Google announced that it took over the Dutch company, Cornerstone that focuses on helping businesses move their legacy workloads from mainframes to public clouds. Cornerstone, offers migration assistance that is extremely hands-on, will make up the basis of Google Cloud’s mainframe-to-GCP solutions.
This migration works well with Google Cloud’s overall enterprise strategy, centred on aiding current enterprises move their legacy workloads into the cloud as well as starting new projects as cloud-native solutions from the beginning.
John Jester, VP of Customer Experience at Google Cloud said, “This is one more example of how Google Cloud is helping enterprise customers modernize their infrastructure and applications as they transition to the cloud. We’ve been making great strides to better serve enterprise customers, including introducing Premium Support, better aligning our Customer Success organization, simplifying our commercial contracting process to make it easier to do business with Google Cloud, and expanding our partner relationships.”
Many enterprises continue to depend on their mainframes to power mission-critical workloads. It is hard to make the cloud transition, which is why Cornerstone and other such vendors are useful. A majority of the mainframe applications are written in Colob, PL/1 or assembly, which does not bode well for them. The technology used by Cornerstone can automatically break down these procedures into cloud-native services which are later on managed within a containerized environment. As needed, it can also move databases.
Google Cloud has recently announced support for IBM Power Systems in its cloud. Which was another move in order to help enterprises move their legacy systems into the cloud. Using Cornerstone, Google Cloud is able to add a second layer on top of this by offering further hands-on migration assistance for users who wish to update their complete stack without needing to re-structure all of their legacy applications.