NASA legacy code backup case-study

Adepto USA
2 min readJul 2, 2021

Three key outcomes we can learn from

It shouldn’t be rocket science to do a backup and protect your systems. At least what we at Adepto think when it comes to IT infrastructure protection despite some critical cases that can happen.

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How many complicated cases you have in your life when it comes to backup SunOS code from 1992, while the operations shouldn’t be interrupted? Also, you should make sure during the process the system is secure, maintainable, scalable, and data accessible to the global community.

Now imagine you work for NASA, and there’s a case to back up a legacy code for projects like Voyager 1 and 2 with a 40 years’ project history. I had the pleasure to hear a case study from Randi Levin (CIO of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory) during the CIO’s Future of Cloud and Digital Infrastructure Summit. In a fascinating talk, Ms. Levin shared the specifics for such a legacy backup and how it was back up to new systems directly.

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Three key outcomes that impress and what we can learn from NASA legacy code backup case-study are the following:

1. The IT culture relates to the whole culture of NASA.
Do things that nobody else does philosophy, gives a progressive explanation on how proactively to approach challenges. Culture itself can be a suitable tool to bring innovations.

2. Automation and cloud go hands-in-hands.
In the age of automation where the cloud is a synonym for IT modernization, automation is the next logical step. As the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, CIO declared the idea of how to automate science and apply ML & AI to the science data.

3. Establish a high-skill-set community.
As Randi Levin shares, “We are growling out multi-cloud strategy skills”. Such a mindset helps companies to evaluate continuous technology development. Also, establish the right partnerships as the cloud evolves and make sure you are not behind the competitors.

From a technical perspective, Refactoring: Improving the Design of Existing Code by Martin Fowler and Refactoring to Patterns by Joshua Kerievsky can give you more details on how methods like refactoring and unit testing works.

Or you can book a call with an Agent from Adepto and learn more about Adepto Cyber Protect Guard BaaS and learn how to protect your legacy systems in the cloud.



Adepto USA

Adepto USA is a US entity, part of the Lirex group based in the EU, and it’s highly skilled in Backup-as-a-Service, Desktop-as-a-Service and managed services