Exchange 2003 is no longer supported by Microsoft as of April 8, 2014.
Businesses still using Exchange Server 2003 are now prone to security threats without the critical upgrades and patches of a vendor-supported server. If you are one of these businesses, now is the time to think about your upgrade options. Fortunately, whether you're an office manager, executive, or IT employee, you don't have to go through the process alone.
AIE offers expert Exchange 2003 migration and upgrade consulting services.
An AIE engineer can walk you through the decision making process, complete the upgrade itself, or provide project planning support.
There are a variety of options for upgrading Exchange 2003, including:
- Office 365. Perhaps destined to be the most popular option, Office 365 is a fully hosted solution, scaleable from the small business to the large enterprise. Office 365 is the simplest, most cost-effective upgrade path; however, it may not be the best fit for all companies.
- On-Premise Exchange Server. While upgrading from one on-premise server to another may sound simple enough, there isn't a direct upgrade path for moving from Exchange 2003 to Exchange 2013. If an on-premise Exchange Server is the best option for your organization, you will need to upgrade to Exchange 2010, and then to Exchange 2013. This option also involves replacing all the hardware. However, for security purposes, this may be the best route for some businesses.
- Hybrid Environment. In some cases, a combination of Office 365 and a traditional Exchange server may be in order. Particularly in larger organizations, a hybrid environment, running Exchange 2013 or Exchange 2010 simultaneously with Office 365 can ease the transition.
Contact AIE today to schedule a free consultation on your migration options!