New Features Make It Worth the Effort to Upgrade to Exchange Server 2016

 In Microsoft, IT Planning

Microsoft ended mainstream support on Exchange Server 2010 more than two years ago, but many organizations haven’t yet made the move to later versions. While you may still be covered by extended support for another couple of years, there are good reasons to migrate to Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 now. Whether you use the cloud or still have your mail servers on premises, Exchange Server 2016 has new features that can help reduce the costs of running your mail servers.

Benefit from Simplified Architecture in 2016

Because email is such a core business service, it needs to run with hard-core reliability. Exchange 2016 has a new, simplified architecture that makes it easier to manage and even more reliable. There are no dependencies between Mailbox servers, letting you upgrade in the order that works for your business. Compared to Exchange 2010, Exchange 2016 enables savings on disks because it has lower IO needs and doesn’t require RAID.

Exchange 2016’s architecture requires only two server roles, for Mailbox and Edge Transport. There’s no session affinity needed between the various servers, so you can apply load balancing to client connections.

New Features of Exchange Server 2016

The Mailbox role provides mailbox services and client access functions. The Edge Transport role deals with mail that goes outside your internal network and includes protection against malware. 

Other features go beyond virus detection to offer data loss prevention services that detect transmission of personally identifiable information such as social security numbers. Compliance is also aided by additional archiving and e-discovery features; the new Compliance Search tool allows e-discovery search across many mailboxes.

Planning Your Upgrade

Before you begin an upgrade to take advantage of the new architecture and new features, make sure you’re ready. If you have third-party software that depends on Exchange, you may need to upgrade those products as well. You’ll also want to assess your CPU, RAM, and storage requirements to ensure you have enough capacity for Exchange Server 2016. You can’t upgrade in place, so you’ll need all-new servers and disks for the upgrade.

With careful planning, an upgrade to Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 will complete smoothly and bring benefits to your IT department. Errors in the upgrade process unfortunately can cause major disruption throughout your organization. Avoid those problems by working with Prescient Solutions, an experienced Microsoft Partner, to make sure your Exchange upgrade is successful.

We bring our expertise in all Microsoft infrastructure products to assessing your needs, planning the upgrade, and completing the migration successfully. Contact us to learn more about why you should upgrade to Microsoft Exchange Server 2016 and how Prescient Solutions can help you complete the process.

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