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Google Cloud acquires Cornerstone Technology to help you migrate your mainframe

February 19, 2020
Howard Weale

Director, Transformation Practice

We are excited to share that Google Cloud has acquired Cornerstone Technology to better help customers migrate their mainframe workloads to Google Cloud. 

Cornerstone brings a wealth of experience and innovative solutions to our portfolio of products and services that help customers modernize their infrastructure and applications. Their capabilities will form the “cornerstone” of our mainframe-to-GCP solutions, and customers are able to take advantage of these new capabilities now through our Professional Services Organization and our partner network. 

For decades, companies have relied on a mainframe architecture to run their mission-critical workloads, but it often holds developers back from taking advantage of new technologies that enable them to innovate more quickly. Cloud computing presents the opportunity to modernize your applications and your infrastructure, resulting in better capabilities and allocation of resources so your organization can focus on your core business. 

As the industry increasingly builds applications as a set of services, many customers want to break their mainframe monolith programs into either Java monoliths or Java microservices. This approach to application modernization is at the heart of the Cornerstone toolset. Through the use of automated processes, Cornerstone’s tools can break down your Cobol, PL/1, or Assembler programs into services and then make them cloud native, such as within a managed, containerized environment.

Cornerstone solutions bring a number of benefits to customers as they modernize their infrastructure and applications on Google Cloud:

  1. Migration roadmap development—Conduct an assessment on your entire mainframe environment, find the macro and the microservices, and create a roadmap to a modern services architecture, making it easy to plan your path to the cloud.
  2. Conversion flexibility (“any-to-any”)—Convert any language to any other language and any database to any other database to prepare your applications for modern environments.
  3. Automated data migration—Easily move your mainframe data, unlocking its value to drive new innovative use cases in data analytics and data warehousing. 

Boa Vista, a large financial services company in Brazil, is migrating to Google Cloud and modernizing their applications using Cornerstone’s toolset. 

“Migrating to a new services architecture helps us innovate faster and save on compute costs. We’re migrating both our AS/400 and z/OS systems to more modern technologies like Java and SQL databases,” said Ricardo Orlando, chief technology officer of Boa Vista. “Google Cloud is helping us realize new revenue streams and more effectively deploy our resources.”

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.

“Easy mainframe migration will go a long way as Google attracts large enterprises to its cloud,” said Matt Eastwood, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Infrastructure, Cloud, Developers and Alliances, IDC. “Google Cloud is listening to its customers and meeting them where they are, steadily improving its services and attracting businesses across industries.”

For help with your application modernization journey, please reach out to mf-global-team@google.com, and please join us in welcoming Cornerstone to Google Cloud!

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