We know a thing or two about legacy systems

Twilio – a cloud communications platform – conducted an online survey on how COVID-19 has accelerated businesses towards their digital transformation, and they came back with some interesting results from the UK respondents. 96% of UK decision makers said that the recent pandemic has sped up their company’s plans to digitally transform. 

As many businesses in the UK look to integrate more digital technology and automation, some may find they are anchored down by their old, legacy systems. These legacy systems may still be used to run mission-critical workloads that are very important and if they were to break or stop working, it could cripple their business. It’s why some businesses are reluctant on making the transition to cloud architecture, as the risk is too high if these systems were to fall over.

Legacy in the cloud

This does not mean if you have a legacy system it can’t be moved to the cloud, it means you should only trust an MSP (Managed Service Provider) who has the experience and expertise in transitioning these systems. I spoke to Darren Smith, Product Manager at Blue Chip, about how we can transition legacy systems to the cloud.

“We can transition not only the most up-to-date applications, but we can bring legacy and hard-to-move applications into our cloud environment. Our network is very flexible, and we can support all requirements. We use legacy swing kits to keep the customer running on site while we’re actually bringing them into our cloud.”

Blue Chip has a lot of experience in bringing legacy systems to the cloud. In 2019, an international travel company approached us as they were still paying hardware maintenance for their AS/400 and it was costing them a fortune because of the age of the kit.

They were reluctant in making an AS/400 migration to cloud as they only heard horror stories from other companies trying to do the same thing. Moving databases, applications and operating systems from this server lineage, with a legacy dating back to the System/3 era from 1970, is not easy across hardware, let alone to a cloud platform.

Blue Chip was able to migrate their old IBM systems into our cloud infrastructure in a matter of weeks with no data loss, no unexpected glitches, and no impact on their day-to-day tasks. We were only able to do this because of our technical staff and their expertise around legacy systems and cloud architecture.

Knowing IBM systems inside out

Many of our engineers have worked for OEMs in the past, such as IBM and Lenovo. Working with insider knowledge has helped make many migrations and hardware upgrades go without a hitch. We hold comprehensive training programmes for newly recruited engineers, covering a multitude of brands across servers, storage and networking. The aim is to support anything within the four walls of a data centre, regardless of age.

We hold a great deal of IBM equipment, which includes mainframes and the mid-range Power Systems. The IBM i heritage is most prolific in our work, covering the various iterations of the platform, whether it’s iSeries, System i or AS/400.

That’s not to say we’re not paying attention to the future of these highly coveted systems, as we also deal with POWER9-badged servers. As a certified IBM Platinum Business Partner, we’re committed to working with both IBM i and AIX operating systems, in addition to Windows, Linux and Unix.

IBM Power Systems, together with IBM FlashCore storage, have been the foundation for Blue Chip Cloud, housed in our Tier IV by design data centre. Cloud migrations from dated IBM hardware are an everyday occurrence for our esteemed engineers.

Make your AS/400 migration to cloud easy

If you are like the many businesses looking at moving your workloads away from legacy systems, Blue Chip is the only UK-based MSP you can trust. With experience in successfully moving many legacy systems, contact us today to see what can be done for you.


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