“New applications will inherit the benefits of mainframe-enforced security software and high-availability features,” said IDC research vice president Jean Bozman. Nothing would prevent a customer from using a zEnterprise mainframe as a server in the cloud, she added.

A new CICS deployment assistance tool for z/OS provides comprehensive reporting and improved change-management facilities for CICS, helping to further reduce maintenance cost, the company said.

A further benefit of the zEnterprise system design is reduced latency through closer and faster network connections, and through Unified Resource Manager, Bozman said.

“You can think of the mainframe as a superhighway that will allow you to go at speeds that nothing else can match, but it had a dirt onramp,” Searle said. “Now it has an equal opportunity for consideration for the development of services in the future.”