IT managers and CIOs at midsize companies know the drill: Older IT applications and environments which, although less and less used, but must be operated in the data center.
A recent study shows, for example, that many companies that use SharePoint, are now operating 2 to 3 different versions of SharePoint and several farms. Everyone is talking about SharePoint 2013, SharePoint Online / Office365 and the new SharePoint 2016 - but actually old SharePoint 2007 and 2010 farms cause high costs.
The core problem of legacy platforms is that it is becoming increasingly expensive to keep them in operation. Old hardware, old operating systems and old backup software are expensive to maintain. Support and maintenance contracts, if still available at all, are also very expensive. But what to do with the workflows, the in-house developments and all the data that have been accumulated in SharePoint 2007 or 2010?
The solution to these and other legacy applications could be a Migration to the Virtual Private Cloud.
The same applies to applications implemented and running on Windows Server 2003 or SQL Server 2005. The regular support for these Servers from Microsoft has expired. A Migration is often difficult and expensive, so it is not worthwhile. But shutting them down is also not an option for many, as there are still important reference data therein, which are often used by a few users, and must be kept for another 5 or 10 years. The risk of legacy platforms becomes clear here: The manufacturers offer no more support and no more patches. The Admin team often does not have the necessary know-how any longer to further take care of the old systems. What to do with the risk that appears in all the lists and books?
Another frequent legacy platform used at many German SME's is Lotus Notes / Domino. In the 90s many workflow applications were used in the form of Notes databases, e-mail was managed with it, the Lotus Notes platform was for all users within the company in operation. Mid-00s, many companies have standardized their email landscape on Exchange and Outlook. Remained in Lotus Notes are often only small groups of users and many users of workflow applications, for whom a change - ie new development on a different platform - is not worth it.