Following on its news of porting its enterprise COBOL solutions to the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud, Micro Focus has announced that it has now ported its solution to the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) Platform.
Following its news of porting its enterprise COBOL solutions to
the Microsoft Windows Azure cloud, Micro Focus has announced that it
has now ported its solution to the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon
Indeed, Micro Focus officials said support for Amazon EC2 is a part
of the company's recently launched Enterprise Cloud Services strategy.
With Enterprise Cloud Services, customers can start their core,
mission-critical applications in the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud in U.S.
or European availability zones. This allows customers to quickly
implement a cloud computing infrastructure while continuing to use the
applications and systems they rely on to keep business running
smoothly, the company said.
Mark Haynie, CTO for Application Modernization at Micro Focus, said
he believes that as enterprises look to cloud computing as a
modernization and cost-savings strategy, Micro Focus provides a secure,
reliable approach that requires no rewriting of code, saving customers
major expenses in comparison to alternative options. Micro Focus' core
business is in delivering enterprise application management,
development and modernization solutions
"We are 100 percent committed to being cloud agnostic and supporting
customers who want to take advantage of Amazon EC2 to cut substantial
costs in the coming year," Haynie said. "To innovate in today's tough
economic climate, enterprises must embrace flexibility and
cost-effective modernization strategies. We will be alongside every
as they navigate the cloud with tighter IT budgets and an increased
focus on fast results."
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud is a Web service that provides
resizable compute capacity in the cloud, the company said. Amazon EC2's
simple Web service interface allows businesses to obtain and configure
capacity with minimal friction. Micro Focus is supporting Amazon EC2 to
increase the options customers have to reach the cloud and begin
capitalizing on the cost savings associated with cloud computing.
Enterprise Cloud Services uses an enterprise's existing encryption keys
to secure mission-critical data while in motion (over the network) or
while stored on persistent cloud storage.
"We're pleased to see Micro Focus use of Amazon Web Services to
further enable companies of all sizes to take advantage of the cloud,"
said Steve Rabuchin, Amazon Web Services Director of Developer
Relations and Business Development, in a statement "By leveraging
Amazon EC2, Micro Focus is bringing their customers the scalable and
highly available Web infrastructure that they require."
Meanwhile, Micro Focus also is extending Enterprise Cloud Services
across its independent software vendor (ISV) network, allowing ISVs to
leverage the cloud as a new sales channel, the company said. Taking
COBOL applications to the cloud and then using Micro Focus development
tools to build a Web 2.0 and software as a service (SAAS) interface
around them allows ISVs to make their systems available to a whole new
group of users, Haynie said. Enterprise Cloud Services also provide
registration and payment systems for use by ISVs to charge their
customers on a subscription basis, Micro Focus officials said.
Last November, Micro Focus announced its support for Windows Azure.
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