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Astadia Teams Up with Micro Focus and Microsoft to Deploy “FASTPaaS” to the Cloud

July 9, 2019

Boston, MA—Further empowering customers to more effectively modernize their mainframe infrastructures, Astadia today announced a key agreement with Micro Focus and Microsoft. The partnership creates a new joint offering to deliver a more effective transition of legacy applications and elements to flexible, scalable cloud-based infrastructures on Microsoft Azure.

As part of the collaboration, customers can migrate mainframe assets via a joint Astadia and Micro Focus offering, FASTPaaS – a comprehensive suite of products and core methodologies designed to transform COBOL applications for next-generation digital infrastructures. The solution is designed to transition core infrastructure elements directly to Microsoft Azure, the award-winning open, flexible and enterprise-grade cloud computing platform.

"Astadia is committed to helping customers tap into the power of mainframe and legacy environments in this newly digital world. That's why we're so focused on building the best partnerships that drive the mainframe modernization journeys," said Steve Steuart, Chief Technology Officer at Astadia. "Micro Focus has built a successful track-record with clients globally to keep critical systems alive, all while preparing for the next wave of modernization on premier offerings like Microsoft Azure. This new joint offering is a win for our customers worldwide – allowing them to accelerate the pathway to cloud more effectively than ever before."

The shift from proprietary, mainframe-based infrastructures to flexible cloud computing models provides customers with significant opportunities to save time and money. In fact, a recent survey of senior IT decision-makers indicates that 94 percent are actively considering moving off mainframes, and 77 percent believe their organizations should have already initiated migration initiatives. Another report notes industry leaders expect a dramatic rise in the importance of physical vs. digital infrastructures – with nearly 60 percent of businesses counting on the latter by 2023. The path towards modernization is just as dramatic in the government sector. In fact, the Department of Homeland Security reported a $1.6 billion cost savings from infrastructure modernization efforts – including a significant reduction in labor required to maintain legacy systems and software.

Based on a proven methodology, government agencies are already actively utilizing the FASTPaaS methodology to advance legacy environments via a "cloud-smart" approach.

"Customers understand the importance of cloud technology, but often aren't sure how to get there. Mainframe environments just weren't designed to deliver the flexibility and scalability critical to competing in this newly digital and mobile world," said Chris Livesey, Senior Vice President, Modernization at Micro Focus. "This agreement with industry leaders like Astadia and Microsoft will go a long way towards enabling this modernization shift, while not losing sight of the core technology that runs the business."

The Astadia mainframe modernization offering is backed by decades of experience and hundreds of successful migrations – helping customers to unlock infrastructure potential currently blocked by mainframe platforms. Astadia's approach is based on three core steps, including: Mainframe Assessment, Mainframe Modernization and Application Modernization.

The comprehensive process begins with full assessment of legacy technology, processes and resources to build a detailed journey map. During the next phase, a modernization program is activated - migrating core infrastructure and application elements to leading cloud platforms, such as Microsoft Azure. Once applications are independent from the mainframe, Astadia works on ongoing optimization through refactoring and rewriting – alongside CI/CD and Automated Testing.

"Astadia has been migrating mainframes for the past 25 years. FASTPaaS is their latest framework for rapidly deploying mainframe-based applications to the Cloud. With FASTPaaS, you will benefit from 25 years of expertise, and a proven methodology, for deploying your mainframe based applications on Azure," said Bob Ellsworth, Director Mainframe Transformation, Microsoft.

To learn more about modernizing mainframe environments with Astadia, or the new FastPaaS Program in conjunction with Micro Focus, please visit www.astadia.com or https://www.microfocus.com/en-us/home. Readers can explore all that Microsoft Azure has to offer at https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/.

Astadia is a global premier technology consulting firm with a focus on mainframe migrations that has benefited hundreds of clients, converted millions of lines of COBOL, and helped maximize the impact and minimize the risks of today’s blended enterprise and cloud IT ecosystem. Astadia has a bench of deeply experienced solution engineers, best-in-class modernization tools, and the processes and methodology optimized for our mainframe modernization specialty. Microsoft, a strategic technology partner for Astadia, recently honored the company with the “Top Performer” award for Mainframe to AZURE Modernization.

For more information about Astadia, please visit www.astadia.com and follow Astadia.

Micro Focus helps organizations run and transform their business through four core areas of digital transformation: Enterprise DevOps, Hybrid IT Management, Predictive Analytics and Security, Risk & Governance. Driven by customer-centric innovation, our software provides the critical tools they need to build, operate, secure, and analyze the enterprise. By design, these tools bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies—enabling faster innovation, with less risk, in the race to digital transformation.

Astadia Announces a Majority Investment by Spring Lake Equity Partners

January 30, 2019

Growth Capital Fuels Leading Mainframe-to-Cloud Modernization Company

July 31, 2018 08:45 AM Eastern Daylight Time

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Astadia announces a majority investment by Spring Lake Equity Partners. Also participating in the financing is New Harbour Partners. This new round of funding will enable Astadia to add capacity and the sales and marketing firepower necessary to meet expanding market demand.

Astadia offers next-generation services to organizations that want to move, and upgrade, their legacy application systems to a cloud-based computing platform. Demand by clients to move these “mission critical” application software systems leveraging modernization platforms from Microsoft, Amazon, Oracle and Micro Focus is increasing at a rapid pace. Market demand is happening across all commercial segments, as well as in the Public Sector, at the Federal, State and Local levels.

The economics of Cloud computing offers organizations of all sizes an opportunity to reduce their annual operating costs by up to 80%, versus on-premise computer operations. Modern infrastructure gives enterprises the ability to dynamically scale up or scale down the computing resources needed to meet requirements at any given time, enabling greater control and agility. In addition, a Cloud platform offers its clients an environment for innovation, while enabling large-scale wireless device access, as a native Cloud service.

Astadia has successfully completed more than 200 Mainframe Modernization projects, specializing in mainframe-class computers from IBM and UNISYS. These traditional systems are very costly to operate and maintain, and lack the flexibility to respond to rapidly changing business conditions. In addition, finding technical staff to support and extend these mainframes is becoming more difficult, since new technical workers coming in to the work force have skills that are focused on Cloud platforms.

“Enterprises are under increasing pressure to migrate off of these costly, inflexible computing platforms, while at the same time, the IT staffs supporting these systems have retired or are nearing retirement,” said Scott G. Silk, Astadia Chairman and CEO. “The convergence of these two trends is creating a sense of urgency for clients and a great opportunity for Astadia, the market leader in this segment.”

“We’re very excited about the success that Astadia has demonstrated in moving Legacy systems to modern platforms,” said Carmen Scarpa, Managing Partner at Spring Lake Equity Partners. “Demand for Cloud computing has accelerated the migration of large mainframe applications to this new delivery platform, and we are excited to back this experienced team.”

Astadia was represented by counsel Choate Hall & Stewart LLP. Choate helped Astadia keep this fast-paced transaction on track, enabling the company to quickly close on the financing so it could pursue immediate commercial opportunities.

Astadia’s Mainframe to Cloud Reference Architecture Guides

Built on Decades of Experience

Astadia has completed more than 200 modernization projects and has a proven methodology, best practices and proprietary tools for discovery, planning, implementation and on-going management and support. The Mainframe to Cloud Reference Architecture Guides cover the following topics:

• Drivers and challenges associated with modernizing mainframe workloads
• A primer on the specific mainframe architectures
• Primers on the Microsoft Azure, AWS and Oracle cloud architectures
• Detailed Reference Architecture diagrams and accompanying narrative

Availability

IBM Mainframe to Azure Reference Architecture
https://cloudgps.astadia.com/ibm-mainframe-to-azure-reference-architecture

Unisys Mainframe to Azure Reference Architecture
https://cloudgps.astadia.com/unisys-to-azure-reference-architecture

IBM Mainframe to AWS Reference Architecture
https://cloudgps.astadia.com/ibm-mainframe-to-aws-reference-architecture

About Astadia

Astadia is a multi-national premier technology consulting firm focused on maximizing the impact and minimizing the risks of today’s blended enterprise and cloud IT ecosystem. Clients choose Astadia for our experience, agility and the results we deliver.

For more information about Astadia, please visit http://www.astadia.com and follow Astadia on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

All brand names and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Astadia Wins Microsoft “Top Performer” Award for Mainframe to AZURE Modernization

January 30, 2019

Astadia leverages its 25+ years expertise in mainframe modernization to focus on moving these workloads to Microsoft AZURE.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. Astadia announced that Microsoft has honored the company with the “Top Performer” award for Mainframe to AZURE Modernization. Microsoft presented Astadia with the award during the 2018 Microsoft Inspire Conference in Las Vegas, NV.

Mainframes still run significant workloads on behalf of commercial and public sector organizations; yet the cost of maintaining these platforms increases annually while the availability of skilled workers rapidly declines. Azure is now ready to support these workloads with security, performance and reliability, fueling new digital transformation and innovation.

“By aggressively driving digital transformation with Azure, Astadia demonstrates the power of our cloud environment to run mainframe application workloads for clients around the globe,”
said Bob Ellsworth.

“For decades, mainframes have traditionally housed the most mission critical applications for an organization,” said Scott G. Silk, Astadia Chairman and CEO. “Microsoft Azure is ready to take on these workloads, and Astadia is ready to help organizations make the move with a low-cost, low-risk approach, and then provide ongoing services to manage the resulting environment.”

Astadia’s Mainframe to Azure Reference Architecture Guides Built on Decades of Experience

Astadia has completed more than 200 modernization projects and has a proven methodology, best practices and proprietary tools for discovery, planning, implementation and on-going management and support. The Mainframe to Cloud Reference Architectures cover the following topics:

* Drivers and challenges associated with modernizing mainframe workloads

* A primer on the specific mainframe architectures

* A primer on the Microsoft Azure architecture

* Detailed Reference Architecture diagrams and accompanying narrative

Availability

The Unisys to Microsoft Azure Reference Architecture is available for free download at https://cloudgps.astadia.com/unisys-to-azure-reference-architecture

The IBM Mainframe to Microsoft Azure Reference Architecture is available for free download at https://cloudgps.astadia.com/ibm-mainframe-to-azure-reference-architecture

About Astadia

Astadia is a multi-national premier technology consultancy focused on maximizing the impact and minimizing the risks of today’s blended enterprise and cloud IT ecosystem. Clients choose Astadia for our experience, agility and the results we deliver.

For more information about Astadia, please visit http://www.astadia.com and follow Astadia on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn

All brand names and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective companies.

Astadia Publishes AWS Performance Benchmark Guide for Moving Unisys Enterprises Applications to AWS

January 30, 2019

Results of Study Find AWS is Reliable and Scalable for Mainframe Application Workloads

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Astadia announces the release of their Amazon Web Services (AWS) Performance Benchmark Guide. This paper documents the results of a benchmark study to test performance of UNISYS (NYSE:UIS) mainframe applications that have been migrated to AWS. Astadia conducted this study with support from AWS and software provided by Micro Focus and Astadia. Results of the performance benchmark testing revealed AWS to be a reliable and scalable environment that provides the performance, stability and availability necessary to cope with the demands of applications originally designed for Unisys mainframes.

Read entire article on Business Wire

Astadia Publishes a Guide for Moving IBM & UNISYS Enterprise Applications to Oracle Cloud

January 30, 2019

Astadia announces the release of their Mainframe to the Oracle Cloud Reference Architecture Guide. The focus of this guide are IBM (NYSE:IBM) and UNISYS (NYSE:UIS) mainframe computers, and all application software in use on these platforms. This guide will assist business and IT professionals as they prepare plans and project teams, to move mainframe-based application portfolios and databases to the Oracle Cloud Platform. Read entire press release on Business Wire...

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