Legacy IT systems cause many problems, from high maintenance costs to security risks and data silos. They should be replaced with newer solutions, but SMBs are reluctant to do so for several reasons.

Here are some of the most common concerns we hear:

  • It’s not perfect, but it works
  • Upgrading is too expensive
  • Upgrading means downtime
  • The system is highly customized
  • Operational risks are too high to change
  • We’ve spent too much investing in the legacy platform

Other than “it’s not perfect, but it works”, we can safely say that most concerns do not hold weight when looking into potential solutions.

Ultimately, legacy falls short as it is at the end of its life. It has maintenance, security, compliance and performance concerns. Keeping outdated technology often raises costs and reduces productivity, eating into resources.

However, the factor that gets most SMBs to replace legacy IT is security. New security threats crop up by the thousands every day in today’s world, and no longer-supported IT can’t meet security requirements.

Leaving legacy IT behind with automation 

Leaving legacy IT behind is essential for business agility; you cannot expect legacy IT to continue meeting the changing demands of your business.

Additionally, when too many resources get allocated to maintaining legacy IT, there’s no opportunity for research and development. You get stuck in a legacy cycle, stunting digital transformation and innovation in your business.

Of course, leaving legacy behind is difficult when you don’t know where to start. This is where HPE solutions come in.

For example, HPE Solutions Wizard finds the best server, storage and network solutions for your business, automating equipment building.

Then, you can use HPE Intelligent Provisioning and HPE Rapid Setup tools to automate the setup and configuration process, simplifying deployment for IT and significantly reducing the time it takes to replace your old systems.

HPE InfoSight brings AI-powered autonomous operations that leverage cloud-based analytics to ensure your environment is always-on for workflows. Meanwhile, HPE OneView automates provisioning and lifecycle management.

HPE offers a suite of solutions to size, specify, and deploy new technologies like servers, storage, networking devices and software, and automate tasks IT professionals are required to do, reducing manual workflows.

Automation is the key to replacing legacy systems with technologies that streamline workflows and benefit IT personnel. Feel free to get in touch to chat about how HPE solutions can help transform your business.