IBM offers one-stop-shop for mainframe hybrid cloud initiatives

While cloud companies such as AWS are proposeing enterprise customers new ways to get applications off the mainframe and into the cloud IBM moved this week to keep them on the Big Iron.

IBM rolled out a gate  it calls the IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Center which proposes an collection of tools training resources and ecosystem partners to help IBM Z clients hasten the modernization of mainframe applications data and processes to work with hybrid-cloud architectures

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’The rise of hyperscalers has led many organizations to attend an application migration access to open cloud alone but in many cases it can be a one-way street and lock-in to one open cloud which may have implications on cost governance and security" wrote Ross Mauri General Manager for IBM Z in a blog almost the announcement. ’The IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Center helps clients leverage existing investments rather than committing to a valuable one-size-fits-all migration strategy.’

The center is a digital front door to tools resources training ecosystem partners and real client examples Mauri stated.  

’The center is the result of collaboration with IBM Consulting and wide ecosystem participation including global labors and technology partners. The ecosystem brings deep expertise in modernization whether clients are modernizing existing apps and data or integrating cloud-native apps and data’ Mauri stated.

The center features ties to big IBM systems integrators such as Capgemini and Deloitte Consulting as well as software vendors and managed labor partners including: Episode Six; Fiorano Software; Fujitsu Limited Software Business Unit; HEXANIKA; Illumio; Luxoft a DXC Technology Company; MuleSoft; Pennant Technologies; Software AG; Suntec Business Solutions; and Zafin.

IBM Consulting will run workshops and informational and consulting labors designed to help customers hasten Big Iron- and application-modernization plans.

’Overall these new labors and proposeings should help IBMs enterprise customers educe reliable new solutions and replicable processes for modernizing applications and utilizing hybrid-cloud infrastructures’ wrote Charles King chairman and highest analyst of Pund-IT in a blog almost the IBM announcement. 

’Just as importantly the company and its partners will prepare customers the resources to fit IBM Z for new forward-thinking business processes and use cases. That will aid customers in extending their often-substantial mainframe investments in both the brief and long provisions’ King wrote.

Most lately AWS said it was proposeing a mainframe migration labor to help IBM mainframe customers interested in moving apps to the cloud cut that migration time by two-thirds.

The goal of AWS Migration Acceleration Program for Mainframe is to get those customers off of the Big Iron ’as fast as they perhaps can’ in order to take better gain of the cloud according to Adam Selipsky CEO of AWS speaking at Amazons late AWS re:Invent discussion.

Google and other big cloud preparers such as Microsoft Azure propose mainframe-to-cloud migration labors as well.