A private university was running their student record system on a DS25 Alpha system, and due to student information laws, they were required to maintain old records for a certain number of years. The college’s IT needed a solution to keep the Alpha running and accessible, as many options they reviewed were very expensive and time intensive. The system had only had small issues over the years, such as occasional tape drive failures, but support costs were substantial, and the system administrators knew that the age of the hardware was a major risk. The university needed a way to maintain access to the Alpha system without spending a fortune.
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