Compuware Streamlines Cloud Access to Mainframe Development


Detroit-based software company Compuware today made Topaz, its proprietary solution for mainframe development, available on Amazon Web Services (AWS). This marks the industry’s first cloud access to modern mainframe development, enabling enterprises to quickly deploy tools for common business-oriented language (COBOL) and other codebases.

Through Topaz on AWS, which leverages Amazon AppStream 2.0 technology, enterprises can provide their global development, test, and operations teams with immediate and secure cloud access to Compuware’s complete mainframe Agile/DevOps solution stack. Amazon AppStream 2.0 is a fully managed, secure application streaming service, allowing users to stream desktop applications from AWS to any device running a web browser.

“Large enterprises cannot survive if they complacently accept the mainframe status quo,” says Chris O’Malley, Compuware’s CEO . “By leveraging the cloud to bring Agile and DevOps to their core COBOL apps, large enterprises can more quickly and easily adapt (their) mainframe and continue … executing application logic, running high-performance databases, and processing financial transactions.”

Customers now have the option to deploy Topaz on-premise or on AWS, resulting in faster implementation, streamlined administration, a virtual integrated development environment (IDE), adaptive capacity, and immediate access to software updates for developers. Unlike many traditional mainframe solutions vendors, Compuware delivers new capabilities to customers every 90 days.

Topaz’s addition to AWS also allows development operations teams to:

  • Modify, test and debug COBOL, PL/I, Assembler and other mainframe code via an Eclipse-based virtual IDE
  • Visualize complex and/or undocumented application logic and data relationships
  • Manage source code and promote artifacts through the DevOps lifecycle
  • Perform common tasks such as job submission, review, print, and purge
  • Leverage a single data editor to discover, visualize, edit, compare, and protect mainframe files and data

Compuware’s patent-pending technology provides a streamlined configuration menu that leverages AWS best practices and makes it easier for information technology administrators to configure secure connectivity between Topaz on AWS and their mainframe environment.

More information can be found here.

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