The University Of California Saved Millions Moving From Mainframe to Cloud

The University of California saved millions moving from mainframe to cloud. A tech blog post from the office of the president of the University of California says that ‘while there were some intense moments, the team got the job done. We saved money, increased security, eliminated redundancy, and took a step into the future.’

The University Of California Saved Millions Moving From Mainframe to Cloud

The University Of California Saved Millions Moving From Mainframe to Cloud

The UCOP currently is set to be leaving a technological legacy that is 50 years old and it is now heading towards a future in the cloud. That being said, what does it really mean? Well, it is simple. As of the 30 of June 2022, UCOP ended its reliance on the mainframe computer.

As one of the university’s oldest tech, the mainframe has in the past hosted several important applications, everything from payroll for active and retired employees to even corporate personnel data. That being said, this project is a very important one to get right.

The now project took two complete years and also integrated important collaboration from other organizations and the hard work among many business partners which include nine locations, the UCPath Center, and the UCOP Information technology Services.

How Much Was Saved?

The University of California office of the president stated that they converted 50 years that is worth of accumulated legacy mainframe data and applications to a serverless native AWS. The move also required a huge effort on the part of owners of applications which include Human Resources, Institution Research, Academic Planning, Payroll, Finance, and Personnel and programs.

And as a result of all these many efforts, the whole infrastructural cost of storing and running legacy applications and data is now dropping from a significant $3 million to $50,000 yearly which will lead to a savings of $2.95 million per year.

Accomplishments of the Move from Mainframe to Cloud

The accomplishments of the migration include;

  • Analyzed 64 terabytes of data
  • Converted 20 mainframe applications
  • Analyzed 900 worth of data elements
  • Analyzed 3,044 tables
  • Unraveled 35,000 lines of FOCUS and COBOL code
  • And reached out to 366 stakeholders

The project reportedly is a great example of collaboration and communication across many groups in various areas with a majority of the job now done remotely. And while there were some intense moments during the migration, the team came through and got the job done ultimately. That being said, money was saved, security was increased, redundancy was eliminated and a step into the future was taken.


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