Developing a System Migration Strategy with Charon

If you have a legacy system, the hardware is aging and in danger of failing. Replacement parts may be hard to come by. Do you have a strategy to prepare for that imminent day?

Organizations with legacy systems know they must have a plan to maintain their critical applications. When hardware breaks and a part needs replacing, it may take days to get it from eBay. Delays searching for the part and waiting for it to arrive means downtime. Downtime, of course, costs money. For many organizations, this is the moment when they realize they have a problem: the system is failing, and it impacts the business.

To create a plan, organizations first assess their options:

  • Option A is to maintain the aging hardware, and that generally means looking to eBay or other used part resellers, as mentioned above.
  • Option B is to migrate the software. While often effective, this is costly and time-consuming, not to mention risky, and thus may not be a realistic option.

Without knowledge of Charon, this is where system migration strategies stop. Organizations choosing between Option A and Option B often find themselves between a rock and a hard place.

With Charon, there is an easier, cheaper, and better way. Charon virtualizes the legacy hardware, allowing legacy applications to run, unmodified, on industry standard servers. The headaches of Option A are eliminated: there is no need to look for spare parts for the legacy hardware, because Charon makes the hardware unnecessary. And unlike Option B, Charon is cost-effective, low risk, and has a relatively short implementation process (a matter of days, often less than a week).OK

So what does the plan look like once an organization decides to implement Charon?

The first thing to do is talk to Stromasys. Our team of technical experts have a wealth of experience working with legacy hardware, applications, and operating systems. A Stromasys specialist with expert knowledge of your hardware and legacy OS will work with you as you take an inventory of your systems, and then the specialist will analyze your environment to determine the product that will best meet the needs of your situation.

The next step, and an optional one, is a Proof of Concept (PoC). In the PoC, we install Charon on your  industry standard server then restore a full backup of your legacy system. In most cases, this is an opportunity to test fully your applications in the Charon environment.  When testing completes successfully, your business prepares a PO for the license, we do a final restore of the production system to the new hardware, and then cut over.

With a Charon system migration plan, your pain points are gone. Your legacy applications run just as they always have, users do not have to be retrained, your team doesn’t live in fear of downtime, and business continuity is ensured.