As we near the Chinese Year of the Dragon, we also enter the year of email server migration. 77% of companies who are migrating to Office 365 are doing so within the next 2 years according to a study by Loudhouse on behalf of Mimecast. That is a massive number of companies looking to upgrade their server estate and improve their systems. This seemingly flies in the face of the reports of some companies tightening their spending, as upgrading entails improvements not just to software but also hardware.
An infographic from Mimecast based on the report reveals some interesting statistics about email server migrations and the risks versus the benefits as companies see them. As a former mail server support expert who has had to do a fair number of upgrades for enhanced and extended functionality, I know upgrades and migrations from one system to another does not come without risks.
While the numbers tell one story in the infographic, the information behind the numbers is also interesting. It isn’t just the lack of support for Exchange 2003 that is driving these upgrades, given only 37% are concerned about security once support for Exchange 2003 is ended. Upgrading is more about increased capacity, availability of improved/upgraded server estate and cost effectiveness. In fact, 57% of business respondents are migrating due to the availability of improved servers, taking advantage of upgrading kit to also upgrade mail server capabilities. An equal number of survey respondants (57%) are upgrading for new features but not necessarily just for improved or enhanced security.
With 89% of companies migrating anything from 50GB to more than 500GB and expecting migrations to take up to a week or more, it seems to be a daunting task. With so much work and with new servers required for email migrations, it is amazing that 41% of UK companies think they will recoup the cost of the upgrade within a year.
Office 365 and Exchange 2010 have a lot going forthem with improved features and functionality for end users as well as the IT department.. While removal of support for Exchange 2003 may seem to be a motivating factor, the survey respondents clearly placed enhancements and improvements ahead of security and withdrawal of support as reasons for making the great email migration. Take a look at the other reasons uncovered by Loudhouse in the infographic.