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legacy device
Last modified: Wednesday, January 11, 2006 

An outdated device that a person or company has invested money in or is seen as an essential part of their system. Usually the term legacy device is used when referring to any device that is not Plug-and-Play compatible (i.e. in reference to older ISA devices).

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For the biggest enterprises, the sheer number of such devices, and the cost of replacing them, is vast. There is also the substantial cost of the resources required to install the replacement devices and retrain staff. There is therefore a massive incentive to prolong the lifetime of these legacy devices.

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