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Zowe is the first Open Source framework for Z. Zowe provides solutions for development and operations teams to securely manage, control, script, and develop on the mainframe like any other cloud platform. These new developers do not need to have previous mainframe experience! By using Zowe, non-mainframer developers can use the open-source industry-standard tools they are already familiar with to access mainframe resources and services.

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Mainframes are, and will continue to be, a bedrock for industries and organizations that run mission-critical applications. In one way or another, all of us are mainframe users. Every time you make an online transaction or make a reservation, for example, you are using a mainframe.


IT Toolbox: Zowe now at Version 1.0

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About six months ago, there was a lot of excitement with the announcement of Zowe (usually pronounced like Zoë). It provided a way for the mainframe to be treated like any other server by people whose computing skill set had been developed using open source tools rather than on the mainframe itself.

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DevOps: Open Mainframe Project: Zowe Ready for Prime Time

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There is a lot of interest in updating mainframe technology/interfaces across traditional enterprises. As development environments and toolsets have evolved outside the mainframe, there is a struggle to keep up—partially because backward compatibility requirements make wild changes difficult and partly because the very architecture of mainframes is different.

There have been several fragmented efforts over the last few years—some of them quite good—to update how a mainframe is accessed from an external source and the ways that developers can code for the mainframe. After all, the number of developers proficient in mainframe toolsets continues to decline while the number of workloads does not, so something has to change.

The Open Mainframe Project’s Zowe attempts to address these issues in ways that are both more widely applicable and more technologically advanced. It takes advantage of Open Source REST systems to front-end hardcore mainframe functionality, so developers who are accustomed to application server development can call things such as Spring Boot-based interfaces and use languages including Node.Js to access their mainframe systems.

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Open Mainframe Project Advances Modern Mainframe with Production Ready Zowe 1.0

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Less than 6 months after launch, this new Zowe release provides mainframes with new, intuitive, cloud-like interfaces

SAN FRANCISCO, February 11, 2019 – The Open Mainframe Project (OMP) announced today that Zowe, an open source software framework for the mainframe that strengthens integration with modern enterprise applications, is now production ready less than six months after launching. Any enterprise or solution developer can access the Zowe 1.0 source code or convenience build and incorporate it into their products or services with the agility and scalability of a cloud platform.

Hosted by The Linux Foundation, the Open Mainframe Project is comprised of business and academic leaders within the mainframe community that collaborate to develop shared tool sets and resources. OMP launched Zowe, the first-ever open source project based on z/OS, last August to serve as an integration platform for the next generation of tools for administration, management and development on z/OS mainframes.

Zowe 1.0 consists of core technologies enabling modern interfaces for web applications on z/OS, a new command line interface and expansion of platform REST API capabilities. This makes the z/OS environment more “cloud-like” and aims to improve integration in hybrid cloud environments.

The Zowe framework provides interoperability and using the latest web technologies among products and solutions from multiple vendors. It helps enable developers to use the familiar, industry-standard, open source tools to access mainframe resources and services. Since launch, there has been a huge community response with more than 1,700 beta downloads, 700 +members of the project’s communication tool (220+ daily active users) and more than 50 committers.

“Mainframes are the foundation of businesses in every industry,” said John Mertic, Director of Program Management for the Linux Foundation and Open Mainframe Project. “Zowe breathes new life into mainframes and offers innovative possibilities for next generation applications. With Zowe 1.0, we’re developing secure, reliable and scalable computing that will ensure sustainability of mainframes for many years to come.”

With the ever-increasing deployment of hybrid architectures, mainframes need to manage a bigger volume, variety and velocity of data and transactions. OMP is dedicated to modernizing the platform for mission critical apps and blockchain – where fast data access, transactional scale, and the highest level of trust are required. The Zowe framework is part of this mission as it will enable an ecosystem of software solutions intended to provide a simple, intuitive environment for a variety of IT professionals performing administrative, development, test and operation tasks on z/OS, and help onboard the next generation of mainframe users.

Zowe 1.0 represents a major milestone on the project’s technical roadmap. Key features for this release include:

– Functional extensions, integration between different 3rd party products and applications
– Updated docs that define extension points and provide sample applications and tutorials on how to integrate with or extend the Zowe framework
– New pre-install scripts that can help identify and verify the appropriate pre-reqs prior to beginning the Zowe installation process
– A Zowe API Mediation Layer that provides the foundation for a single point of access for mainframe service REST APIs and an optional single sign-on experience that leverages an organization’s existing System Authorization Facility, or SAF protocols, enabling programs and applications to use system authorization services to control access to different resources

Additionally, Zowe earned the Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) Best Practice Badge, which means it is following best practices and conformance in driving secure software development and governance in open source. The Core Infrastructure Initiative is a collaborative, pre-emptive program and approach for strengthening cyber security that is widely supported by industry leaders like IBM, AWS, Google, VMWare and Cisco. The CII Best Practices Badge is a rigorous assessment of an open source project’s processes and infrastructure; other open source projects that has achieved the badge include Linux, Kubernetes and Node to name a few.

The Open Mainframe Project will be on-site next week at THINK 2019 with several speaking sessions about Zowe and a happy hour. Visit the OMP website to learn more.

Additional Resources:
Zowe GitHub Repository
Zowe Convenience Build Download
Getting Started documentation site
OMP’s I am a Mainframer Podcast
OMP’s Internship Program

About the Open Mainframe Project
The Open Mainframe Project is intended to serve as a focal point for deployment and use of Linux and Open Source in a mainframe computing environment. With a vision of Open Source on the Mainframe as the standard for enterprise class systems and applications, the project’s mission is to Build community and adoption of Open Source on the mainframe by eliminating barriers to Open Source adoption on the mainframe, demonstrating value of the mainframe on technical and business levels, and strengthening collaboration points and resources for the community to thrive. Learn more about the project at

About The Linux Foundation
The Linux Foundation is the organization of choice for the world’s top developers and companies to build ecosystems that accelerate open technology development and commercial adoption. Together with the worldwide open source community, it is solving the hardest technology problems by creating the largest shared technology investment in history. Founded in 2000, The Linux Foundation today provides tools, training and events to scale any open source project, which together deliver an economic impact not achievable by any one company. More information can be found at

The Linux Foundation has registered trademarks and uses trademarks. For a list of trademarks of The Linux Foundation, please see its trademark usage page: Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds.


IT Toolbox: Increasing The Power Of Hybrid IT Through Open Source

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Broadcom (perhaps still better known as CA) used this year’s Arcati Mainframe Yearbook to highlight the power of Zowe and their work in its development. They suggested that hybrid IT is all about harnessing the power of the digital age to deliver, analyze, adapt, and innovate your enterprise’s critical functions – regardless of technology or platform. The mainframe is key to your hybrid IT strategy containing a rich repository of data and applications delivered through unmatched scalability and security. Mainframe organizations however, are challenged with making the mainframe more readily consumable across all platforms and by the next-generation workforce – limiting the ability to deliver value to the business.

Broadcom is a founding contributor of the Open Mainframe Project’s Zowe initiative, and unveiled CA Brightside solution and the API Mediation code base open source through Eclipse Public License 2.0, which encourages collaboration and innovation opportunities for the IBM z/OS platform. Brightside, designed to make it easy to integrate the mainframe into enterprise DevOps workflows, allows development teams to control, script and build for the mainframe like any other cloud platform, using familiar open source tools, such as Jenkins, Gradle, and IntelliJ, through a command line interface. Releasing the code via public domain enables a broader community to contribute new innovations and improvements, while further strengthening the mainframe platform and ecosystem.

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SD Times: Modernizing the mainframe

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Mainframe technology providers are refusing to be left in the dust in a digital modern world where speed is everything, and everything is moving to the cloud. While a majority of the industry views mainframes as legacy, dated, old or irrelevant technology, many companies and initiatives are turning their focus to modernizing the mainframe.

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DevOps: Fourth Annual DevOps Dozen Winners Announced

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CA Brightside is the winner of the Most Innovative DevOps Solution for 2018. CA Brightside is the first cross-enterprise DevOps solution designed to greatly improve the productivity and efficiency of development teams to control, script and develop for the mainframe like any other cloud platform. CA Brightside is also a foundational element of the Open Mainframe Project’s Zowe initiative, the first open source project for the mainframe which strives to attract a new generation of IT administrators to mainframe platforms and make it easier to include mainframes within the larger scope of an integrated set of DevOps processes that span multiple platforms. CA Brightside is designed to make it easy to integrate the mainframe into enterprise DevOps workflows by allowing development teams to control, script and build for the mainframe just like they would for any other cloud platform through the use of familiar open source tools such as Jenkins, Gradle and IntelliJ via a command line interface (CLI).

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IT Toolbox | What’s ahead for 2019

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It’s always a risk to write a prediction blog, but also quite interesting to see what is happening at mainframe sites and take the temperature of mainframers, and generally put together the clues to come up with some ideas of what will be different in December 2019 from January.

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