We are very proud to announce that PopUp Mainframe has been awarded Highly Commended in the category ‘DevOps Tool/Product of the Year’ at the DevOps Excellence Awards 2024.


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Gary Thornhill, PopUp founder, at the awards ceremony

We are thrilled to be recognised alongside some well-established players in the DevOps space.


For many organisations, mainframe is often the last piece to achieve automation. Most businesses have established automation and DevOps ways of working for the distributed teams, but haven’t managed to apply these to the mainframe areas yet.


Adopting DevOps for the mainframe poses some unique challenges. These include a lack of dev and test environments in which to trial automation, new ways of working and new tools, as well as lack of innovation opportunity. Compounding this, there is a skills shortage in mainframe and sometimes resistance to change.


certificate with the text: Highly Commended DevOps Tool/Product of the Year, PopUp MainframeAt PopUp, mainframe modernisation and mainframe DevOps is at the heart of everything we do.

Our mission is to empower mainframe businesses to deliver changes faster, cheaper and better with on-demand environments for dev and test. We see this as a necessary pre-requisite for organisations to move into this final ‘Automation & DevOps frontier’ (where ALL teams, including mainframe, can embrace automation and DevOps practices), and truly achieve their agility aspirations at all levels.


PopUp enables customers to take mainframe on their DevOps journey by creating fully functioning z/OS instances on-demand, on-prem or in the cloud, and controlling them through pipelines. This overcomes dev and test mainframe unavailability – the number one blocker to mainframe DevOps.


PopUp liberates mainframe teams, enabling automation, DevOps innovation and continuous improvement with no risk to the physical mainframe.


PopUp helps fast track DevOps initiatives in the following ways:

  • Aiding the implementation of automation and pipelines (e.g. with BMC tooling pre-installed on a PopUp)
  • Continuously improving ways of working and increasing collaboration
  • Helping to create real, lasting cultural change
  • Increasing productivity by reducing wait times
  • Modern tools boost the productivity of all team members
  • A catalyst for mainframe innovation and fast feedback
  • Ready-made cloud z/OS environments (e.g. Azure)
  • PopUp & Git integration is a cinch
  • Accelerating DevOps journeys with new talent


PopUp also provides additional features to boost your DevOps journey which are not available on the physical mainframe. For example, PopUp can be replicated to create multiple z/OS clones including applications and data, and mainframe instances can be deployed and torn down using APIs or pipelines. In conjunction with Delphix, mainframe instances can be bookmarked at any stage, then they can be rewound or fast forwarded to the snapshot using a self-service portal.


To learn more about how PopUp can help you achieve your DevOps goals, read the blog: Fast Track your DevOps Mainframe Initiatives.


Curious to know more about DevOps for the mainframe, how ephemeral mainframe instances can accelerate your projects, or automating your mainframe processes? Contact us.


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