Mainframe Cost

Ebook: From A to zIIP Now Available for Download

Specialty processors are an IBM enhancement introduced to mainframes in the early 2000s. These processors augment a mainframe’s general processor, allowing organizations to shift specific workloads off the GPU.  Why do this? While there are many reasons, one rises above all others— cost savings. In this ebook, noted mainframe authority Craig Mullins reveals what you need to know to leverage the zIIP IBM Specialty Processor for mainframe cost savings. Download this eBook if you want

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Types of Processing That Can Utilize zIIPs & Why You Want to use zIIPs

In our last installment of this series on IBM zIIP processors, we defined what is meant by zIIP eligibility. We took a look at specific types of workloads that IBM has made zIIP eligible. This post will dig a little deeper into what makes a workload eligible for running on zIIPs. And we will also take a look at why you would want to exploit zIIP processors for your workloads.  TCBs and SRBs To fully

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Understanding Mainframe Specialty Processors: zIIPS and more

If you are an IT professional who works on IBM z Series mainframes, then you’ve probably heard about zIIPs and other “specialty processors.” But you may not really know what they are, what they do, and why they exist. With that in mind, let’s take a brief journey into the world of specialty processors. Starting in the early 2000s, IBM has introduced several different types of specialty processors. The basic idea of a specialty processor

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COBOL Cross-Compile: Relief for Mainframe Cost Increases – Now Available on YouTube

Mainframe costs continue to increase. 2022 enterprise software costs are expected to be 11% higher than 2021, and data center costs will increase nearly 6% year to year.  Cost reduction and avoidance are critical considerations for mission-critical mainframe COBOL application owners, stressed to delivery on greater transaction volumes, greater access requirements, demanding SLAs, and tightening budgets. If your mission-critical mainframe COBOL applications will continue to reside on the mainframe and you are looking for methods

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IBM 2021 Q3 Earnings Report Observations

IBM’s third-quarter earnings report hit the streets on October 20th, and the reaction wasn’t positive. The media buzz concentrated on lower-than-expected revenue, casting a bright light on the “legacy” elements as the cause of the downward pull. The company dimmed that light and discussion, explaining that the disappointing financial resultswere more “slight pause” than a “disruption.” Emphasizing the impending November 3rd, 2021 spinoff of managed infrastructure services business Kyndryl, IBM downplayed the risk of missing

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Overcome Mainframe COBOL Transformation Cost Obstacles

Mainframe COBOL application modernization projects are often characterized by a single measure: cost.  When infamous projects are reported, they don’t cite the complexity, mission-critical value, or what percentage of an organizations’ financial processing depends on the application.  Often, it’s only the cost. Seven figures pique interest, and an eight figures cost causes further investigation. Failure at that level brings external analysis and observations.  “This” should have been done.  “That” would have made a difference. That

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3 Risk Mitigation Strategies for Mainframe COBOL Compute Cost Projects

Big iron isn’t going away. Regardless of the thousands (or maybe tens of thousands) of information technology experts and professionals who plot to reduce mainframe relevancy, it grows year to year. A study from Allied Marketing Research reports that global mainframe marketing is expected to grow to $2.90 billion by 2025. This report can be easily validated if your organization is an IBM shop (and who isn’t as they have 90% of the market) and

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CloudFrame Relocate Economics and Java on Z

TL;DR CloudFrame’s survey of large enterprises discovered the median installed mainframe MSU capacity is organically growing 8–12% annually. CloudFrame Relocate reduces mainframe GPP (General Purpose processor) MSU consumption by 40 – 70%, which may reduce application datacenter chargebacks. CloudFrame Renovate transforms legacy mainframe applications into elegant cloud native Java Spring Batch and Spring Boot services aligned to the 12 Factor Application Principles. For large batch workloads, CloudFrame’s generated Java code is often running as fast,

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Three Reasons It Makes Sense to Convert Some of Your COBOL to Java

Three Reasons It Makes Sense to Convert Some of Your COBOL to Java

Mainframes continue to be viable for enterprise computing due to their inherent capabilities for supporting the most critical business functions. When it comes to supporting large volumes of data, high-speed transaction processing, and secure computing the mainframe continues to excel. The Fortune 1000 relies upon mainframes to run their business, and of course, much of […]

Live Transformation: Maintainable Java from COBOL in 60 Minutes

Live Transformation: Maintainable Java from COBOL in 60 Minutes

When you hear “COBOL transformation to maintainable Java in 60 minutes” the reaction is predictable; eye rolls, thinking – “yeah right,” and suspicion.  It’s understandable that you have a healthy skepticism when it comes to COBOL transformation pronouncements.  After all, COBOL has been on the “replace” list for decades, and stories of failed projects are […]

From A to zIIP: What you need to know to reduce COBOL Costs with the IBM Specialty Processor Now Available on YouTube

From A to zIIP: What you need to know to reduce COBOL Costs with the IBM Specialty Processor Now Available on YouTube

The zIIP, an IBM specialty processor, allows organizations to reduce the workload of their general processors (GPs).  This reduction can lower the MSU metrics used to calculate MLC software charges.  Lower MSU usage can lead to lower MLC charges. Knowing that zIIPs may reduce your cost and achieve the benefit isn’t as complicated as you […]