Open Mainframe Project Expands its Ecosystem, Adds Four New Members

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  • Phoenix Software, Syncsort, Western University and Zoss Team LLC have joined as new members
  • It has also announced the launch of Zowe Conformance Program to build a vendor-neutral ecosystem around Zowe.

The Open Mainframe Project (OMP), an open source initiative that enables collaboration across the mainframe community to develop shared tool sets and resources, has expanded its ecosystem with the addition of four new members and three new open source projects.

The four new members are: Phoenix Software, Syncsort, Western University and Zoss Team LLC. The three newly included projects include: Feilong, zorow and TerseDecompress.

They are joining current projects ADE, Atom plugins for z/VM, Mentorship Program and Zowe hosted by the OMP umbrella.

“The Open Mainframe Project is a focal point for deployment and use of Linux and open source software on mainframes,” said John Mertic, Director of Program Management for the Linux Foundation and Open Mainframe Project.

“We are increasing collaboration in the mainframe community, developing shared tool sets and resources and making mainframes, with their underlying compute power, more broadly available. Recent successes and continued international support show fantastic progress in these areas,” he noted.

Building a vendor-neutral ecosystem

Open Mainframe Project’s Zowe turned one year old this month with more than 712,000 pageviews and 4600 downloads. To ensure that vendors are delivering offerings that align with the Zowe framework, Open Mainframe Project has launched a Zowe Conformance Program.

Each vendor can follow the testing guidelines to ensure that their offering is aligned with the conformance standards developed by the Zowe community. Products achieving conformance will have exclusive logos and marks which they can use in the promotion of their product. They will also be listed in the Zowe Conformance Directory. Vendors that are a part of the initial launch include Broadcom, IBM, Phoenix Software and Rocket Software.

Hosted by The Linux Foundation, the Open Mainframe Project is comprised of more than 30 business and academic organizations that collaborate on vendor-neutral open source project with the mission of building community and adoption of open source on the mainframe. The Open Mainframe Project strives to build an inclusive community through investment in open source projects and programs, career development and events that provide opportunities for the mainframe community to collaborate and create sustainability.

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