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End of Support at a Glance and What to Do About it

All applications and operating systems eventually reach end of support. Aging infrastructure raises continual performance, security, and maintenance issues in IT. Server and app modernization need to be addressed, not just once but regularly. 

Take a look at our End of Support table to see how soon your OS will reach end of life. Perhaps its Extended Support period has already passed without you realizing it. 

End of Support Table

Many businesses are running OSs that have long reached end of support, despite the risks, because modernization seems daunting. How do you modernize IT infrastructure in a way that’s doable at scale and repeatable? At VirtaMove, we believe that both are possible if you have an automated migration methodology that will help you move forward efficiently and continually, when you need to move. A migration partner can help you succeed, and automation with parallel processes help you move at scale, seamlessly.

What makes VirtaMove app modernization different?

First, it’s not about jumping into a costly, resource intensive redevelopment effort. It’s also not about doing things manually, whether it’s an inventory audit or an in-place OS or app upgrade. Nor is it a fresh app re-install, because you probably want to hang on to all the state that you put into your app over the years. 

AI is at the heart of the VirtaMove solution, and we use it to discover, learn, capture, and move apps automatically to a better place. This saves a huge amount of time and money, and lets you move more apps in parallel for less effort and cost. Automation saves around 70% of the cost of a manual effort, and means that migration can occur in days or weeks, instead of months or years. 

What does a VirtaMove migration look like?

VirtaMove uses a proprietary, lightweight container as a moving box for stateful apps. Our intelligent migration software automatically discovers apps across your network, and then packages them, their components, and their data into a container on the new destination server. The containerized application is isolated from the underlying operating system and is portable. Perfect for testing on a new OS and a new server.

There’s no permanent reliance on our container: it can be removed at the end of the migration. When the container is removed, the app is re-installed on the new destination server. It then runs natively on a modern OS and new hardware, with all its configuration, patches, and upgrades. If you choose to run an app in a container, it can run on a hypervisor. 

Four Stages of App Modernization

Any required reconfiguration can be done dynamically and automatically. You can roll out thoughtfully as and where required, and step snapshots allow you to roll back just as easily. If you want to do a big redevelopment project down the road, there’s nothing stopping you. In the mean time, you’ve moved forward with better performance and security.

You don’t have to live with OSs that reached end of support years and even decades ago. If you’d like to learn about how to put a repeatable app modernization process in place, contact us today at sales@virtamove.com. We’re always pleased to share what we know.

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