Broadcom Adds Enterprise Support for Open Mainframe Project’s Zowe Framework

At the SHARE conference in Phoenix, Broadcom announced the introduction of enterprise-grade support for Zowe, the Open Mainframe Project’s open source software framework that enables customers to securely develop and manage mainframe applications like any other cloud platform.

As the first open source project based on IBM’s z/OS, Zowe is providing the framework and capabilities to accelerate mainframe application development via modern DevOps tools while introducing new levels of automation and infrastructure management.

Although mainframe systems form the backbone of many critical systems of record applications run by large enterprises, application developers and system programmers have been challenged in their attempts to leverage the mainframe using modern DevOps tools and techniques. Last year’s introduction of CA Brightside, which was contributed to Zowe,  gives IT organizations the ability to utilize many of the same tools across their cloud, mobile, and mainframe platforms, enabling faster time to value.

The scope of Broadcom’s enterprise-grade support covers the four core components of Zowe: a CLI; a web user interface (UI); an API Mediation Layer, which acts as a single point of access for all service-oriented REST APIs originating from the mainframe; and microservices.

The benefits of Zowe’s open source approach also extend throughout the entire ecosystem as the mainframe serves as a gateway to a much broader set of enterprise developers driving hybrid, cross-platform applications. By arming new and emerging developers with these valuable skills, Zowe will also help sustain the mainframe environment by attracting and retaining next-generation talent.

This is yet another milestone for Zowe and shows the increasing momentum of what was announced just 7 months ago, said Barry Baker, VP, IBM Z Software, at IBM. With this new support offering from Broadcom, in addition to the several products introduced or announced by IBM, Rocket, and Broadcom, the adoption of Zowe technology can only continue to grow, he added.

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