Legacy OS operations face an attribute that cuts both ways. Okay, they are senior. Elderly seems to connote a better role, with respect for experience. So that’s the attribute, and it cuts for and against a legacy customer.
For: The OS is stable and trustworthy. It can be more secure, too. It is affordable.
Against: The OS is not modern. It does not use more current technologies — at least not easily.
Both the For and the Against are a part of #LegacyOSLife. How to remedy the Against, without abandoning the For? Lift and Shift can help.
The solution of migrating apps off the legacy hardware and into the cloud prevents organizations from further modernization plans. The legacy hardware is also at a growing risk of failure, an increasing cost to maintain, and a vulnerable security risk.
In the HP 3000 community, the Lift and Shift strategy gave customers a way to move forward. But the customers had to drop HP’s hardware and even the OS. A very tough lift, although not as hard as an application rewrite.
IT strategy sits in a new era, thank goodness. The hardware does not need to hold back a modernization strategy. Proven legacy components like the OS and the applications can be lifted to a modern platform, or the cloud. Some newer technologies come directly online when the hardware becomes x86-based.
Storage has radically different scope in a datacenter where x86 is the baseline. Networking becomes more approachable. Tools such as backup and mirroring and shadowing take on new options.
For any company that has good succession planning in place—personnel backups for top tech veterans—staying in place on a new hosting platform is sound thinking.
If succession isn’t quite there, one good motivator for migrations might be something that an HP migration provider Fresche Solutions calles a human resources map. “You have an aging set of programmers who are managing these systems,” says Chris Koppe of Fresche. “If companies actually did HR maps, they’d realize that a lot of the people who know how to maintain their legacy systems may be up for retirement in the next five to 10 years.”