Gartner Research

Build a Leaner Data Center Through Application Retirement

Published: 24 October 2013

ID: G00255877

Analyst(s): Alan Dayley , Garth Landers


Enterprises endure high costs managing legacy applications just to preserve data assets. We recommend a planned approach to application retirement that manages data based on access and governance requirements. This research is intended for application owners, administrators and data analysts.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Build a Business Case and Create Incentives for Application Retirement
    • Capital Expenditures to Maintain Legacy Applications
    • Operating Expenses Include Administration, Backup and Database Expertise
    • The Cost of Failed Audits and E-Discovery
    • Job Transformation and Skills Enhancements
  • Prioritize Applications for Retirement
    • Access to Data
    • Retention Management
    • E-Discovery Requirements
    • On-Premises Data Storage or the Cloud
    • Big Data Implications
    • Associated Unstructured Content
  • Summary

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