Legacy computing can protect from uncertain futures

The world has changed forever as we grapple with the impact of COVID-19. Businesses and services are revamping their plans and focusing on maintaining infrastructure. C-19, as some experts are calling the viral disease, has removed workers from offices, capitalization from markets, and certainty from futures.

Legacy computing is being promoted to the front ranks in these viral times.

There’s about to be a serious disturbance in the force of IT advancements. As high-dollar projects for migrations get taken to the sidelines, using a legacy OS looks more like a prudent strategy. Most legacy systems are already fully depreciated, a resource that doesn’t beg for capital expenditure. There might be less budget for changes in the months to come. Using a legacy server makes room for preservation IT.

Legacy computing customers sometimes use staff practices that save money, too. The expert in OpenVMS, MPE/iX, Solaris, or Tru64 is often on-call, rather than on a payroll. With IT employment in the crosshairs, operating servers with those environments can preserve budgets that may be stressed this year. Contracted expertise usually works from home already.

Much of the world’s IT infrastructure will be pressed harder in the months to come. Bandwidth and server storage needs will increase as everyone goes home to work. Those conference room meetings are going online. Even the simplest home office arrangements must track computer activity, just to ensure there’s work happening at home. None of that flows through legacy systems. They’re in place to deliver data, just as always, data those meetings and home offices demand.

Legacy computing isn’t as dazzling as its more current cousins. What the new world of preservation IT needs, though, are assured services. There’s so much we don’t know about our futures in the time of C-19. The only question that legacy computing needs to answer this year is, “How much longer can you stay on the job, so we don’t have to invest in something new?”

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