Micro Focus Mainframe Migration Reference Architecture

The Micro Focus Reference Architecture is now available at two Microsoft Technology Centers in the UK and USA. It gives organizations a view of how their mainframe applications behave on a Windows Server platform.

Organizations can now see first-hand the practical benefits of migrating their mainframe applications onto a Windows Server platform using the Micro Focus Reference Architecture (MFRA) in two Microsoft Technology Centers).  The MFRA provides a proven, best-practice environment for migrating business-critical applications off the mainframe.

The reference environments, which are hosted in Microsoft Technology Centers in Redmond, USA and Reading, UK, have been created in collaboration with Microsoft and other technology partners including HP, Dell, Computer Associates, LRS and Syncsort. They give customers a working platform to see how their mission critical applications would behave in a flexible and cost-effective alternative environment to the mainframe – and provide insight into the cost-savings and performance benefits achievable.

“The Micro Focus Reference Architecture provides a view of the distributed architecture required to rehost workload from the mainframe,” says Peter Gadd, VP of Application Modernization at Micro Focus. “At the two MTC locations customers will be able to see subsets of their own applications running in a virtual mainframe environment.”

Michael Dee Hester, Director of Platform Modernization at Microsoft Corporation, explains, ““A reference architecture to support re-hosting mainframe applications gives customers a solid roadmap when considering IT modernization. Together, Microsoft and Micro Focus have delivered a working reference environment in the technology center for customer demonstrations and workshops. Customers considering modernizing their mainframe or COBOL applications to the Microsoft Application Platform can use the Micro Focus Reference Environment to gain a better understanding of the benefits of a mainframe alternative environment.”

Of the 600 successful migration projects that Micro Focus has delivered, many are underpinned by the Microsoft Application Platform. At the two MTC locations customers can get immediate insight into the cost-savings and performance benefits that migration returns.”

To read further details, download the Micro Focus Reference Architecture today >>

Coming soon: Visual COBOL Customer Webinar

Join us for a Customer Webinar on Visual COBOL next week and hear, first hand, how one customer is benefiting from the advances that Visual COBOL R3 delivers.

We are really excited that Suresh Kalavala from Nationwide Insurance joins us for a customer webinar on the 14th of April 2011, to share his experience with Visual COBOL R3. Nationwide is one of the earliest adopters of Visual COBOL R3. They adopted the pre-beta release of Visual COBOL R3 and are now successfully deploying their application that serves over 17,000 end users.

As well as hearing from Suresh, you will have an opportunity to ask him, and a Micro Focus expert panel, any questions you may have.

The webinar will be held on Thursday 14th April, 2011 at 18:00 BST (GMT + 1) / 13:00 EDT / 10:00 PDT and you can register to attend at: http://visualcobol.microfocus.com/register/event2.php

If you missed the live launch event back in January, you can also access all recordings of the previous Visual COBOL R3 webinars on the Visual COBOL website at www.microfocus.com/visualcobol. And if you have not installed and tried Visual COBOL for yourself yet, can download it from the same website.

If you have already downloaded and used Visual COBOL R3, why not write a product review? You could win a LiveScribe Echo Smartpen, for details see: http://bit.ly/ieNm0r

Perspectives on the future of managing software quality

A Micro Focus webcast featuring MAXIMUS Canada. Register today and receive your COMPLIMENTARY Gartner, Inc. report: ‘Q&A for sizing the test team’

Register today and receive your COMPLIMENTARY Gartner, Inc. report: ‘Q&A for sizing the test team’

Hear first-hand from Joel Levinson, CIO of MAXIMUS Canada, and Steve Dykstra, Director of Product Marketing at Micro Focus as they provide analysis and perspective on ways to improve product success, productivity and cost reduction in development.

Join us live on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 at 08:00 PDT / 11:00 EDT / 16:00 BST, or watch the webcast on demand at a time to suit you.

Find out first-hand how MAXIMUS Canada is addressing quality in their development teams and the lessons they have learnt along the way. 

Register now.

Application overhaul #4: Move to the right platform for your business… not IT

In the fourth article in the series Peter Gadd, VP Application Modernization, highlights the importance of selecting the platform that is right for the business need when modernizing applications.

In the second article in this series, we talked about the importance of securing senior level sponsorship to help drive through the application portfolio changes we need. This article drills down into one specific element of this. Too many times we have seen applications, or even languages, discarded for the wrong reasons, with applications often eliminated along with the platform. ‘Platform’ here can mean the physical hardware that your business applications run on, the operating environment, or the layers of middleware or deployment infrastructure that have been laid down to support ‘the business’. The thing is, it’s seldom been ‘the business’ that decides any of this stuff. 

However these days the business seems increasingly to be making platform decisions by default rather than through any centralized, corporate effort as user-centric development and technology sourcing increases. This is driven by technology savvy individuals bringing Apple technology into the workplace, for example, and demanding mobile access to just about everything.  Where possible, IT must support this.

In addition to demands from within the business the sun-downing of hardware environment by vendors adds to the pressure on IT to change the infrastructure to more modern, better-supported systems. This is, of course, completely understandable but can expose the business to the problems of discarding applications along with the old platforms – as we mentioned previously. The applications running on those platforms are suddenly seen as unwanted citizens holding up a much-needed renovation project.  The same applies to other hardware platforms, like mainframes, which are still supported by the vendor but are no longer seen as strategic by IT. Suddenly everyone is looking around for ways to replace the applications. Of course, it’s reasonable to evaluate replacements but the platform is one thing, the applications are the life-blood of the business processes. They are not one and the same and should not be viewed as such.

The real value comes from selecting the platform that best supports the needs of the business. This can involve migrating an application without changing it at all, so that it looks exactly the same on Monday as it did on Friday, when the mainframe was switched off and the new platform running the application went live. In this case, ‘business’ benefits from performance improvements and the advantages of new, more modern, platforms than rather than simply continuing with the existing platform and its associated costs and limitations. Modernizing platforms, importantly, gives much greater scope for the kind of on-demand availability and consumption-based pricing offered by the cloud…a platform direction that it’s anticipated all business applications will be heading if not now, then in the very near future.