A startup called Heirloom Computing has launched a new development platform that aims to make it easier to move legacy applications from the mainframe to the cloud. ELPaaS, as the service is known, includes an Elastic COBOL IDE which compiles applications written in COBOL or IBM’s CICS into Java code. ELPaaS also includes a runtime which then allows those applications to run seamlessly in various “Java-friendly” cloud computing environments, including VMware’s Cloud Foundry, Red Hat OpenShift and CloudBees.
“We do all the packaging and all the interface with the cloud providers,” explained Heirloom’s Charles Krahling. “We’re trying to make it easy to move these applications to the cloud.”