not cloud - that is the question
Exchange Server 2016 and 2019 (both supported until the end of 2025) as well as their counterpart from the Microsoft cloud, Exchange Online, differ only marginally in functional terms. Therefore, other factors such as data storage or costs often influence the decision as to whether the Exchange Server will be provided locally or migrated to the Office 365 cloud. Even though trends are clearly pointing in the direction of the cloud, the answer to this question is not always clear and must be resolved at the outset.
Does a Microsoft data center in Switzerland make the decision easier?
Until recently, the situation with regard to data storage was clear: anyone in Switzerland opting for Office 365 or Exchange Online had to accept that their data would be stored on foreign servers. With the announcement of a Microsoft data center in Switzerland, this barrier will fall. Microsoft is still wary of naming an exact availability date. According to statements, the first Azure services will be available in the second quarter of 2019. Some Office 365 services are to follow with a delay of three to six months and therefore at the end of 2019. It will probably be possible to switch to Office 365 before support expires, but it will be a very tight time frame.
Support with your migration planning
Are you not able to decide whether you should continue running the Exchange Server in-house or in the cloud? How does a commercial comparison look like in your specific situation? How would a migration to Exchange Online technically work? UMB is not only regarded as a pioneer in the area of Office 365, but also offers excellent engineering expertise with regard to Exchange 2016 and 2019. We will support you competently and independently, no matter which option you choose. We are happy to assist you.
Regardless, one thing is guaranteed. If you do nothing or act too late, it will no longer be possible to replace your Exchange 2010 environment in time. From our point of view this is the worst option. The clock is ticking...