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How it works

At Mainframe Cloud we’ve pioneered the ability to run software applications on the mainframe without requiring the software to be physically installed on the mainframe.

Getting Started

All our Apps are available ‘on demand’. All you need to do is to register and set-up your profile. Once set-up, every time you want to run your Apps, you simply go to our website and log in. This way we ensure that you get the most recent version of our Apps and take full advantage of the new features we are adding.

In order to set-up your profile you will need to provide relevant host information this includes your Mainframe IP Address, System ID and the Port number.

A Hybrid Cloud Solution

We offer our customers a true hybrid cloud solution. We combine the ease and simplicity of a public cloud deployment with the security features of your own private cloud. Once our Apps have downloaded from our server they are cached in your PC’s sandbox. Because there is no longer a requirement for a connection to our server, our Apps run within the firewall security of your company’s intranet.

‘No Install’ Technology

All our software application logic and Graphical User Interface (GUI) logic runs within the Java application on your PC – not on the mainframe. The only component of our solution which interfaces with the mainframe is our Agent code. Our Agent code is less than 1% the size of a traditional mainframe product and does not require executable code to be saved to the mainframe.

The Agent code is submitted transparently from your PC to the mainframe. Once running on the mainframe the Agent starts up its app logic and server, listens for requests and responds accordingly. When the Apps are closed down the agent disappears. Importantly the Agent remains unchanged, thereby negating the requirement for additional testing and simulation as new Apps are added to the platform or when new features are added to existing Apps.

Less is More

The only component of our solution architecture that interfaces with the mainframe is our Agent code. At around 10,000 bytes we estimate our Agent is less than 1% the size of traditional mainframe software applications. Less code is a good thing, it means less processing power and less periodic maintenance. These are factors which reduce the risk of an unplanned mainframe outage.

Windows Style GUI

All our software applications have been built with a Windows style user interface providing the user with an alternative to ISPF green screen. Our interface provides users with the kind of ‘point & click’, ‘drag & drop’ and ‘copy & paste’ functionality that has been synonymous with PC’s since the mid-90’s . We believe these features are critical in any solution that seeks to attract the next Generation of IT professionals into Mainframe.

Our Apps. Lightweight But Powerful

At Mainframe Cloud our vision is to create a suite of software applications that not only simplify mainframe operations and management but allow the enterprises to interrogate their mainframes database in real time to provide for superior business intelligence and predictive analytics.

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Explore™ is a file management application that allows mainframe users to pro-actively manage and edit mainframe datasets.

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Command™ provides a user intuitive Windows style wrapper to common mainframe interfaces including TSO and System commands, SDSF and SYSLOG.

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Try it free for 30 days

Because all of our Apps are available ‘on demand’ getting started is really simple. All you need to do is to register your details and set-up your profile. In order to set-up your profile you will need to provide relevant host information: this includes your Mainframe IP Address, System ID and the Port number. If you have any questions simply give us a call or send us an email we would be more than happy to help you get underway.