This article by WebWereld discusses the announcement about our products, which facilitate the transition from mainframe to the cloud. In an interview with TechCrunch, CEO Mark Cresswell describes the decrease in the number of people with COBOL knowledge and the increasing difficulty to find people who have mainframes.
Swiss LzLabs is working on a new platform that allows companies and governments to move their mainframe applications and data to x86 Linux and cloud platforms. This solution allows the COBOL and PL/1 code to not be rewritten or recompiled. LzLabs uses a specially designed software container with newly developed tools that provide the tasks of several mainframe subsystems, such as JBL, TP monitors, and databases. The COBOL applications can be transferred to a Linux or cloud environment, while “thinking” they are running on the original mainframe platform.
LzLabs, founded in 2011 in Zurich, presented the beta version of the product this week at ICT trade fair CeBIT. The company’s product defines itself as a “software defined mainframe” and it cooperates with Red Hat (Enterprise Linux). For the cloud solution, LzLabs has a partnership with Microsoft (Azure).
LzLabs announced the world’s first Software Defined Mainframe. This solution will enable organizations to seamlessly convert their legacy mainframe applications and data to Linux servers and cloud platforms.
“The development of alternative hardware platforms, notably the x86, proves that more and more extensive mainframe workloads can successfully work in modern environments,” Dale Vecchio, Gartner writes in the article How Will the Mainframe Survive? (July 2015). “Many organizations that use mainframes, evaluate their applications to determine which workloads they can transfer to cost effective platforms so that they can reduce the use or at least the growth of the mainframe MIPS (million instructions per second),” said Dale Vecchio and Mike Chuba Gartner in the article How to Reduce the Cost of IBM Mainframe Computing (September 2015).
The Swiss software engineers at LzLabs have a solution to the obstacles that prevent large companies from perfecting their digital transition. The LzLab Software Defined Mainframe allows organizations to transition their legacy mainframe applications and data to Linux servers and cloud platforms. LzLabs has developed a managed software container that offers companies a practical way to host mainframe applications on Linux servers or in a private, public or hybrid cloud. As legacy applications are transferred to the container, they are adapted to run on modern systems and decades old APIs are exchanged for more modern versions.
LzLabs today announced the world’s first Software Defined Mainframe. This solution will enable organizations to seamlessly convert their legacy mainframe applications and data to Linux servers and cloud platforms.
The LzLabs Software Defined Mainframe offers a solution to the problem that faces 3,000 of the world’s largest companies: they are tied to costly and outdated architectures. Around 70 percent of all global business transactions depend on these systems.
The Software Defined Mainframe supports important legacy environments and programming languages, so that enterprises can eliminate the recurring costs of mainframe hardware and software, and profit from their significant investments in legacy applications, data, and business processes.