AWS is trying to help organizations migrate their mainframe-based workloads to the cloud and potentially transform them into modern cloud-native services.
The Mainframe Modernization initiative was unveiled at the cloud giant's Re:Invent conference at the end of last year, where CEO Adam Selipsky claimed that "customers are trying to get off their mainframes as fast as they can."
Whether this is based in reality or not, AWS concedes that such a migration will inevitably involve the customer going through a lengthy and complex process that requires multiple steps to discover, assess, test, and operate the new workload environments.
To assist with this, the Mainframe Modernization service offers a complete development and runtime environment intended to make it easier for customers to modernize and run their mainframe workloads on AWS. Alternatively, customers can maintain existing applications as they are and re-platform them to AWS with minimal code changes, AWS says.
The managed runtime environment built into the Mainframe Modernization service is desinged to provide the necessary compute, memory, and storage to run both refactored and re-platformed applications. It also automates capacity provisioning, security, load balancing, scaling and application health monitoring.