Tool helps mainframe developers create cloud-native apps

IBM will shortly roll out an giving that ushers in cloud-indigenous development on its Z collection by supporting mainframe builders to build and operate apps for hybrid clouds.

IBM Wazi for Crimson Hat CodeReady Workspaces, positioned as an increase-on to IBM’s CloudPak for Applications, delivers mainframe builders with a preference of integrated development environments (IDEs) together with Eclipse and VS Code so they can deploy apps in a containerized z/OS sandbox that normally takes entire gain of Crimson Hat’s OpenShift.

“Buyers we talk to are intrigued in accelerating their electronic transformation assignments generally by transferring mission-significant workloads to the cloud,” explained Sanjay Chandru, director of IBM Z DevOps, in an emailed statement. “This product or service is the subsequent move in supporting them build apps in a hybrid, multi-cloud world. To do that, Z builders have to have a typical developer experience,” he explained.

Some analysts see the giving as the subsequent move in IBM’s prolonged journey of bringing its proprietary mainframes and cloud environments closer alongside one another.

“IBM’s mainframe business enterprise continues to be really crucial to them,” explained Ian Campbell, CEO of Nucleus Investigate. “So, they [IBM] are likely to make sure builders who have invested time and money in developing apps for that platform have quick obtain to cloud-based platforms. And as component of its hybrid [cloud] strategy, this will boost the licensing lifespan of those merchandise,” he explained.

A different analyst sees the giving as a fair way to provide mainframe apps into ever more multi-cloud company IT environments and salvage enterprises’ hefty, multi-10 years investments built in mainframe hardware. It also serves to instill self-confidence among the longtime builders that IBM is not turning its again on the mainframe.

“This offers builders an selection to take mainframe apps and place them into those containerized environments on OpenShift,” explained Dan Elman, senior analyst with Nucleus Investigate. “It is a great intermediary move that finally receives users’ apps in excess of to the cloud, primarily for the massive banking companies and insurance plan organizations,” he explained.

Wazi Workspaces also will work with open resource equipment, together with Git for parallel development assignments, Microsoft’s Azure DevOps for orchestration, Jenkins for continuous integration on premises and in the IBM cloud. Company builders can also use the z/OS Ansible libraries¬† to obtain z/OS methods.

Other z/OS capabilities consist of support for COBOL, PL/1 and HLSAM enhancing, along with a software that identifies, manages and helps optimize builds. When integrated with Git-based SCM, builders can make use of processes this kind of as Agile and Lean that work in live performance with other platforms in a far more contemporary IDE.

Major Blue adds shift-remaining support

In a associated upcoming announcement, IBM is unveiling a shift-remaining testing ability for z/OS builders referred to as Wazi Digital Take a look at Platform (VTP). The giving lets company builders do entire transaction-degree testing with no deploying code into middleware, in accordance to IBM. The product or service can present the first phase of integration testing whilst builders are still in the build procedure. This boosts the potential to do automatic testing and development on z/OS in typical.

For IBM builders, it removes the stigma affiliated with applying other languages.
Frank DzubeckPresident, Communications Network Architects

“The most crucial matter is this about this is, for IBM-based builders, it removes the stigma affiliated with applying other languages,” explained Frank Dzubeck, president of Communications Network Architects, Inc., a consultancy in Washington, D.C. “This offers IBM the prospect to build a new crop of testers and builders by making it possible for non-mainframe builders to use their competencies to go apps on to Z,” he explained.

The new offerings could also assist relieve the problem several company IT outlets have of finding sufficient mainframe application builders, who have been retiring in massive quantities in excess of the earlier 10 years or far more.

“There is no one coming in to fill the sneakers of these very long-time COBOL programmers and builders, so these bulletins give IT organizations an substitute way of bringing in new apps to give mainframes far more everyday living,” he explained.

The new testing ability lets builders build and examination z/OS application factors in a containerized, virtual Z natural environment on OpenShift managing on x86-based hardware applying Microsoft Visible Studio Code or Eclipse.