What we don't know from the original article because there is a bit of sensationalist language in it is if the assumption that the VME system was installed on ICL hardware from 1974 and has existed and functioned ever since without update. Keep in mind that the current product is software-only running on x86/x64 gear from Fujitsu and is called OpenVME. There have been several intervening generations of hardware and software from 2900 to Series 39 to Trimetra/Nova and Supernova. How do we know from this article that they didn't buy or upgrade one or more times yet keep their apps basically the same (what works) on the same development platform? I don't believe the original 1974 hardware unchanged could cope with or keep up with business load for that department... I/O beast that it might have been for the time. It was probably upgraded/expanded in the 80's and 90's at least once or twice. The 70's disk drives alone wouldn't hold much (200MB and 40MB platters). That might not be a problem for a simple OS image, system files, and their apps but I think the data created would eventually start to fill available storage pretty quick.