Google Cloud acquires mainframe migration firm Cornerstone

Joanna Estrada
February 22, 2020

Google LLC today announced that it has acquired Cornerstone Technology B.V., a Netherlands-based provider of software and consulting services for modernizing mainframe applications.

According to Google Cloud, companies have relied on a mainframe architecture to run their mission-critical workloads, but it often prevents developers from taking advantage of new technologies that allow them to innovate faster. Cornerstone, which provides very hands-on migration assistance, will form the basis of Google Cloud's mainframe-to-GCP solutions.

The sale of Cornerstone, a Dutch company, suggests Google Cloud aims to simplify the transfer of companies' mainframe data.

Weale added: "As the industry increasingly builds applications as a set of services, many customers want to break their mainframe monolith programs into either Java monoliths or Java microservices". "Cloud computing presents the opportunity to modernize your applications and your infrastructure, resulting in better capabilities and allocation of resources so your organization can focus on your core business". "Google Cloud is listening to its customers and meeting them where they are, steadily improving its services and attracting businesses across industries", said Matt Eastwood, Senior Vice President, Enterprise Infrastructure, Cloud, Developers and Alliances, IDC.

Cornerstone brings innovative solutions and a wealth of experience to Cloud's portfolio of products and services, thus helping the customers modernise their infrastructure and applications, such as conversion flexibility migration roadmap development, and automated data migration, as they move to the cloud.

The company under CEO Thomas Kurian is in a wave of acquisitions, in the process of restructuring the Cloud group to realign the focus on worldwide markets.

Reportedly, this deal is one of a series of acquisitions Google has completed in recent years to help consumers to migrate to the Cloud. Google recently revealed that its cloud business has hit a mark of USD10 billion annual revenue run rate.

Over the course of this year, Google Cloud also plans to open more areas and regions in Salt Lake City, Las Vegas and Jakarta, Indonesia.

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