Bank: Century Bank Problem: New servers were going to cost the bank more than it wanted to spend. Solution: Outsource the core processing and let the vendor take care of the hardware.

In the spring of 2010, Century Bank of Medford, Mass., was facing another large capital expenditure aimed at refreshing its IBM hardware. It had used IBM boxes for 34 years to power its back-end processing, beginning with an IBM System/3 minicomputer deployed in July 1977. It purchased several IBM boxes in the intervening years, including a System/36 minicomputer, a System/38 midrange in the 1980s and an AS400 in the 1990s.

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