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LzLabs Unveils World’s First Software Defined Mainframe (Banking Technology)

Swiss software start-up LzLabs has unveiled the world’s “first” software defined mainframe, designed to move legacy mainframe applications and data to open Linux server and cloud platforms. Announced at CeBIT 2016, LzLabs says it is still undergoing clinical trials with ten companies, but it will be offered to customers both for use within their own datacentres running on Red Hat Linux-based computers and for deployment via the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

The software defined mainframe has been five years in the making and if the testing goes well, LzLabs plans to launch it later this year. The solution is unique as there is no need for recompilation of COBOL or PL/1 application programmes, no source code changes, or changes to operational procedures.

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