MAINFRAME MIGRATION

Rehosting

As an experienced AWS Technology Partner, our Mainframe Migration solutions combine the industry’s best software platforms with proven application refactoring, consolidation, and data migration services to ensure your entire mainframe estate is deployed to the target Amazon Web Services (AWS) environment in the languages and database models you need.

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Why modernize?

CHALLENGES

Limited flexibility

Companies are rapidly moving to DevOps and the Cloud while consolidating their technology stacks to maximize IT performance. Unfortunately, the inflexibility of mainframes has become a growing hindrance to modern, continuously evolving, agile business.

Limited data accessibility

Legacy databases are difficult to integrate with systems on modern platforms. This is because of inherent inextensibility, incompatibility, and rigidity of the underlying hardware and software powering these legacy systems.

Exorbitant costs

Mainframes cost as much as 4,500 percent more to operate than equivalent Cloud counterparts. This figure is compounded by a scarcity of development resources and rising licensing and maintenance fees for ancillary mainframe utilities, applications, and databases. 

Rehosting

OUR SOLUTION

You can retain your mainframe application code as-is while taking advantage of the cost savings and infinite elasticity of AWS by rehosting your legacy estate with Advanced.

Rehosting, sometimes referred to as replatforming, is ideal for companies whose applications are still meeting their business needs, and who therefore wish to retain their core application development skills while moving away from non-relational databases and expensive mainframe infrastructure. With rehosting, application source code is migrated onto an AWS cloud platform without change. Underlying legacy databases are migrated to relational models, configured to seamlessly interact with your applications via AWS.

Our Rehosting solutions leverage three key service activities to account for the application source code, data and supporting operational infrastructure:

Application migration

During an assessment, our tools and modernization experts catalog the applications running in the mainframe estate, documenting dependencies and all application languages used. We also highlight dead and unused code that can be eliminated in the modernization process to reduce the complexity and footprint of your source code. Core languages such as COBOL, PL/I and JCL are retained and rehosted using target platform rehosting solutions. Leveraging our Automated Refactoring solutions, we consolidate other application languages into a single optimized language. For example, languages such as CA Telon or Natural, which are intermingled with COBOL on the mainframe, can be consolidated to COBOL. This eliminates licensing fees and simplifying maintenance of your application for AWS.

Data migration

Our Automated Data Migration solution is leveraged to ensure existing legacy data files and databases are deployed in the desired model and optimized for AWS. Many data types, e.g. VSAM, sequential, GDGs, and relational databases, can be retained in AWS, however in some cases, a non-relational database is migrated to a relational model. For example, if your mainframe environment contains Adabas or IDMS databases, we would migrate them to SQL Server, Db2, Oracle, or PostgreSQL, depending on your preferences and the nature of your applications.

Platform deployment

This activity includes target environment sizing and architecture, identification of ancillary components (such as supporting third party solutions and utilities) that require replacement, deployment of the AWS software, consolidated source code, utilities, and migrated databases, as well as testing and post-delivery support.

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Over 35 years of rehosting and mainframe modernization experience

More than 500 successful modernization projects completed

Over 2.5 billion lines of code refactored through automation

Intelligent modernization, unparalleled experience

OUR PROCESS

Additional insights to help you modernize

RESOURCES

  • 2021 Mainframe Modernization Report

    Explore the the impact Covid-19 is having, and will continue to have, on modernization plans, and the case for application modernization among large enterprises with annual revenues over $1 billion.

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  • Rehosting mainframe applications

    Join us as we highlight the reality for organizations with a complex hybrid IT landscape, and share insight into how we partner with Micro Focus to help you migrate to the Cloud.

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  • How cloud migration can help your organization to go green

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News & Opinions

BLOG // 07-09-2021

IMS Conversion: A Technical Snapshot

by Brandon Edenfield, Managing Director of Application Modernization

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