May 02, 2013
FREMONT, Calif., May 2 — The latest benchmark testing by Heirloom Computing revealed that the company's ELPaaS cloud platform for legacy applications is much faster than mainframe computing alternatives, while costing companies 90% less.
The results strongly validate the viability of cloud computing as a less expensive and highly reliable alternative to traditional and expensive mainframe computing solutions.
In this TPC-C benchmarking test, Heirloom used an HP Compute Cloud "Standard, Extra Large" (4 CPU, 16GB RAM) instance as its building block. Blocks can be added or removed dynamically for exceptional scalability and flexibility. Heirloom used 1,500 terminals to achieve a transaction throughput rate of 12,105 CICS transactions per minute, equivalent to a 905 MIPS mainframe - well within the needs of the vast majority of mainframe users. Compatibility with IBM COBOL & CICS was provided by Heirloom's Elastic COBOL and compatibility with the IBM DB2 database was provided by VMware's SQLFire. The benchmark was orchestrated by Heirloom's JES/JCL engine and deployed to Heirloom's ELPaaS.
The IBM Systems Journal Vol. 40, No. 3 article, "Characteristics of production database workloads and the TPC benchmarks," determined that the TPC-C benchmark is a good representation of the production IBM CICS workloads run by almost all Global 2000 datacenters.
"The results are in and it's safe to say that Heirloom Computing offers a fantastic solution for moving mainframe workloads to the cloud, both in terms of performance and cost," said Gary Crook, CEO of Heirloom Computing. "CIOs and IT managers need to take a hard look at their IT roadmap and ask themselves if it makes sense to keep pouring money into legacy hardware and software solutions when the cloud offers such a viable, agile and inexpensive alternative."
"Today's cloud computing environment has all the necessary components for affordable, effective enterprise computing, at a fraction of the cost compared to mainframe alternatives," said Mark Haynie, CTO of Heirloom Computing. "With Heirloom's experience and the proven capabilities of its partner network to provide world-class implementation and support at every step, the benefits of this solution are within reach for enterprises of all sizes."
Heirloom Computing is on a mission to modernize the world's business-critical enterprise software applications. Heirloom's best-in-class tools seamlessly migrate legacy systems to private and public cloud computing infrastructures, so IT departments can reap the cost benefits of cloud computing and satisfy user demands for applications accessible via web browsers and mobile devices.
Source: Heirloom Computing
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