Note: It is recommended that AWS Mainframe Modernization service be delivered and managed through AWS professional service engagements and Mainframe Migration Competency Partners. Pricing details below are informational. If you are ready to explore mainframe migration and modernization, please contact an AWS mainframe specialist or an AWS Mainframe Migration Competency partner to assist with building an estimate which includes a complete set of services used in a typical AWS deployment.

With the AWS Mainframe Modernization service, various components have different prices. You only pay for what you use with no upfront commitment or minimum fee. Alternatively, you can select committed plans for additional savings. Some components do not have additional charges:

  • For AWS Mainframe Modernization Blu Age Runtime, you can choose on-demand instances and pay for the runtime by the hour with no long-term commitments or upfront fees, or choose committed plans for additional savings.
  • For AWS Mainframe Modernization Blu Age assessment, analyzer, converter, developer, and build tools, there is no additional charge. You will incur charges for any AWS infrastructure that is consumed.
  • For the AWS Mainframe Modernization Micro Focus runtime and developer tool, you can choose on-demand instances and pay for the runtime by the hour with no long-term commitments or upfront fees, or choose committed plans for additional savings.
  • For the AWS Mainframe Modernization Micro Focus analyzer and build tools, there is no additional charge. You will incur charges for any AWS infrastructure that is consumed.

Pricing details

Committed plans

Committed plans are appropriate for steady-state workloads and offer significant savings over on-demand pricing. For example, committed plans are generally suitable for production environments with 24/7 consumption, while on-demand pricing can be suitable for intermittent usage, such as development and test environments. One-year and three-year commitments are available. Please contact your AWS representative for discount details.

On-demand pricing

On-demand pricing for AWS Mainframe Modernization Blu Age Runtime
Instance Type Pricing
M2.m5.large $0.31 per hour
M2.m5.xlarge $0.62 per hour
M2.m5.2xlarge $1.24 per hour
M2.m5.4xlarge $2.48 per hour
M2.m5.8xlarge $4.96 per hour
M2.m5.16xlarge $9.92 per hour

The same pricing applies to c5, c6i, m6i, and r5 instance families.

On-demand pricing for AWS Mainframe Modernization Micro Focus Runtime
Instance Type Pricing
M2.m5.large $5.55 per hour
M2.m5.xlarge $11.10 per hour
M2.m5.2xlarge $22.20 per hour
M2.m5.4xlarge $44.40 per hour
M2.m5.8xlarge $88.80 per hour

The same pricing applies to c5, c6i, m6i, and r5 instance families.

On-demand pricing for AWS Mainframe Modernization Micro Focus Developer
Instance Type Pricing
large1 $2.14 per hour
xlarge $4.28 per hour
2xlarge $8.56 per hour
4xlarge $17.12 per hour
8xlarge $34.24 per hour

(1) Micro Focus Developer relying on stream large instances such as stream.memory.large or stream.compute.large has a price of $2.14 per hour except when relying on stream.standard.large which has a price of $4.28 per hour. 

Additional charges

Some AWS Mainframe Modernization components rely on Amazon AppStream 2.0: Developer IDE for Blu Age; Micro Focus Analyzer; Micro Focus Developer. For these components, you will incur corresponding AppStream 2.0 charges. See Amazon AppStream 2.0 pricing for details.

Some AWS Mainframe Modernization components rely on AWS CodeBuild: Build Tools for Blu Age; Build Tools for Micro Focus. For these components, you will incur corresponding CodeBuild charges. See AWS CodeBuild pricing for details.

AWS Mainframe Modernization runtime components do not store persistent application business data. If you decide to store application data in file-systems such as Amazon FSx or Amazon Elastic File System (EFS), you will incur corresponding charges. If you decide to store application data in databases such as Amazon Aurora or Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS), you will incur corresponding charges. See Amazon FSx pricing, Amazon EFS pricing, Amazon Aurora pricing, and Amazon RDS pricing for details.

Pricing example

Example: Financial Services

Let’s say you are migrating a mortgage management application from a mainframe to AWS over a six-month duration. For this effort, you use the AWS Mainframe Modernization service with the Blu Age analyzer tool, then the Blu Age converter tool and Blu Age build tools. You also use 4 M2.m5.large instances for tests and preproduction every month. These instances are only started during business hours, or eight hours a day, for project delivery. 

The bill at the end of the month (22 business days, assuming no weekend usage) using AWS Mainframe Modernization in US East (N. Virginia) would be calculated as follows:

Usage type Hours used Instances

Blu Age analyzer tool

40 hours

 

Blu Age convertor tool

44 hours

 

Blu Age build tools

24 hours

 

Blu Age managed runtime M2.m5.large instances

8 * 22 = 176 hours

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For the month, your AWS Mainframe Modernization service bill will be 176 hours x 4 instances x $0.31 = $218.24, a total which does not consider the AWS Free Tier.

Example: Automotive

Let’s say you have migrated and modernized a parts inventory management application from a mainframe to AWS. For maintaining and enhancing the application, you use the AWS Mainframe Modernization service with 2 Micro Focus analyzer instances and 2 Micro Focus build tools. You also have 4 developers using Micro Focus developer large instances working business hours. You use 2 Micro Focus runtime M2.m5.large instances for tests during business hours. You use 2 Micro Focus runtime M2.m5.large instances for production 24/7.

The bill at the end of the month (22 business days; 30 days total) using AWS Mainframe Modernization in US East (N. Virginia) would be calculated as follows:

Usage type Hours used Number of instances

Micro Focus analyzer tool

40 hours

2

Micro Focus developer tools

8 * 22 = 176 hours

4

Micro Focus build tools

44 hours

2

Micro Focus managed runtime test M2.m5.large instances

8 * 22 = 176 hours

2

AWS M2 Micro Focus managed runtime production
M2.m5.large instances

8 * 30 = 240 hours

2

 


For the month, your AWS Mainframe Modernization service bill will be  176 hours x 4 instances x $2.14 + 176 hours x 2 instances x $5.55 + 240 hours x 2 instances x $5.55 =  $6,124.16, a total which does not consider the AWS Free Tier.

Free tier

As part of the AWS Free Tier, you can get started with the AWS Mainframe Modernization service for free. The Free Tier lasts 30 days and includes large instance sizes.

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