Microsoft SharePoint 2010 End of Life: What to Do Now?

The end of extended support for Microsoft’s SharePoint 2010 in October 2020 exposes enterprises using the legacy solution to security threats, support issues, and other problems that are commonly encountered with such platforms for which Microsoft has withdrawn support. Businesses that are still using the aging Microsoft document management system must act quickly to upgrade to newer technologies.

A lot has changed in the past ten years since SharePoint 2010 was launched. With the wide variety of options available, organizations, especially the ones that have heavily customized the intranet platform and have implemented a complex architecture need to consider the challenges and a longer term-trajectory before finalizing their choice. Let us present to you the options available after Microsoft SharePoint 2010 end of life.

What Are the Upgrade Paths for SharePoint 2010?

After all these years, Microsoft SharePoint continues to be the preferred option for a large number of businesses around the globe. It is now available as on-premises servers as well as a cloud-native solution.

Both solutions have their distinct advantages. On-premises servers are updated in iterations and are more suitable for businesses that need to retain their data within their servers. The cloud solution is a managed service provided by Microsoft.

Why Upgrade On-Premises SharePoint?

The most important reason for using on-premises SharePoint Server is that it offers full administrative control, good flexibility, and the freedom to secure data within the company’s premises. With every new iteration, Microsoft adds additional features to the SharePoint Server for enhancing its functionality and improving usability.

Since the launch of SharePoint Server 2010, Microsoft has released SharePoint 2013, SharePoint 2016, and SharePoint 2019. Each release has several improvements over the previous version. For enterprises that have compliance and regulatory concerns, or need to customize their system, upgrading to a later version of on-premises SharePoint becomes the obvious choice.

Why Migrate to SharePoint Online?

While many organizations use on-premises SharePoint Server, it is more common for businesses to adopt the cloud-native SharePoint Online solution. There are several reasons why modern businesses pivot toward this option.

The most important advantage of SharePoint Online is that it is always updated, unlike the on-premises versions that receive major updates only in new iterations. The subscription-based model of SharePoint Online makes it more affordable as there is virtually no capital expenditure on implementing the infrastructure for the server. Moreover, the inclusion of SharePoint Online in the Office 365 productivity suite ensures that users always have the best features as and when they are released.

When to Use SharePoint Server Hybrid?

Many businesses are apprehensive about completely moving from their on-premises server to SharePoint Online. Among other reasons, several of these businesses have complained that Power Automate for creating workflows in SharePoint Online does not have as many features as the now-retired SharePoint Designer HTML editor available with the earlier on-premises SharePoint Server. Such businesses can use SharePoint Server hybrid configuration that works with SharePoint 2013 onwards and integrate it with Microsoft 365 services for unifying functionality and data access.

Apps4Rent Assistance for SharePoint 2010 Upgrade

With SharePoint 2010 end of life in October 2020, the question businesses need to ask themselves is not if they have to upgrade, but when to do so. Regardless of the choice of the upgrade path, a SharePoint 2010 migration is a complex task. With over 17 years of experience and 17000+ successful migrations, Apps4Rent can help you upgrade your legacy SharePoint Server 2010. As a Tier 1 Microsoft CSP, we can even host your preferred SharePoint Server on our SSAE 16 level data centers to help you cut down costs and increase data security and compliance. Our SharePoint experts are available 24/7 via phone, chat, and email for SharePoint migration assistance. Contact us today for the best deals on SharePoint plans.

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