The Three Hidden Costs of Legacy Databases

April 13, 2024

No matter what industry you’re in, IT cost escalation is one of the top challenges faced by technical leaders  today. When an organization relies on legacy databases, hidden costs can end up reducing efficiency, consuming too much of your IT budget, and derailing innovation, which ends up impacting organizational health as a whole. No one likes surprises when it comes to the cost of doing business. These are the three IT budget burdens that every executive needs to be on the lookout for:

  1. Licensing Fees. Many businesses today are tied to legacy database providers, and as a result, they pay substantial renewal fees year over year. Those dollars would surely be better spent on innovation, but are instead wasted due to vendor lock-in. When left unchecked, this situation can hinder growth in an increasingly competitive market.
  2. Hardware upgrades. These same organizations must often pay for hardware upgrades to support database scalability to maintain performance levels, imposing additional financial burdens. With the ever-increasing amount of data today and into the foreseeable future, data scalability will remain critical to operational success. 
  3. Overhead costs. Inefficiencies caused by legacy systems place a higher burden on IT staff, increasing overhead costs. Technical workers must use their time and expertise to manually perform tasks related to backups, upgrades, and security measures. This takes up a significant portion of their time on maintenance activities, taking away from more strategic projects.

As you can imagine, the cumulative impact of these three hidden costs ends up continually depleting IT budgets. Tech leaders agree: it’s time for a change. As an open-source database platform, EDB Postgres significantly disrupts traditional cost structures in IT cost management, offering substantial savings in proprietary database expenses. With flexible deployment options and a transparent pricing model, IT professionals can drastically reduce costs without sacrificing capability or scalability. This strategic approach optimizes software licensing, hardware procurement, and staffing budgets, thereby freeing up precious resources for innovation and growth. 

Learn about the other top challenges in IT cost management, including backup recovery, migration complexities and more in our latest whitepaper “Slash Your Database Costs and Boost IT Efficiency With EDB Postgres.”

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