LzLabs assists Swisscom to achieve 60% IT cost reduction

LzLabs announced that Swisscom, Swiss telecommunications and IT service provider, has migrated its entire mainframe workload to the cloud, running on LzLabs Software Defined Mainframe.
Markus Tschumper, head of General IT Services at SwisscomSwisscom, the first 5G operator in Switzerland, has achieved approximately 60 percent IT cost reduction by moving its business critical legacy mainframe applications and data to its own private cloud infrastructure.

Swisscom’s IT engineers have switched off the legacy mainframe. IT engineers of Swisscom have migrated the business-critical applications — measured at 2500 installed MIPS (million instructions per second) – including manage billing, geography and address information and line administration for the provider’s entire fixed line network.

“We turned to LzLabs for two reasons – reducing the high cost of our legacy mainframe, but also a need for greater flexibility in our IT infrastructure that we could not achieve on the mainframe” said Markus Tschumper, head of General IT Services at Swisscom.

“With applications and data migrated unchanged, SDM represented a lower risk path for us to reach this goal. We even have plans to offer SDM as a service to our own customers, via our enterprise cloud, so our customers can experience the same benefits,” Markus Tschumper said.

SDM, a specialized container technology, provides capabilities for mainframe applications to execute on open systems, with no requirement for recompilation or conversion of data types.

In addition, SDM provides a runtime environment that supports the functionally-equivalent subsystem APIs to enable transparent execution of the binary representations of these programs and data.

These applications are easily integrated with mobile, IoT, cloud and DevOps strategies, and no longer require management by mainframe workforce, Thilo Rockmann, chairman and COO of LzLabs, said.