Exchange 2003 EOL is April 8th, time for cloud AD and email?

Although Windows XP’s EOL has been very well-publicized, my guess is that there may actually still be Exchange 2003 users surprised by the fact that along with Windows XP being EOL April 8th, Exchange 2003 will be as well.  Since this effectively means “no security patching” from Microsoft after that date, now is a good time to not only look at a Microsoft upgrade path but “other” cloud upgrade paths.

Why should a business limit itself to considering only Microsoft for email when, to get to the latest version of Exchange is, per the experts, a two-upgrade process, starting with Exchange 2010 BEFORE trying to move to Exchange 2013.  And aren’t we already in calendar year 2014?

Since an Exchange upgrade is an upgrade requiring tight integration/coordination around Active Directory, now is also the time to consider Microsoft AD alternatives.

Refer to my prior blog post http://goo.gl/5mM3TL for one AD vendor worth speaking with now, Okta.   Re:email, why not consider GMail?  Small-mid sized businesses should be able to get help from their local VAR as blogged about at http://goo.gl/3g)srV.

For full details on the Exchange EOL scenario, please refer to Transitioning from Exchange 2003: It’s Harder Than You Think — Redmondmag.com.

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