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High ROI Mainframe Modernization with Oracle Tuxedo

Organizations that depend on IT for competitive differentiation have turned to Oracle Tuxedo’s mainframe rehosting technology to shift IT dollars away from maintenance and infrastructure costs and toward innovation.

The #1 application server for C, C++, and COBOL, and the premiere mainframe rehosting platform, Oracle Tuxedo helps customers rehost mainframe applications to open systems and modernize them, build new applications requiring extreme speed and reliability, and create enterprise clouds for mission-critical applications.

As the following examples demonstrate, companies such as Sterci, Mazda, and Caja de Valores S.A have found that Oracle Tuxedo plays a major role in their modernization plans.

Mazda Motor Corporation. The automotive company is preparing to go into production with a project that will both modernize its cost accounting system and reduce mainframe maintenance costs. The current system runs on two mainframes. Mazda has embarked on a migration initiative from one of these mainframes.

The final stage of this project is migration of cost accounting applications to an open environment. To speed the migration and avoid a complete rewrite, Mazda wants to reuse its current batch framework as much as possible, but where needed, replace application programs from various proprietary mainframe languages with Java.

To enable a faster migration and quicker ROI, Mazda decided to use Oracle Tuxedo Application Runtime for CICS and Batch to migrate its batch architecture to the new open environment—a solution that is expected to
  • Provide significant cost savings by eliminating one mainframe
  • Reduce batch duration and improve the turnaround time on the monthly and quarterly reporting
  • Provide innovative capabilities for managing thousands of generation data group files (CDG) files used by migrated batch jobs
The migrated system will go into production by the end of 2012 and run in parallel with the mainframe environment for a couple of quarters, after which one mainframe will be decommissioned.

Sterci’s GTExchange. This high-performance financial messaging system is designed to bridge the gap between the payment systems running on mainframe legacy infrastructures at many large banks, and more modern initiatives based on XML and internet technologies.

Powered by Oracle Tuxedo and Oracle Exalogic, GTExchange provides an open, service-oriented architecture that delivers high scalability, availability, performance, and resilience while maintaining compliance with industry standards and regulations.

In a recent benchmark done for a tier 1 bank with stringent scalability, availability, and performance requirements, Sterci’s GTExchange achieved an impressive
  • 365 percent improvement in message throughput when running on an Oracle Exalogic and Oracle Exadata stack
  • Incredible throughput of 3.65 million simple message flows per hour
  • Total of 2.66 million complex (multiple external application interfaces) message flows per hour
In addition, the Oracle stack delivers a 57 percent lower TCO (in comparison with other hardware) over five years.

Caja de Valores S.A. Oracle Tuxedo is a cornerstone of the two-phase modernization strategy at Caja de Valores S.A., Argentina's central securities depository and registrar (CSD) that also provides core IT services to the Buenos Aires Stock Market and Buenos Aires Stock Exchange.

Caja de Valores S.A.’s project is aimed at rehosting core systems to an open environment, followed by further modernization and selective rewrites. Because integration with new technologies is a key requirement, the organization viewed the choice of a mainframe-compatible COBOL application server and message broker middleware as a lynchpin for success.

After evaluating many options, Oracle Tuxedo was selected for its mainframe compatibility; its ability to meet the project performance, scalability, and robustness requirements; and its maturity and long record of success in running mission-critical systems.

On June 4, 2012; the first phase was completed. All core applications (more than 5 million lines of rehosted COBOL code) went live running on the new, Oracle Tuxedo–based, open architecture.

For Caja de Valores, this phase provides
  • A TCO reduction of 50 percent for the core processing environment
  • Increase in throughput by 200 percent
  • Cutting in half the time it takes to complete stock transactions
Oracle Tuxedo 12c: Dependability and New Capabilities
Companies look to Oracle Tuxedo for its history of dependability as well as for the new capabilities unveiled in Oracle Tuxedo 12c.

Oracle Tuxedo 12c offers a modern, industrial-strength platform to migrate, develop, and run mission-critical, C, C++, and COBOL applications on traditional data center infrastructure, on engineered systems such as Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, and in enterprise cloud environments.

Oracle Tuxedo Application Runtime for CICS and Batch 12c and Oracle Tuxedo Application Runtime for IMS 12c, in conjunction with Oracle Tuxedo 12c and Oracle Tuxedo Application Rehosting Workbench 12c, accelerate mainframe migrations while lowering risk.

With Oracle Tuxedo 12c, companies can modernize mission-critical mainframe applications by rehosting them to open systems, thereby significantly reducing operational costs, tremendously increasing flexibility, and meeting their cloud ambitions. The cost savings achieved as the result of such fast migration can fund subsequent modernization efforts, including extending the application with Java components, integrating into service-oriented architecture, rearchitecting selective components, and refactoring the legacy user interfaces.

Learn more about Oracle Tuxedo 12c.

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