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Platform modernization for mainframe servers

Business processes are rarely static; they are created, mature, and evolve or become obsolete. Because enterprise applications and platforms are reflections of these business processes, they are also not immune to business change. Ignoring this reality can burden a business with legacy systems and hamper its ability to compete effectively in the new economy.


If your enterprise is like most, you have a variety of platforms that span decades of IT innovation. These may include IBM mainframes, Tandem, Bull and Unisys, to name a few. Furthermore, you may run a legacy database, such as DB2, IMS/DB, IDMS, or Adabas, with applications written in COBOL, PL/I, CICS and a 4GL language such as Natural or CA Gen. Maintaining these platforms and technologies can drain your budget and limit your ability to run, grow and transform your business. Platform modernization shifts the balance so you can:

  • Reduce the cost of running your business-critical applications
  • Invest in business growth
  • Improve your rate of return
  • Transform your business with tools and technologies that increase your agility
  • Move your applications to the cloud


You can take a number of approaches to modernizing your business-critical applications, but the best place to land is the Microsoft® Application Platform. By making this choice, you’ll get more value from the applications that run your business today. What’s more, you’ll be able to create new applications that meet your changing business needs.

Replace your mainframe system

The mainframe once held an unquestionable lead in reliability, availability, serviceability and security (RAS+S); therefore, it made sense as an investment. But these benefits are no longer unique to the mainframe, and other platforms have surpassed it in terms of flexibility, efficiency and innovation. More importantly, mainframe data center costs continue to rise beyond expectations while open-standard platforms are lowering their costs.

Whether you’re developing new business solutions or maintaining current systems, you have to support rapidly changing business needs. Today, the kind of support that’s required frequently involves mainframe modernization. A popular decision is mainframe application migration to the Microsoft Application Platform.

Partner for success

Microsoft has organized the Platform Modernization Alliance (PMA) to help customers migrate and modernize business-critical workloads to the Microsoft Application Platform. Our network of partners is unified by the goal of making platform modernization easier and more efficient while reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO). If you’re ready to develop an effective modernization strategy and implement your roadmap, the PMA can help. Click here to learn more.

Move to the Microsoft Application Platform

The Microsoft Application Platform is the future for business-critical workloads because it offers a comprehensive, integrated set of technologies that help you maximize the value of your applications. What's more, it provides a consistent environment for system management and application development through readily available skills.

In addition, Microsoft provides businesses with the price-to-performance ratios, reliability, productivity and agility they need to support all their business-critical application investments. Finally, Microsoft technologies such as Microsoft Windows Azure™ cover infrastructure, databases, middleware and applications, offering nearly identical experiences inside and outside the data center, on the edge and in the cloud.

There has never been a better time to make your transition. If you’re ready to move beyond the limitations of your current platform, we’ll help you lower your costs, expand your options and increase your agility. Click here to learn more.

Modernize your COBOL

COBOL is still one of the most popular programming languages for business. Applications based on COBOL are used globally, in the public sector, military agencies and commercial enterprises. Most businesses still run on COBOL, with billions of lines currently existing and more created every year. Micro Focus and GT Software offer full-featured versions of COBOL for Microsoft Visual Studio®. COBOL within the Microsoft .NET Framework, Microsoft SQL Server® 2008 R2 and Visual Studio Team Foundation Server, provide a solid platform migration or rewrite solution for existing COBOL business applications.

Consider our mainframe alternative reference architecture

Organizations can now see first-hand the practical benefits of migrating their mainframe applications to the Microsoft Application Platform by using the mainframe alternative reference architecture at the Microsoft Technology Centers (MTCs). Click here to download a white paper, or schedule a visit to one of our MTCs world wide