Mainframe Modernization

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 those business applications are written in COBOL. Indeed, a large number of mainframe applications are written in COBOL and new

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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 numerous and easy to find. CloudFrame wants to chip away at the skepticism and suspicion. Demonstrating and displaying our approach

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Ebook: The COBOL Modernization Opportunity Now Available for Download

Despite being labeled as legacy, mainframes (specifically the COBOL programming language) remain a critical part of the ecosystem for many businesses, organizations, and governmental groups. This staying power, however, is less a herald of the value of COBOL and more about the complicating factors involved in modernizing these stable workhorse applications. CloudFrame engaged Dale Vecchio to help us describe the current COBOL ecosystem, where we have been on the modernization journey and the promise of

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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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Announcing COBOL Batch-to-Azure for Mainframe to Cloud Modernization

COBOL and mainframe usage remain high and are cornerstones of operations for thousands of businesses, organizations, and government agencies. Still, there is a need to modernize and manage mainframe costs without pulling knowledgeable resources from important work. For those organizations with COBOL applications considering using Microsoft Azure or already using the cloud platform, CloudFrame has now released COBOL Batch-to-Azure. This solution allows businesses and organizations to shift critical COBOL-based batch processes off of their mainframe

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The Impact of Tailored Fit Pricing (TFP) on zIIPs

Today’s article in my series on zIIP processors will be a little different because I want to focus on a specific IBM mainframe pricing model and how users of that model may benefit from using zIIPs. The pricing model, Tailored Fit Pricing (TFP), is the latest model introduced by IBM. But what is TFP, and how does it differ from the sub-capacity pricing models used by most organizations? The Current State: Sub-Capacity Pricing Models IBM

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COBOL Modernization Myth Busting: Maintainable Java Now Available on YouTube

The drive to get COBOL applications into the cloud, and specifically Java, created a monster: JOBOL. It is the evil offspring of COBOL and Java when no planning, optimization, and design is applied to transformation.  JOBOL is the byproduct of speed at all cost, check-the-cloud-box initiatives. But when modernization efforts deliver JOBOL to application teams, with its inheritance of complicated mainframe COBOL structure and bloated code base, problems arise. Development teams are reluctant to own

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Predictions for the Future of zIIP and Specialty Processors

Over the past few months, I’ve written about the current state of specialty processors for IBM Z mainframes with a particular concentration on the zIIP. We looked at what they are, how they work, and why you might want to consider exploiting them. But in this article, I want to ruminate on the potential of specialty processors in the future. Before doing so, I want to strongly assert that I am not clairvoyant, so I

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The Value of Incremental Modernization for COBOL Applications Portfolios

The concerns facing businesses regarding COBOL modernization are issues that have been created over five decades. This is more than enough time for inherent and potentially unseen variables to develop, and those issues shouldn’t be so quickly dismissed. Yet, there is a perception that a complete and total replacement is a single-step process! Reduced Risk The risk of completely rewriting applications seems appealing to those who don’t understand the value of COBOL or who view

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Best Practices for zIIP Using COBOL and Db2

Hopefully, you’ve been reading along in this series of articles on effective usage of the zIIP on the IBM System z mainframe. But even if you have not, this article focuses on a single topic that does not require in-depth knowledge of zIIP particulars. Herein we will discuss best practices for COBOL and Db2 users to bolster their usage of zIIPs. Why do this? As we have discussed in prior installations, the primary reason to

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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 […]