AWS announced the general availability of AWS Mainframe Modernization, a new service that makes it faster and easier for customers to modernize mainframe-based workloads by moving them to the cloud to enjoy AWS’s superior agility, elasticity, and cost savings. With AWS Mainframe Modernization, customers can refactor their mainframe workloads to run on AWS by transforming mainframe-based applications into modern cloud services. Alternatively, customers can keep their applications as written and replatform their workloads to AWS by reusing existing code with minimal changes.
Many customers today in a variety of industries want to modernize their mainframe-based applications to take advantage of the cloud, but to do so, they need to go through a lengthy and complex process. This process of modernizing mainframe workloads to run in the cloud requires multiple steps to discover, assess, test, and operate the new workload environments. Each step can be difficult and requires custom or third-party tooling that must be calibrated to each individual customer environment—before modernization project teams can begin the intricate task of transforming mainframe programs into cloud services.
Because of the complexity involved in modernizing mainframe applications, organizations typically turn to consultants and systems integrators (SIs) to lead mainframe modernization projects. Organizations also face the challenge of needing to configure, run, and operate mainframe systems with modern application development and deployment best practices in the new cloud environments. As more customers want to modernize their mainframe-based applications, they can derive outsized benefits from better tools that make it easier for them to run their workloads in the cloud to realize improved costs and agility.
What is it:
A managed runtime environment this modernisation service provides the necessary compute, memory, and storage to run both refactored and replatformed applications and helps automate the details of capacity provisioning, security, load balancing, scaling, and application health monitoring. The AWS Mainframe Modernization service also provides the development, testing, and deployment tools necessary to automate the modernization of mainframe applications to run on AWS. There are no upfront costs, and customers only pay for the amount of compute provisioned.
- AWS Mainframe Modernization provides a complete development and runtime environment that makes it faster and easier for customers to modernize and run their mainframe workloads on AWS. AWS Mainframe Modernization integrates the tools needed to modernize mainframe applications using a single environment that creates an end-to-end modernization pipeline.
- With AWS Mainframe Modernization, customers can refactor their workloads written for mainframes to modern cloud services. Or customers can maintain existing applications as written and replatform them to AWS with minimal code changes. Whether customers choose to refactor or replatform their workloads, AWS Mainframe Modernization provides a managed, cloud-based runtime environment for the modernized applications that helps automate capacity provisioning, security, load balancing, auto-scaling, and application health monitoring with no underlying infrastructure to manage.
- AWS Mainframe Modernization also provides continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) capabilities to enable modern application development and deployment best practices, so customers can operate their modernized workloads in production on an ongoing basis with the superior agility, elasticity, and cost savings of AWS. Customers and SIs can also use AWS Mainframe Modernization to help teams better assess modernizing mainframe applications and de-risk and accelerate the modernization of mainframe workloads using AWS.
AWS Mainframe Modernization is generally available today in US East (N. Virginia), US West (Oregon), Asia Pacific (Sydney), Canada (Central), Europe (Frankfurt), Europe (Ireland), and South America (São Paulo) with availability in additional AWS Regions in the coming months.