IBM has announced a COBOL compiler for Linux on x86. “IBM COBOL for Linux on x86 1.1 brings IBM’s COBOL compilation technologies and capabilities to the Linux on x86 environment,” IBM said in an announcement, describing it as “the latest addition to the IBM COBOL family of compilers, which includes Enterprise COBOL for z / OS and COBOL for AIX.” The register reports: COBOL – the common business language – has its roots in the 1950s and is synonymous with the era of the mainframe and the difficulty of repaying technical debt accumulated from a bygone era of computing. So why is IBM – which is obsessed with hybrid clouds today – bothering to offer a COBOL compiler for Linux on x86? Because IBM thinks you might want your COBOL applications in a hybrid cloud, although the IBM hybrid fancy kind, which can mean a mix of z / OS, AIX, mainframes, POWER systems, and real public clouds.
But the announcement also suggests that IBM does not fully believe that this COBOL on Linux x86 has a future as it concludes, “This solution also gives businesses the flexibility to move workloads to IBM Z if performance requirements and increase throughput, or share business logic and data with CICS Transaction Server for z / OS. “The new offering requires RHEL 7.8 or later, or Ubuntu Server 16.04 LTS, 18.04 LTS or later.
IBM creates COBOL compiler for Linux on x86
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