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What to Do with Legacy Software

Are you running old, legacy software? If you’re the federal government, you are.

According to CNN’s coverage of a new report, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that the Pentagon is still using 1970s-era computing systems to run our nuclear program that requires 8-inch floppy disks. These disks are used to coordinate intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), nuclear bombers and tanker support aircraft. Do you even remember 8-inch floppy disks? Most of us only remember 3.5-inch and 4.25-inch floppy disks…

While you can all laugh at the folly of the US government and all the bureaucracy, what about your legacy applications? If you’ve got software that dates back to when MySpace was popular, here’s what to do about it.


EMC InfoArchive is software that allows you to migrate data from legacy systems to your current applications. It ingests all types of structured data and unstructured content in a single unified archive providing greater contextual value for related information. If you need to adhere to regulations like HIPAA, Dodd-Frank or EMIR, InfoArchive provides a long-term compliant archive meeting retention requirements and ensuring auditability, defensibility and easy accessibility.

Most importantly, InfoArchive helps focus your IT budget on innovation rather than maintenance by reducing the cost of retaining regulated and static information, which can account for up to 70% your IT budget – in as painless a way as you’re going to find on the market today.

Mortgage Industry Example

Banks are constantly buying each other. Because of audit implications, it’s important to keep old systems running but they also have to move forward on the acquirer’s system. With InfoArchive, we can surface the data to the new system and decommission outdated software. InfoArchive then pays for itself in the first 1-2 years just by no longer needing to pay someone to maintain the legacy software, not to mention major productivity gains.

InfoArchive also enables you to slice and dice data legacy data like never before. This allows you to acquire big data analytics, obtain new insights and achieve new levels of innovation.

Next Steps

The government has planned to move off of their ancient nuclear system by the end of 2017, so what about your legacy systems?

Contact us to learn more about InfoArchive, migrating data and decommissioning legacy applications