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14 Jun 2022

Replacing legacy systems and safely migrating to the cloud

There are many reasons why businesses continue to use outdated legacy systems as part of their IT infrastructure. Typically, these systems are critical to the company's effective operation, and ultimately, replacing legacy resources can be extremely costly and disruptive.

Often, an older, legacy infrastructure built of disparate technologies can have grown organically, adding further complexity when establishing what has been built, how it works, and what it will take to replace it.

But, whilst most business management fear disruption, many are starting to appreciate the cost and efficiency benefits of migrating workloads to a cloud environment. Let’s look at the benefits of replacing your legacy resources and moving into the cloud.

The benefits of migrating away from legacy resources

As new technologies have been introduced, incorporated and updated, the costs of maintaining and running these systems have increased. Many technologies are no longer supported or are at odds with other applications and operating systems without employing complex ‘patches’. Finding staff who can work with them can be expensive and time-consuming. Many IT Managers are surprised at how much they can save on money and manpower by adopting more modern, mainstream and cost-effective technologies, like the cloud.

And that’s without mentioning the appeal of improved agility, availability, and efficiency. These factors are why many businesses are adopting cloud technology, either as a structured ‘on-ramp’ from on-premise to hybrid or full cloud adoption in one go.

But what about security? It might feel more secure to have all of your and your clients’, data residing in your legacy, on-premise systems where you can ‘see’ it. But it’s easier for cyber criminals to attack older systems, especially where security upgrades have been sporadic, through hurried patches and multiple historic access points. In comparison, cloud providers such as AWS and Azure are constantly improving their security infrastructure automatically, with dedicated teams of security experts working around the clock to ensure your data and your systems are protected. These teams are trained to keep pace with threats as they emerge, ensuring your security is completely updated.

Moving to the cloud also means there are no worries about end-of-life issues and data loss in the event of a malfunction or service disruption. If on-premises systems crash, data recovery could prove impossible and/or costly in both time and money, with no guarantee that you can save all that was lost.

The cloud means multiple backup services to ensure a swift recovery, no loss of data and almost seamless service continuity.

Where does OryxAlign come in?

Migrating your workloads to a cloud environment safely can be intimidating for even the most capable and resourceful IT community – which is where OryxAlign can help. Our strategic cloud platforms and proven expertise in assisting cloud migration ensure client businesses benefit from cloud infrastructure without undue disruption and, if necessary, without tying up valuable in-house resources. We examine what you have, what you need and where you want to be, helping our clients migrate to the cloud at a rate that suits the way they work and in a way that matches their business and technological aspirations, building the most effective and secure infrastructure from the ground up.

Financially, we can help clients facilitate change in one tranche as Capital expenditure or spread their costs as operational expenditure on a monthly service contract. After adoption, we can offer as much or as little assistance as our clients need to keep their infrastructure up to scratch and current. Importantly, as your business needs change, OryxAlign has the blueprint for your infrastructure and can help you scale your operations to accommodate your goals.

Before you make another upgrade, why not look at our migration failure guide – we also know how NOT to do it, and get in touch today to find out how we can assist your safe transition to the cloud.

Graham Smith

By Graham Smith