AWS Announces General Availability of AWS Mainframe Modernization Service 

Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) has 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.

According to AWS, 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.

AWS says its new service provides a complete development and runtime environment that makes it faster and easier for customers to modernize and run their mainframe workloads on AWS. It enables customers to refactor their mainframe workloads to run on AWS by transforming mainframe-based applications into cloud services. Alternatively, customers can keep their applications as written and re-platform their workloads to AWS by reusing existing code with minimal changes.

“Customers often tell us that AWS is the best place to run any type of application because of its unmatched breadth and depth of purpose-built services. However, businesses in a wide variety of industries have relied on mainframes to run business-critical applications for decades. These businesses naturally want to modernize their mainframe-based applications to reduce costs and eliminate technical debt, but they don’t know how or where to get started,” said William Platt, General Manager of Migration Services at AWS. “With AWS Mainframe Modernization, customers and systems integrators can now more quickly and easily refactor or re-platform mainframe applications to run in the cloud. AWS Mainframe Modernization provides the necessary tools for organizations to take full advantage of the elasticity, scalability, and reliability of AWS, while also saving time and money.” 

AWS Mainframe Modernization is generally available in these regions: 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. 

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