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Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced yesterday that the AWS Mainframe Modernization Service is open to the public. AWS claims that by facilitating the re-installation of mainframe-based workloads in the cloud, the service will make the modernization process easier, faster and more cost-effective for customers. It was a service though was officially presented In November 2021, it was made available to the public only today.
Mainframes: still living heritage
Global businesses today are looking for the best ways to create value for their businesses, and that usually includes automation certain work processes. One of them is the storage and processing of billions of transactions in real time, a responsibility that has been fulfilled since the invention of the main computer in the 1930s.
Although experts mainframeni a old technology with outdated systems, a report According to Skillsoft, mainframes are still used in various industries, especially in data-intensive industries. With $ 2.9 billion market forecast By 2025, according to Research and Markets, “the global mainframe market is set to grow significantly” as companies continue to use primary computers.
A key contribution to Mainframe’s continued relevance is the ability of industry leaders to modernize the system without changing its foundation. Cloud computing they are a way to do it. However, the implementation of these mainframe modernization processes is not without problems. Forresterin The report on solving the major problem of mainframe modernization highlighted three main problems: filling the talent gap, the difficult requirements of integration into new workflows, and the high cost of modernization and maintenance processes.
Advanced The survey also substantiates Forrester’s findings that 89% of CIOs and IT leaders surveyed acknowledged their concerns about inherited talent gaps, 77% had started but failed to complete at least one modernization program, and 38% blames unreasonable planning on failed modernization programs. Despite the challenges and complexities, the report proved that organizations are in the market for better, more cost-effective tools that are guaranteed to increase productivity in facilitating strategic transitions in the cloud.
Modernization of mainframe technology
Gartner offered seven options for modernizing old systems. Three of these options are included in AWS’s new service: rehost, refactor and replatform. The host again selection code allows you to transfer certain parts of the application to another system without changing its functions or features. The AWS service is helping Infosys Public Service, one of its current customers, reap these benefits, says President and CEO Eric Paternoster.[is] Using AWS services to automate and accelerate the migration of major COBOL-based applications to Java-based applications for the public sector transport provider.
The refractor option mentioned by Gartner involves reconfiguring and optimizing existing code. By transforming mainframe-based applications into modern cloud services, the AWS Mainframe Modernization service allows customers to refract core workloads to work in AWS. This is one way for companies to reduce and eliminate costs technical debtAccording to AWS General Manager of Migration Services William Platt.
Another modernization option proposed by Gartner is replatform, which is a migration strategy that involves moving the program from the old platform to a new runtime platform with minimal code changes. Replication on the AWS platform is an alternative to refactoring, because customers who decide to keep their applications in writing can re-platform their workload in the cloud by reusing existing code with minimal changes.
With a managed runtime environment installed on the platform, there is room for computing, memory, and memory needed to run both reworked and re-platformed applications. The platform also automates capacity building, security, load balance, scale and application health monitoring.
Platt emphasizes that “[With] With AWS Mainframe Modernization, clients and system integrators can now quickly and easily refactor or re-platform basic framework applications to work in the cloud. AWS Mainframe Modernization provides organizations with the tools they need to take full advantage of AWS’s flexibility, scalability, and reliability, while also saving time and money. ”
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