Mainframes have stood the test of time thanks to their processing power and reliability, and they continue to be the platform of choice to run mission-critical applications for some 70% of the Global 500. They’re also incredibly cost-effective, running 68% of production IT workloads around the globe while demanding only 6% of costs, but that hasn’t stopped organizations from trying to cut costs.
Mainframes are the stallion of your computing stable and command the most substantial line item in your IT budget. Mainframe systems management requires plenty of experienced personnel to handle infrastructure, operations and application development. But these are generally fixed costs that can be somewhat predictable. The most unpredictable moving target in your IT budget is the cost of monthly licensing charges (MLC).
The Magnitude of MLCs
MLCs for z/OS, Db2, IMS, CICS, and other IBM software generally account for around 30% of the mainframe’s operating budget, making them the single biggest expense associated with the mainframe. In addition, these charges have a tendency to multiply because the process-based licensing method may require you to pay for a separate license on each individual logical partition (LPAR). Considering a single z15 machine can run up to 85 LPARs, paying for redundant licenses becomes a frightening proposition.
The good news is that Cloud Compiling Inc.’s (CCI) Compiling-as-a-Service (CaaS) methodology allows you to install a single IBM-licensed compiler in your own private cloud, eliminating the need to pay redundant MLCs.
Because mainframes power some of the largest and most important corporations in the world, including 92 of the top 100 banks, CCI takes security very seriously. Fortunately, CaaS comes with almost no conceivable security risk. If you utilize an on-premise mainframe for compiling, your source code will never leave your secure internal network. Should you decide to outsource compiles to our CaaS server or in your on-premise environment, you can count on support for the latest security technologies including TLS, SSL, and VPN. We never touch your data, it remains secured and never leaves your datacenter. We also support PassTickets for RACF, ACF2, and Top Secret mainframe subsystems to ensure maximum security.
CCI has been around for almost two decades, and we’ve partnered with dozens of Fortune 500 companies to instantly cut compiling fees by 50% or more. On top of the MLC savings, we also help alleviate the constraints on your personnel due to countless SMP installs and recurring new PTFs. CCI manages all of this for you with no testing required.
CCI also gives you greater control over your systems helping to reduce errors. Your previous way of compiling with countless different load libraries are a thing of the past with Cloud Compiling. When you source this to the cloud, we know where all the compiles, copy books and load libraries are and manage that for you with no additional admin needed.
Reducing MLC is only part of the equation of savings from Cloud Compiling, Inc. By moving your compilers to the cloud (private or hybrid), you reduce operational headaches and free your skilled mainframe resources to focus on other tasks that need attention. For more information on the advantages of CaaS, download our whitepaper today or check out our installation guide and checklist. For more information on the advantages of CaaS, download our whitepaper today or check out our installation guide and checklist.