Swisscom to replace legacy systems with LzLabs Software Defined Mainframe

Jason McGee-Abe
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Telecommunications and IT service provider Swisscom is set to re-host its legacy applications on the LzLabs Software Defined Mainframe

SwisscomSwisscom is planning to migrate its mainframe applications from its IBM mainframe onto x86 servers running Red Hat Enterprise Linux, using the LzLabs Software Defined Mainframe as a virtual system within Swisscom data centres. It will run existing mainframe applications on more cost-efficient Linux servers, without changes to its application programme code.

“The Software Defined Mainframe gives our customers the flexibility companies expect from their enterprise applications" said Thilo Rockmann, chairman of LzLabs. It enables both Linux and Cloud infrastructure to process thousands of transactions per second, while maintaining enterprise requirements for reliability, scalability, serviceability and security.

"In this way, we are helping Swisscom to continue using its legacy applications in a more cost-effective environment - without the need for elaborate redesign and costly rewriting of applications. This means our customers no longer have to spend their IT budgets on the extremely cost-intensive architecture environments they’ve experienced up to this point."

By moving to the LzLabs Software Defined Mainframe, Swisscom is using its mainframe as a converged / engineered solution (computing, storage, databases and other IT infrastructure functions) for enterprise applications such as online and batch processing.

The re-hosting requires no recompilation of COBOL or PL / 1 application programmes as LzLabs supports existing mainframe operational environments and programming languages. As a result, Swisscom will reduce the high recurring costs of its mainframe software and hardware licensing, while retaining the value of its extensive investment in old software applications, data and business processes.

Markus Tschumper, Swisscom's head of general IT services, added: "We have had a good experience with our mainframe applications in the past. However, because of the high cost of operating the mainframe applications, we decided to use LzLabs’ solution. The migration of the applications requires a low level of effort so that they can continue to run on the LzLabs Software Defined Mainframe." GTB