“Government spends over $60 billion to keep antique computer systems running.”
This are really shocking news, but working in the IT business for over 30 years this no surprise.
What worries is that a lot of these devices drive critical systems like in the Defense Department.
In the IT world there is a saying “Never change a running system” and that is for a reason.
But working with IT i also know that systems fail – eventually.
The thing is make the transition to the next hardware and software generation while the old system is still in good shape to serve as a backup until the new system can reliably replace it. Once you are beyond this point, keeping it up and running with Velcro and Duck Tape, you are in trouble.