Business technology changes dramatically year-to-year. New Microsoft Exchange platforms have kept pace with advances like BYOD, remote always-on workforces and the need to protect and preserve sensitive data.
While your current Exchange Server version has remained a stable platform for business email, it’s a product of a technologically simpler time. And because Microsoft will stop supporting it, you won’t be able to count on security patches and other timely updates.
Staying with your current solution requires no new monetary investment or change to the user experience, but it comes with increased risk and costs. Without security patches, your email will become more vulnerable to hackers and may violate regulatory requirements against running unpatched software. You could also face increased support costs if you have to hire a third-party.
Given the risks, staying with your current solution usually isn’t the best option. So you have a choice to make: you can upgrade to a newer on-premises Exchange platform or you can move your Exchange email to the cloud.