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Google Acquires Mainframe Migration Company Cornerstone
Cornerstone Technology specializes in application modernization and migration. It has developed proprietary algorithms that use automation to help migrate mainframe applications to modern programming languages and application architectures.
As Daniel Stori’s memorable cartoon visualizes, the enterprise journey to cloud is not for the faint of heart. Legacy applications such as mainframe apps are notoriously difficult to migrate. Many enterprises have stuck with their backward-compatible and highly available multimillion-dollar pieces of big iron and simply integrated these with other applications when necessary.
Mainframes are a fact of life for many organizations in financial services and manufacturing, often requiring dedicated teams to support them and resulting in additional overhead for development, operations, and infrastructure teams.
Refactoring such applications – essentially, rewriting them in more cloud-friendly forms – is an expensive and risky proposition for many enterprises.
Cornerstone’s value proposition has been to simplify and speed up application modernization, promising quicker migration, reduced risk, and reduced complexity and operational overhead in the final state.
Like Google’s play with its Anthos platform, marketed as a big red easy button for cloud deployments, its acquisition of Cornerstone promises to make it faster and easier for organizations to get their workloads into Google’s cloud.
Making it easy to get to the cloud won’t necessarily ensure that organizations realize the cloud’s full value, however. Splitting applications into microservices is supposed to allow for increased throughput of new features, but taking advantage of microservice architectures will require IT departments to change their organizational and governance structures to adapt to these new paradigms.
Even if most of the heavy lifting is done for them with the migration and refactoring of the application itself, many teams will have a good deal of work ahead of them as they continue to evolve to mature their DevOps capabilities.
It’s important that organizations develop solid plans for how to realize the value of cloud once they are there and establish appropriate governance to ensure continuous improvement for their evolving post-migration operating model.
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