4 Steps When Hardware and Software Have Expired

When a software or hardware product reaches the End of Life (EoL) or End of Service (EoS) stage, it means the manufacturer no longer provides support. This lack of support means these technologies no longer have routine internal security measures or manufacturer support. That’s a risk to your business. However, you can mitigate the risks of EoL software/hardware and safeguard your business.

Step 1: Prioritize Security 

If you’ve identified EoL software or hardware, prioritizing security is paramount. A reputable vendor capable of providing essential security protocols and tools to safeguard your data is a good first step. They can help you develop a plan to minimize the potential security risks with action items like:

  • Implementing two-factor authentication.  
  • Heightened monitoring of high-risk items or areas.  

Step 2: Measure Productivity

Productivity can also be impacted by outdated software or hardware. Here’s how you can mitigate potential disruptions:

  • Monitor performance of the software or hardware and identify any escalating issues.
  • Educate employees about the status of these tools so they know what to expect.
  • Establish a contingency plan in the event of a complete failure of the software or hardware.

Step 3: Evaluate Long-Term Needs 

When planning and budgeting, evaluating the long-term viability of your hardware and software is critical.  

  • Identify the systems you consider critical to your business.  
  • Assess the risks and consequences associated with using EoL systems to help prioritize upgrades or changes. 

Step 4: Test Compatibility Before Migration

Even though the EoL date for a system may be in the future, planning for migration should commence well in advance to minimize disruptions during the process. Testing compatibility is a fundamental initial step in transitioning to a new system. Verify that all your data and applications can seamlessly transfer to the new system by setting up a test environment and conducting thorough tests.

Implementing the steps to mitigate these risks may seem overwhelming without the right assistance. This is where a IT service provider like us can provide valuable support. We help businesses like yours take stock of your current software and hardware and make plans for technology that can support your business long term

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