Technology can be expensive. It can be complicated, and it can be a downright pain to upgrade. Whatever the reason, we often see organizations holding onto very outdated technology and it’s hurting them more than you’d think.
Vintage Technology is Scarce
The older the technology is, the less of it you’ll find readily available to buy. If you ever took Econ 101, you’ll know that supply and demand rule pricing models. Yes, replacing all those old 73-gig hard drives might actually cost you more than buying a new storage system.
Specialized Technical Skills Cost
Those individuals who are familiar with the technologies of yore are far and few between, and they will charge you whatever they want to support your old systems. Worse yet – if you have a serious outage and you need one of them stat, you’re going to pay through the nose for it and be down for much longer than you’d like. And downtime? That costs your business lots of money. How long before your tech who supports that old Meridian or NEC phone system that you have been holding onto since the 1990s retires?
You Spend Your Time Fighting Fires
The likelihood of your technology failing or experiencing challenges compounds with every year you have it. Even the smallest IT environments can be complex, and having older technology just adds more variables into the equation.
The more time you spend babying your old environment is time lost to new initiatives or improvements. For example, if you’re backing up to tape and you need to restore a file for the CEO, you could spend hours running through it just to find that one file.
You’re Basically Throwing Money into an Incinerator
Well, not literally. But the more money you throw into this aging technology, the more you’re just prolonging a much-needed upgrade.
A customer approached us about upgrading their machines from Windows XP to Windows 10. After looking at the time required to do the incremental upgrades and patches to get their 10+ year old system up to Windows 10, it was much more cost effective to just buy new hardware outright. While their machines could handle running Windows 10, getting them there wasn’t worth the time and cost.
Here’s How You Know it’s Time to Upgrade
If you’re wondering if your technology is outdated, it probably is. While you can’t apply a rule of thumb since everyone’s environment and budget are different, three to five years is a good place to start. You might also have to crunch some numbers and compare: would replacing these pieces and parts cost me more than buying a new solution?