The changing mainframe and the role of cloud-based apps

While new technology allows for advanced cloud-based solutions, the structure of the traditional mainframe is still important. Businesses need to ask themselves what these devices are doing to change rather than how to replace them completely. CIOs that understand the changes that mainframes are going through will lead their organization through legacy system modernization efforts with a minimal cost for businesses.

In a piece for ZDNet, Joe McKendrick recently stated that several industries, especially "finance, insurance and health care" may be "at the cusp of severe disruption" without plans to develop mainframe computing needs to match the new times. Moreover, he emphasized the pressure to keep up with new digital improvements as legacy systems seem to pose a threat to operations. To meet these demands, McKendrick wrote, each organization will have to work slowly, considering each application on its own.

Forces recently referenced information from RightScale on the ways that companies are using clouds for application support. According to this data, 63 percent of organizations use private clouds for their workloads, while 22 percent are running at least 1,000 virtual machines on this kind of platform. 

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Despite this, the same source said that more than half of organizations have "a significant portion" of their applications currently out of the cloud, although these applications at least have some cloud compatibility in their design. Regardless, applications continue to drive enterprise activity, as the source said that 93 percent of organizations are pursuing "infrastructure as a service."

A transition to the cloud will tax those without a flexible solution ready. The easy answer is a mainframe web terminal emulator that channels code through universally accessible HTML. Apps should be accessible, and Inventu Flynet makes this a reality for companies with large data concerns.