One of the largest mainframe rehosting platforms is now available in the Azure Marketplace with an easy-to-deploy quick start template. Micro Focus Enterprise Server 5.0 enables you to run your IBM z/OS workloads on the less expensive x86 platform in Azure.
If you’ve been wondering whether to move your IBM mainframe workload to Azure, you can use this quick start template to experience a fully functioning production server for running mainframe applications. The temple creates all the Azure infrastructure you need, installs Enterprise Server 5.0, and sets up the BankDemo application, which uses COBOL, CICS, Job Control Language (JCL), and Virtual Storage Access Method (VSAM) files. You’ll see how easy it is to migrate and rehost mainframe workloads on Azure.
Many of our customers start their mainframe modernization efforts by rehosting applications on Azure using an emulation environment. Running Enterprise Server 5.0 on Azure is a great step if you want to deploy to Linux or Windows, integrate a mainframe application with newer technologies such as .NET and Java, or just take advantage of the scalability, flexibility, and business continuity that you get in the cloud.
Version 5.0 is the latest release and includes several enhancements such as the new Performance and Availability Cluster (PAC) for scale-out scenarios, which helps keep your resource use efficient on Azure. It makes maintenance easier, too. Additionally, the new Enterprise Server Common Web Administration (ESCWA) feature eases configuration, monitoring, and management of a distributed system using both a JSON API and a modern web interface.
Our team of Azure advisors worked closely with Micro Focus on this release and is proud to announce this offering.