AWS Mainframe Modernization Service Now Generally Available
Recently, AWS announced the general availability of their mainframe modernization service, enabling customers to migrate and modernize their on-premises mainframe workloads to a highly available, managed runtime environment on AWS. Additionally, the service includes tools and resources to help customers plan and implement migration and modernization.
AWS Mainframe Modernization Service premiered late last year. It supports two main migration models for mainframe applications: replatforming and refactoring. With the replatform, customers can preserve application assets and programming language with minimal changes while moving their application to a modern infrastructure. The reformatting process includes the following steps:
- Taking advantage of the Micro Focus Business Analyzer of the AWS Mainframe Modernization service to analyze the complexity of existing applications.
- Use of Amazon Micro Focus Enterprise Developer to create a modern development environment and test changes with Enterprise Analyzer.
- Use of Amazon Micro Focus Enterprise Server which provides a scalable deployment environment to rehost mainframe applications on Linux, Windows, Unix on virtual containers, Docker or hybrid cloud environments.
- And finally, using the AWS Mainframe Modernization service to implement more incremental changes once their mainframe applications have been reformed.
With refactoring, customers can have their mainframe application assets automatically converted into a modern language and ecosystem. Under the hood, AWS mainframe modernization uses Blu Age Toolswhich can refactor legacy applications in COBOL, PL/1, NATURAL, RPG/400, COBOL/400, and their respective underlying databases and data files and transform them into modern applications built on Angular, Java/Spring , PostgreSQL or other databases.
William Platt, general manager of migration services at AWS, said in a Press release:
With AWS Mainframe Modernization, customers and system integrators can now more quickly and easily refactor or replatform mainframe applications to run in the cloud. AWS Mainframe Modernization provides the tools organizations need to take full advantage of the elasticity, scalability, and reliability of AWS, while saving time and money.
Many of our customers running mainframes have told us that they want to modernize their mainframe-based applications to take advantage of the AWS Cloud. They want to increase their agility and ability to innovate, access a growing pool of talent experienced in running workloads on AWS, and benefit from AWS’s continued trend to improve cost/performance.
Currently, the AWS Mainframe Modernization service is available in the following AWS Regions: US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Canada (Central), Europe (Frankfurt), Europe (Ireland) , and South America (São Paulo). Additionally, commitment packages are available for price reductions, and further pricing details are available on the pricing page.