“Older infrastructure that can’t be patched or properly protected makes you more vulnerable to an attack or breach. Cybercriminals know what vulnerabilities are associated with specific equipment making it easier for them to gain access to your network.”
Technology debt is prevalent in all industries and verticals and accumulates over time. Left unchecked it can compound and cause major stability issues. If you’re running outdated equipment in your environment, you may be noticing some recurring issues. While these issues may seem small and slightly inconvenient at times, they can actually be more serious than you think.
For example, Greg Manson, VP of Tego’s Security, Audit, and Compliance team says that running legacy infrastructure can make an organization more vulnerable to a breach or attack. “The older the equipment, the less likely it is to be compatible with software updates and patching,” says Manson. “Older infrastructure that can’t be patched or properly protected makes you more vulnerable to an attack or breach. Cybercriminals know what vulnerabilities are associated with specific equipment making it easier for them to gain access to your network.”
Additionally, if you can’t run the software applications you need to run, it’s unlikely your hardware can support your organization’s workload. Legacy infrastructure will eventually become unstable. Jason Buckner, Director of Professional Services at Tego, says the number one reason customers experience downtime is when they run systems past five years. “Infrastructure doesn’t last forever,” says Buckner. “If you’re running applications on old devices and servers, the probability of experiencing downtime drastically increases over time. As your organization grows, your infrastructure should be able to keep up with your workload.” If infrastructure has become unstable and unreliable, it can make it more difficult for your users to work without interruption. The need to take downtime unexpectedly during the day can frustrate both internal and external users and impact productivity.
Consider the cost of upgrading your equipment vs. what you’re spending now. Odds are the initial investment up front will end up saving you money in the long run. Today’s technology can be not only efficient and top-performing, but energy efficient as well. Planning early to budget for infrastructure updates is critical in avoiding technology debt.
Tego can work with you to prioritize the infrastructure devices for replacement and help you build a roadmap for future in line with your change management policies. Our network assessments provide an in-depth analysis of your infrastructure along with recommendations for improvement. Contact us today to schedule your network assessment.