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CA Technologies, AWS and Riverbed bring mainframe Cloud to big four banks

Brian Karlovsky | Aug. 7, 2014
CA Technologies clinches first major Australian customer for mainframe Cloud storage.

CA Technologies has landed its first major Australian customer in its bid to bring Cloud to the mainframe.

CA Technologies, in partnership with Amazon Web Services and Riverbed, has implemented its Cloud Storage for System Z solution with one of Australia's big four banks and is in "detailed talks" with another.

The technology, officially released in November last year, migrates legacy mainframe data, often stored on tape and disk, to an Amazon Cloud, while Riverbed secures and enables seamless access to the data.

Mainframes are used by big organisations with a need to store a lot of data for a long time.

It is designed to help organisations eliminate costly purchases and reduce the total cost of ownership for storing and managing z/OS data.

With Amazon Web Services cloud storage and the Riverbed Technology Whitewater cloud storage gateway, it allows companies to store, access, retrieve and recover z/OS data more quickly and easily.

It also helps reduce dependency on expensive, proprietary hardware solutions and helps shrink your costs of acquiring and managing System z storage when used with the Amazon and Riverbed offerings.

CA Technologies, vice president solution sales, mainframe, Chris Wilson, told ARN that all four of the big banks already used their technology and that he was hoping to pick up two or three more as mainframe Cloud customers over the next year.

"All four of the big banks use our technology so there's a fair amount of trust," he said.

"From a CA perspective we have set quite conservative targets. In the Australian market in the next 12 months, if we could get two or three more customers active and getting the benefits of the solution we would be pretty happy.

Wilson said, until now, there had really been no mainframe data stored in the Cloud.

"What we have found talking to our customers is that we are seeing relentless growth in mainframe from what we refer to now as the app economy, and our customers are looking for alternatives that are cost effective," he said.

"This partnership provides a method for us to move mainframe data into the Cloud, storing it much cheaply and reducing the amount of storage our customers need.

Wilson said it provided customers with flexibility in the "dynamic datacentre" and had garnered strong interest from all of CA's customers.

"They keep records for up to seven years that quite often never get looked at," he said.

"Being able to move that data to the Cloud is a lot more cost effective for them and we have partnered AWS to build out this solution."

Wilson said data sovereignty had emerged as a major issue for the banks and the financial services industry.


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