We have reached a major milestone on our Mainframe innovation roadmap and I wanted to use the opportunity to introduce the updates, explain how we got to this point and share where the initiative will go from here.
The first major update is that Broadcom now provides a commercial, fully supported version of the second major part of the Zowe Open Mainframe Project – API Mediation Layer.
This means that our customers can start exploring the technology with the open source version of Zowe API Mediation Layer. Then at their convenience and business need transition to a commercial version of the offering with stable releases, 24×7 phone support, simplified installation and configuration and accomplish this transition with as little interruption as possible.
At the time of release, API Mediation Layer supports REST APIs from CA Endevor SCM and CA Endevor FileMaster Plus. In addition, CA Workload Automation ESP APIs are discoverable in the Zowe API catalog, enabling users to monitor and control ESP driven workloads. Similarly, APIs from CA Sysview for DB2, formerly known as Insight, are also discoverable in the Zowe API catalog, enabling users to retrieve critical DB2 system performance metrics.
- You can learn more about Zowe, its components and collaboration between IBM, Rocket Software and Broadcom here: zowe.org
The second reason for my excitement is the advancement of the already available Command Line Interface. With this release, we have extended support for use cases that involve Ops automation workflows through the new set of commands for CA OPS/MVS and we also addressed one of the major requests from our customers which was support for CICS environment.
How did we get here?
Just a year ago, it was bold to predict that very soon a large community of developers would start interacting with z/OS in the same way that we are used to when working with cloud environments – setting up a sandbox, checking out code, using modern development tools and frameworks and creating robust automations that run build and test tasks on z/OS.
At CA Technologies, a Broadcom Company, the spark that led us to re-think the Mainframe developer experience came from our own new generation of developers who we hired to support existing systems and applications. Some of them were college graduates, others had just a couple of years of experience in the industry. They grew frustrated with the time that they had to invest to learn the old ways of supporting the applications, especially those written in assembler, COBOL and PL/1.
That frustration proved constructive and one of the teams envisioned a framework written in node.JS that would provide translation between the new DevOps technologies and the old systems. It turned out there were many more developers who wanted the same and their desire to change was not limited to the command line.
There were already many REST APIs that were exposed by individual products, or by the operating system that are not catalogued and that do not all use the same security, or scalability facilities, hence the API Mediation Layer.
This need for a fundamentally new approach to development and maintenance of z/OS applications brought us together with our partners IBM and Rocket Software who provided additional contributions to the initiative that is now known as Zowe.
By now you may have noticed that I use the two brands, Zowe and Brightside, somewhat interchangeably. Zowe is the aforementioned Open Mainframe Project initiative which is managed by the founding members as a project within the Linux Foundation. It is the first major open source project targeting z/OS development. Brightside is Broadcom’s commercial offering based on Zowe that combines a stable, fully supported version of Zowe CLI and API Mediation Layer. It includes enterprise-grade capabilities like improved secure storage of user credentials and additional plugins that help connect the core Zowe with CA products.
We were delighted to learn just last week that CA Brightside was awarded the 2018 Most Innovative DevOps Solution by DevOps.com.
CA Brightside 2.0 is a major milestone towards better integrated DevOps on Mainframe that fits the experience and expectations of the new generation of Mainframe developers. In discussions with existing and future clients I hear over and over again the need for easy access to new technologies and at the same time enterprise grade features, predictable release schedules and support. Together, Zowe and Brightside address these needs.
Going forward, I expect additional commercial offerings powered by Zowe. Today, we are just tapping into the potential for innovation. Perhaps even more importantly I expect additional plugins, scripts, examples and templates to be introduced by individual contributors and service providers.
For more information on this award-winning product and to get started on your Brightside journey, visit ca.com/brightside.
Congrats to Zowe and Brightside teams on a major milestone!