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Interamerican Selects Clerity, Veryant for Mainframe Migration

The insurer is transitioning from a COBOL environment to Linux.

Greek insurer Interamerican Insurance will use the UniKix Mainframe Rehosting software from Chicago-based Clerity and vCOBOL Enterprise from Westchester, Ill.-based Veryant to transition its environment from COBOL to Linux.

Currently, Interamerican's systems are written in COBOL on an IBM z/OS mainframe. It's redeveloping its online IBM CICS workloads on the mainframe as Java Web-based applications, using UniKix to address batch/JCL requirements, and vCOBOL to support migrated COBOL programs in a similar way to the z/OS environment, until everything will be redeveloped in Java, according to the company.

[Read how 21st Century completed a similar mainframe migration with Clerity.]

The company will be deploying UniKix BPE and vCOBOL on mainframe Integrated Facility for Linux (IFL) processors in production, including more than 2 terabytes of sequential, VSAM and IBM DB2 data. The final product will be on the IBM System z platform.

“Since we wanted to focus mostly on our redevelopment plans, and the move to an open computing environment, we were looking for a platform that would help us achieve our strategic goals with the least disruption of our existing everyday processes,” Nikos Katsaros, CTO, Interamerican, says in a statement.

Nathan Golia is senior editor of Insurance & Technology. He joined the publication in 2010 as associate editor and covers all aspects of the nexus between insurance and information technology, including mobility, distribution, core systems, customer interaction, and risk ... View Full Bio

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