Don’t Turn Your Back on Legacy Applications

Enterprises stand at a crossroads. The industry is moving towards cloud infrastructure, cloud-native applications and containerized workloads. That’s the future. However, most enterprises built their business on legacy applications. And these legacy workloads make up the majority of business critical, revenue-generating applications. Migrating to the cloud and cloud-native applications can’t be taken lightly. Enterprises can’t turn their back on legacy applications.

You Can’t Win with Two Competing Strategies
Unfortunately, most IT organizations are split. The vast majority of the organization (75-85%) is focused on maintaining security, mitigating risk and extending the life of current IT investments—”keeping the lights on”—while a growing percentage of the team is focused on adopting new technologies that drive innovation and performance. Gartner calls this split Bimodal IT where mode 1 focuses on the present and mode 2 focuses on the future. In fact, these two competing mindsets are such a part of the industry that IT teams and vendors identify themselves as supporting either mode 1 or mode 2.

This Bimodal challenge isn’t about learning how to adopt new technologies and architectures or how to switch back and forth between mode 1 and mode 2; it’s about bridging the gap between where enterprises are today and where they need to go tomorrow. How then can an enterprise replace the old with the new? How can they modernize without disrupting customers or revenue?

We believe that most vendors do not have adequate responses to these questions. Their goal is to lock you in with their existing services or entice you with promises of speed and agility without a clear plan for your existing applications. We believe that you should demand better.

A Single Platform for Cloud-Native and Legacy Applications
We believe that enterprises shouldn’t compromise. Security and innovation shouldn’t be split across competing modes, legacy applications shouldn’t be pitted against cloud-native applications, nor should on-premises data centers be abandoned for the cloud. Enterprises can’t afford to have these tradeoffs, especially when they are no longer necessary.

Apcera believes that your applications—new and existing—are what matter most, which is why we designed our platform from the ground up to deploy, orchestrate and govern containers and legacy applications across on-premises, cloud and hybrid environments.

Don’t relegate your legacy applications to second class citizenship. And, more importantly, don’t position some of your team to be the “support” for second class applications. The idea that you can manage two IT teams with one mission is ill-conceived at best. What you can do is implement a solution that allows you to bridge your organization and legacy applications to a modern state. You can maximize the value of existing infrastructure and applications investments while still providing a path to the future. You’re also saving yourself from the following awkward conversation with members of your team where you say, “We really like you. In fact, you’re so important we’re going to ask you to keep taking care of this legacy but critical application environment”.

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