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Mar 7, 2017

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A decade in technology is a whole lifetime

As Microsoft’s Exchange Server 2007 enters its 10th year, we know this will be its last, as the company prepares to end its support.

10 years in technology terms is a whole lifetime. When you think about all the technology you use to enhance your daily life; your smartphone, your car, your laptop or tablet, it’s likely that most, if not all, will be way under 10 years old.

Email server technology is no different. It has evolved massively in 10 years, as modern day equivalents such as Exchange Server 2016 will now offer high data availability with greater connectivity functions between on and off-site systems such as Office 365. Equally, the modern day technology will synchronise more seamlessly with any number of business tools and attachments.

Okay, so if you are currently using Exchange Server 2007, it would be wise for you to start considering data migration of all their email and calendar infrastructure to another system, either another version of Exchange or even a cloud based application that will integrate well with your current systems.

We don’t want to be the bearer of bad news, but with Exchange Server 2007 no longer being supported, what this effectively means is that not only will the company no longer support any service ticket requests, but it will also no longer provide security updates or patches. In a nutshell, this is going to leave your whole email system vulnerable to infiltration, as without these updates it’s like having a 10 year old car without giving it a service.

As revolutionary as Exchange 2007 was at the time, the latest versions of Exchange Server and Office 365 are far superior with even more to offer. For anyone still running Exchange 2007, there are many options available to suit most budgets and that will integrate with your current infrastructure.

If you feel your own IT systems might fall victim to an end of life cycle soon, fear not. We have developed a modern day approach to the IT audit, called ‘The Modern Office’. We review your current office setting, and then redefine and make recommendations on how the business’s IT can evolve to take full advantage of the wide range of modern technologies available to you that can remove business risks and support business growth.