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Old technology solutions – every organization has a few of them tucked away somewhere.

It could be an old and unsupported storage system or a tape library holding the still-functional backups from over 10 years ago.

This is a common scenario with software too. For example, consider an accounting software suite that was extremely expensive when it was purchased. If the vendor eventually went under, then there’s no longer any support for the software – which means that the accounting solution only works on some older operating system that isn’t supplied with updates either.

How valuable is it to keep older solutions like this running? Well, organizations don’t enjoy running old legacy systems just for the pleasure of it, but they’re often forced to keep them running because it’s their only option, or at least the only cost-effective option available to them.

If it works, it works…?

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