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Stories by Keith Newman and James Hall

Rich legacy

While the victors of the 1990s operating system and platform wars pressurise businesses to move up, legacy users have tough decisions to make when caught between the rock of past investment and the hard place of technological change.
Most IT managers aren’t too concerned at having the equivalent of a 1957 Chevy or an MGBGT in their data centres, as long as they remain roadworthy. But then, there’s always the fear the mechanics who nurse these jalopies along are nearing retirement, modifications are not being documented, parts are becoming scarce – and then there’s that annoying knocking sound in the engine ...

Written by Keith Newman and James Hall28 Feb. 04 22:00