IBM Brings Hybrid-cloud App Services To z/OS Mainframes

IBM Z and Cloud Modernisation

Pointers at Glance

  • IBM brings hybrid-cloud app services to its mainframe customers.
  • Big Blue rolled out two new services: IBM Z & Cloud Modernisation Stack 2022 and Waiz.

IBM has introduced a service for its mainframe customers that will keep its z/OS mainframes at the heart of the growing enterprise cloud application development.

Two New Services By Big Blue

Big Blue has rolled out two new services, i.e., IBM Z & Cloud Modernisation Stack 2022 and Wazi as-a-service. IBM Z and Cloud Modernisation Stack 2022.1.1 offers industry-standard tools to modernize z/OS applications on a pay-per-use basis. In addition, Wazi can be used to create z/OS infrastructure instances for developing and testing z/OS application components in a virtualized, containerized sandbox.

The cases would run on Red Hat OpenShift on x86 hardware. The service also includes access to z/OS systems and integrates with ultra-modern source-code management platforms similar to GitHub and GitLab.

The stack is the first set of capabilities offered through the recently announced IBM Z and Cloud Modernisation Center, which provides tools, training, resources, and ecosystem partners to help IBM Z clients advance the modernization of mainframe applications, data, and processes to work with hybrid-cloud architectures.

IBM calls the center a digital front door that includes collaboration with IBM Consulting and global services and technology partners.

Big Blue plans to deliver IBM Wazi as-a-service, tying together z/OS capabilities and IBM Cloud to provide on-demand access to z/OS for developing and testing applications.

IBM stated that this provides z/OS developers with the agility of a public cloud development environment with the ability to use a variable amount of resources, and pay-as-you-go, matching burst and business demand. Consistent with the regulated workloads of numerous IBM Z clients today, IBM Wazi as a Service will enable self-provisioning of a z/OS Virtual Server Instance on IBM Z in a logically isolated, hugely secured private space running in IBM Cloud.

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