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AWS is desperate to help companies ditch the mainframe

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Amazon Web Services (AWS) is determined to help large corporations move from the mainframe to the cloud - but this is no mean feat.

According to a recent report from Computer Weekly (opens in new tab), one of the biggest problems with migrating mainframe (opens in new tab) applications to the cloud is the lack of a skilled workforce to make it happen. Mainframe experts are few and far between, the report states, as the majority have already retired.

But there are still many large enterprises eager to make the switch, mostly in Japan and Australia, and primarily in the banking industry and public sector.

Now, Amazon is developing a new partner competency program that will validate companies capable of assisting with migrating mainframes. For starters, there are four independent software vendors and three consulting firms that were pre-qualified, including Micro Focus, Blu Age, Infosys and Deloitte.

“Our biggest growth business in APAC is taking Cobol code off the mainframe and putting it on cheaper hardware, or on AWS and Azure,” Stephen McNulty, Micro Focus APAC/Japan President, told Computer Weekly.

“We have many financial institution customers in Asia and around the world running mainframe applications (opens in new tab) on public cloud, so they can run a proper DevOps process all the way through to continual improvement and delivery. Some of them might take development and testing off the mainframe, put it on Azure or AWS, try that for a year and then start moving production workloads to public cloud or to a private cloud datacenter.”

Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.