As governments worldwide put stay-at-home measures in place, organizations moved quickly to have their employees work from home while continuing normal business operations. It fell on IT managers to rapidly respond with an optimized IT infrastructure that ensured complete business continuity.
Cloud computing, with its flexibility and IT agility, is a major component for optimizing operations. Migrating to the cloud adds several benefits, such as scalability with new technologies, lower cost of ownership, and security patching. In 2018, according to LogicMonitor’s Cloud Vision Study, main factors to move to the cloud are “IT agility, excelling at DevOps, mobility, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning, and the Internet of Things (IoT) adoption.” Further, once migrated to the cloud, IT professionals are seeing that data analytics and disaster recovery are “two application areas with great opportunity.” The ongoing pandemic intensified this need, with organizations “realizing the importance of cloud computing, as it has emerged as the biggest enabler for business continuity.”
However, the one issue in many organization’s data centers, and often their last hurdle in IT modernization, is critical and essential legacy applications running on legacy hardware. Aging technology is at an increasing risk of failing, recently highlighted with State department legacy IT systems seized with the recent influx of activity.
Not only are they at risk of failing, legacy systems are holding organizations back from moving to new technologies, better performance and faster delivery. In 2018, 76% of companies wanted to migrate to a cloud model to accelerate IT service delivery. Since the pandemic started, and the demand for employees to keep working in remote locations, the legacy applications trap has become more clear. In a study from Advanced, “98% of those surveyed reported active plans to move legacy applications to the Cloud in 2020.”
To optimize operations with full IT modernization, IT leaders currently have two options for their legacy applications: migration to a modern platform or emulation. Migration is often time-consuming and expensive and rarely stays to its proposed schedule. Emulation means IT managers can “lift and shift” the essential programs off the old hardware and onto a virtualized equivalent on the cloud. The Charon™ Solution, by Stromasys, can be installed remotely and does not require re-authentication or re-certification by system administrators. No changes are made to the applications, users experience the same “look and feel” and agencies can accelerate to full-speed operation, without the reliance on aging hardware.
Professional Target Marketing, a company based out of Toronto, migrated an essential application to the cloud remotely using the Charon emulation solution. Martin Novak, PTM’s IT Manager had peace-of-mind as this ultimately created a disaster recovery and business continuity plan before governments started issuing stay-at-home orders in North America.