BMC’s 2019 Mainframe Market Survey confirmed the viability of mainframes, and that 45 percent of enterprises regarded cloud technology implementation as a priority. Leveraging the private or public cloud helps increase availability, scalability, and performance, improve security, and reduce mainframe application costs. Key to this is centrally managed, browser-based access. It enables swift end-user configuration, deployment, updates, and terminal emulation functionality.
Browser-based host access, using an identity access management (IAM) system rather than eight-character passwords, will authorize or deny mainframe access by leveraging enterprise authentication credentials. This ensures users only access the mainframe systems and data they need, using the principle of least privilege. Zero-footprint host access enables essential, secure mainframe access either on premises or in the cloud, without having to manage each desktop, or rely on other systems (like Java) or vendors (like Oracle).
How can I migrate the mainframe to the cloud?
Moving applications and data from any platform to another – whether platform change or infrastructure modernization – is a technical project demanding careful planning. To learn more about mainframe migration and modernization, check out our modernization brochure or the dedicated “What is App Modernization?” page.
Although off-cloud or on-prem environments remains popular platforms for mainframe application workloads, cloud has become the new destination for IT leaders.
For many, this digital transformation of mainframe COBOL and PL/I applications is a step-by-step journey which takes place over time. Whether Cloud is your final destination or if you’re unsure, but seeking new approaches for application modernization, there are many resources available to support your plan. At OpenText, we see that modernization journey to the cloud in three 3 steps:
- Get Cloud Ready: Plan using code analysis tools. Move to commodity x86 hardware platforms. Adopt Agile and containerization for more reliable and faster application delivery.
- Migrate and Optimize: Quickly extend application value into the cloud using virtualized, containerized and cloud platforms. Adopt DevOps and managed services (XaaS) such as databases, analytics, and storage.
- Go Cloud Native: Embrace cloud-native architectures and reach higher levels of performance and reliability at lower cost. Deliver new business value faster by implementing DevSecOps and API-enabling applications.
For those interested in getting started and mapping their Destination Cloud strategy, explore this resource page for more information.