Five Reasons Businesses Wait to Emulate Their Legacy Hardware


Do you have legacy hardware you haven’t emulated yet? You’re not alone. We find that many businesses hold off on emulating their hardware until they absolutely have to. If it’s working, it may seem as if there’s not much of an incentive to change anything–especially when changes cost money and require dedicated time.

Waiting can be risky, and it can also be more costly in the long run. We’ve compiled a list of the top five reasons we hear from businesses about why they put off emulating their legacy systems–and we’ve included some information about why waiting isn’t your best option. Take a look:

1. Nothing’s broken

The “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” mentality is often hard at work, but waiting to emulate legacy hardware until something breaks can be very expensive. Have you considered what that downtime would cost you?

2. It’s not a priority

Legacy systems aren’t necessarily the most glamorous systems. As your business is modernizing on other fronts, these back-room systems can fall to the wayside. But shouldn’t mission-critical apps be a priority?

3. Sounds expensive

Well, yes, emulation isn’t free. But our solutions are often less that a single year’s maintenance of the original hardware. And customers have seen annual maintenance fees reduced by as much as 90%. Read about it here.

4. It’s a temporary fix

While emulation can be a short-term solution before a full migration, it’s also the long-term solution for many customers. If your business has a time-tested legacy app, it still has a long life ahead of it once you swap out the original hardware for an x86 or cloud environment.

5. What? Emulation?

We’re always encountering customers who thought their only options were to buy spare parts for the legacy hardware or move to an entirely new platform. Emulation is the low-risk, cost-effective option employed by businesses around the world. If you’re ready to consider emulating your hardware, contact us today.