Microsoft Exchange 2003 reaches end of life on April 8th 2014
Over the last decade, email has not only become the communication backbone of many organisations but is also relied upon for the transfer and storage of critical business documentation.
The number and size of mailboxes has increased dramatically and is forecast to grow further in the coming years.
As the name suggests, Exchange 2003 is now more than 10 years old and whilst it has served many businesses very well, with minimal issues, moving on to the new version is now unavoidable.
Aside from the fact that Exchange 2003 will no longer be supported, Microsoft Exchange 2013 offers a far more robust solution designed specifically to cope with the rigours of the modern IT environment. It allows larger mailboxes required to handle the increased file size of attachments and sheer volume of email generated – 20% of email users have more than 21,000 messages in their inbox.
Exchange 2013 could also open up new opportunities in terms of mobility or integration with telephone systems, and is fully compatible with the latest version of Office. In fact, if you are looking to upgrade your productivity software you will incur additional costs for the downgrade rights option required to work with Exchange 2003.
As you consider your options, it’s certainly worth noting that email offers an ideal stepping stone into the Cloud, either with Hosted Exchange or Office 365. The reason for this is that, contrary to common misconception, email doesn’t work in real-time so unlike many cloud-based services it isn’t reliant on connectivity.
In addition to advice and guidance on upgrading to Exchange 2013 or a hosted email solution, we can offer a full cloud readiness assessment to help you understand how you are placed to take advantage of cloud-based services and solutions and the risks that might be involved.