National Grid Transforming Dev & Testing for Billing with Virtual z/OS on Cloud

The Billing System transformation programme at National Grid was severely hampered by z/OS test environment unavailability across multiple systems.

Dev & Test z/OS environments were already close to capacity, so mainframe modernisation initiatives required acquiring expensive new hardware. One mainframe modernisation project (using z/OS Connect to improve z/OS access) could not proceed without additional environments.

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National Grid’s cloud-first policy fuelled the desire to:

  • create dev and test environments in the cloud
  • offer self-service
  • remove third-party dependency
  • improve agility with on-demand access
  • and reduce cost

The new self-service capability has transformed National Grid’s ability to deliver transformative change across billing systems. Using Delphix and PopUp running on Azure, National Grid accelerated their projects. The company is now planning to spin up new z/OS environments with the latest secured data using automation pipelines in minutes.

Delphix and PopUp on Azure empowered National Grid with autonomy over their Z systems and the ability to increase productivity. National Grid can now immediately innovate to solve business problems using ephemeral z/OS environments spun up on demand. They are planning to redevelop some of their legacy .NET processes using modern tooling.

Mainframe Enhancement Transformation Insights with Microsoft

PopUp’s Gary Thornhill joins the Microsoft Cloud team to discuss how to get more from an existing z/OS. This includes pragmatic options to improve costs, refine a business process, create value from data or evolve DevOps.

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Gary talks about how PopUp can support z/OS businesses on their journey to delivering changes faster, cheaper and better using on-demand environments in Dev & Test.

Hear from Gary Thornhill and the Microsoft Mainframe & Midrange Transformation team in this webinar.

Delivering secured z/OS environments on-demand with PopUp Mainframe

In this webinar, PopUp’s Gary Thornhill, along with Gary Hallam of Delphix, outline and demonstrate how to provision fully data-compliant z/OS environments on demand through self-service, running on-prem or in the cloud, across dev and test.

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You will learn how PopUp enables virtualisation and automation of all types of z/OS data (including DB2, VSAM and other flat files).

PopUp allows you to extract z/OS volumes into a pre-configured environment that is then combined with the award winning virtualisation and masking features of Delphix to provide unfettered access to data. These versatile secured virtual z/OS can then be harnessed to deliver value across the enterprise for a whole variety of business objectives.

PopUp Mainframe offers incredible versatility and can be deployed and replicated across the enterprise, both on premise and in hybrid clouds for production offload, test data management and application development purposes.

Read more about z/OS Data Masking & Virtualisation.

Programmable Data infrastructure with PopUp Mainframe

In this webinar, PopUp’s Nadim Yousaf and John Edwards, along with Chay Thornhill of Delphix, outline how virtualising your non-production z/OS environments allows you to adopt an agile strategy that will accelerate application development. The discussion highlights how driving mainframe modernisation, enabling AI and CX programs and reducing cost is imperative for every company.

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You will learn how PopUp, in conjunction with Delphix data platform, can:

  • Reduce the z/OS MIPS requirement and enable huge cost savings
  • Provide rapid access to z/OS data and integrate with your distributed systems data
  • Drive DevOps adoption for your z/OS applications
  • Unlock the value in your z/OS data to drive AI and ML projects
  • Provide your z/OS developers and testers with their own environments to accelerate application development and release cycles
  • Enable rapid Incident resolution by providing break-fix environments at user-defined points in time.