Major telecoms provider switches off mainframe and trusts LzLabs
Software Defined Mainframe® (SDM) to run
business critical applications.
today announced that leading Swiss telecommunications and IT service
has migrated its entire mainframe workload to the cloud, running on
LzLabs Software Defined Mainframe®. With this migration,
Swisscom has achieved a landmark in enterprise IT, by moving its
business critical legacy mainframe applications and data to its own
enterprise cloud infrastructure, without any data reformatting or
recompilation of its application program code.
Swisscom achieved approximately 60% IT cost reduction as a result of its
journey to entirely phase out its legacy mainframe, which it has now
switched off. The business-critical applications migrated – measured at
2500 installed MIPS (million instructions per second) – manage billing,
geography and address information and line administration for the
provider’s entire fixed line network. All workload now runs on
Swisscom’s own private cloud.
“We turned to LzLabs for two reasons – reducing the high cost of our
legacy mainframe, but also a need for greater flexibility in our IT
infrastructure that we could not achieve on the mainframe” said Markus
Tschumper, Head of General IT Services at Swisscom. “With applications
and data migrated unchanged, SDM represented a lower risk path for us to
reach this goal” he continued. “We even have plans to offer SDM as a
service to our own customers, via our enterprise cloud, so our customers
can experience the same benefits”.
SDM is a specialized container technology that provides capabilities for
mainframe applications to execute on open systems, with no requirement
for recompilation or conversion of data types. SDM provides a runtime
environment that supports the necessary functionally-equivalent
subsystem APIs to enable transparent execution of the binary
representations of these programs and data. Running in open
environments, these applications are more easily integrated with mobile,
IoT, cloud and DevOps strategies, and no longer require management by a
diminishing mainframe workforce.
Swisscom’s successful migration away from its legacy systems is yet
another example of the growing demand for flexibility, agility, and cost
savings from organizations shackled by their existing mainframe
environments. LzLabs continues to provide its customers with a graceful
path to modernizing their mainframe environments incrementally, allowing
these organizations to harness the power of modern, open, cloud-based
technologies and tap into the worldwide open-source talent pool.
“We are delighted to have helped Swisscom on its pioneering IT
modernization journey from the legacy mainframe to the cloud” said Thilo
Rockmann, Chairman and COO, LzLabs. “We hope the success of this
implementation inspires more organizations to take the first step
towards open innovation” he continued.
Information for Editors
LzLabs is a software company that develops innovative solutions for
enterprise computing customers, including the LzLabs Software Defined
Mainframe®. The company was founded in 2011 and is
headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland.
Swisscom, Switzerland’s leading ICT company is headquartered in Ittigen,
Berne. About 20,000 employees generated sales of CHF 11.7 billion in
2018. Swisscom supports regulated financial institutions in
digitization. One of the central fields are digital asset services.
About the LzLabs Software Defined Mainframe®
LzLabs Software Defined Mainframe® enables customers to run
mainframe workloads on x86 or the cloud without recompilation or data
reformatting. This approach significantly reduces the risks associated
with mainframe migration, enables incremental modernization and
integrates applications with DevOps, open-source and the Cloud.
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