State-of-the-art IT—including virtualization technologies, mobile devices, and cloud computing—now more than ever needs to adapt to new requirements, while continuing to meet in-house and external standards. Yet some older technologies, such as host systems and emulation solutions, are proving to be extremely durable.
Are today’s requirements for corporate IT compatible with the deployment of so-called outdated technologies? Will emulation solutions continue to be viable, are they being merely tolerated, or are their days finally numbered? How important are they within the landscape of modern technology?
According to a recent study by Attachmate, host systems and terminal emulation are still indispensable for most European companies. The results of the survey, titled The Changing IT Landscape, suggest that old and new technologies will have to coexist. In this case, new technology will not necessarily displace old technology that has been an IT staple for decades.
Survey at a Glance
- 605 participants responded.
- Participants represented industries such as IT, telecom, banking and insurance, service providers, and government.
- Participants indicated how many host and emulation solutions their company uses, whether they are critical, and whether deployment of these technologies is still planned.
- The majority of respondents stated that terminal emulation software and host systems are still indispensable in their companies.
- Many respondents use emulation solutions not just for bookkeeping, warehouse, distribution, or HR, but also for software development.
- Approximately 75 percent of IT departments are still using one or multiple host systems for the administration of company-specific customer data.
- 32.2 percent of participants view emulation solutions as strategically important for corporate success.
- More than 60 percent of employers plan to switch to the Microsoft Windows 7 platform within the next three years.
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