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The new service promises to make it faster and easier for customers to modernize mainframe-based workloads.

Amazon Web Services has announced the general availability of AWS Mainframe Modernization. The service a key new offering that offers businesses an easy way to migrate their mainframe workloads to the cloud.

AWS had announced the service in preview at the company’s re:Invent last year. It provides customers with two options for migrating mainframe workloads. First, customers can refactor their mainframe workloads to run on AWS by transforming mainframe-based applications into modern cloud services. Alternatively, customers can keep their applications as written and replatform their workloads to AWS by reusing existing code with minimal changes.

A managed runtime environment built into AWS Mainframe Modernization provides the necessary compute, memory, and storage to run both refactored and replatformed applications and helps automate the details of capacity provisioning, security, load balancing, scaling, and application health monitoring. The AWS Mainframe Modernization service also provides the development, testing, and deployment tools necessary to automate the modernization of mainframe applications to run on AWS. There are no upfront costs, and customers only pay for the amount of compute provisioned.

Helping businesses save time and money

William Platt, General Manager of Migration Services at AWS, explained the idea behind the new service. “Customers often tell us that AWS is the best place to run any type of application because of its unmatched breadth and depth of purpose-built services,” he said. “However, businesses in a wide variety of industries have relied on mainframes to run business-critical applications for decades. These businesses naturally want to modernize their mainframe-based applications to reduce costs and eliminate technical debt, but they don’t know how or where to get started,” he added.

“With AWS Mainframe Modernization, customers and systems integrators can now more quickly and easily refactor or replatform mainframe applications to run in the cloud,” Platt continued. “AWS Mainframe Modernization provides the necessary tools for organizations to take full advantage of the elasticity, scalability, and reliability of AWS, while also saving time and money.”

Also read: Micro Focus becomes AWS partner for Mainframe Modernization Service.